Cam Richards made history last week in Huntington Beach, California when he won the NSSA Open national surfing championship. At age 15, the Garden City and Saint James High student won the national crown in the 16 and older division. He's the first east coast surfer to win the NSSA's Open title since 1978.
Richards NSSA win is part of a three week run that he says is one of the best of his career. He won the "King of the Groms" competition on June 22nd which earned him $900 and an all-expense paid trip to France in October to compete in a worldwide event. He also plans to surf in Indonesia and Bali later on in July to help prepare for further competition. Richards has amateur status, but he has a lucrative sponsorship from Billabong surfboards. Cam's goal is to reach the highest level of professional surfing, but has no specific timetable when he will begin a pro surfing career.