The 2010-11 school year has been nothing short of an amazing ride for Taylor Pitz.
That's how the Laguna Beach student-athlete describes the past seven months, months that have seen the 18-year-old strive for new goals and see them come to fruition.
"A lot has happened but it's been so amazing," she said.
Pitz could have entered her senior year on cruise control, having already achieved plenty. But to do so wouldn't have been her style. Instead, she challenged herself in different facets of her life, from the classroom, to college admissions, to the ocean. Along the way, she seemed to beautifully blend her studies with sports. At times she has found the challenges difficult, but in the end they were oh-so rewarding.
Her mantra was to just go for it.
In the span of a single weekend last month, Pitz learned that she had been accepted to UCLA, then two days later, she captured her second straight High School Varsity Women's title at the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. State Championships at the Huntington Beach Pier. Pitz dominated the division, scoring 12.67 to finish well ahead of second-place Kulia Doherty of San Clemente, who scored 8.37.