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SoCal surfer takes first in women's division at the US Open of Surfing

Lakey Peterson, a Santa Barbara, CA native, poses with fans on Friday, August 3. Peterson went on to win the women's pro division on Sunday.
Lakey Peterson, a Santa Barbara, CA native, poses with fans on Friday, August 3. Peterson went on to win the women's pro division on Sunday.
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Santa Barbara surfer Lakey Peterson boarded to victory in the women's final of the U.S. Open of Surfing, one of two surfers to score a perfect 10 last weekend.

Wins from Peterson, 17, and 23-year-old men's division winner Julian Wilson marked a new wave in the sport.

"The younger generation has come in and we're changing the sport for the better," Peterson told the L.A. Times. "I think it's a really positive thing and it's only going up from here."

Also the youngest female in the Association of Surfing Professionals, Lakey Peterson snagged $100,000 after besting last-year's competition winner.

The younger surfers spend more time out of the water with a newer style of surfing that involves more aerials, kickflips and 360s, according to the Times.

Thousands of swimsuit-clad spectators came to Huntington Beach to watch some of their favorite pro-surfers catch air.