WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- From novices to seasoned veterans, more than 100 female surfers took to the waves this weekend to compete in the east coast Wahine surfing competition. Barbara Corey is the oldest surfer competing. Corey said, "I've been doing it 43 years, I just love it… Some people are just blown away by the fact that I'm still doing it after all these years." "They're impressed that I'm still out there doing it after all these years -- competing at the age of 57." Corey says her love for the water has kept her coming back. "Surfing is fun, that's the main thing I like about it, every wave is different." The veteran surfers says she won't let her age get in the way of the sport she loves. "You know, I'll probably die on my surfboard. It's just too much fun to give up; I may not be out there riding the big waves but I'll be out there doing something." Other surfers on the other end of the age spectrum are already sharing Corey's love of the sport. Surfer Malia Spear said, "It's fun to do because sometimes you have the spirit and want to be famous and sometimes its fun to have people just watch you." Samantha Newkirk has been surfing since she was just 18 months old. "I want to be a pro surfer when I grow up," Newkirk said. "I like surfing because it's like no other sport." She says she too plans on riding the waves for the rest of her life. The competition was for females ages four to 57. It started Saturday and ended Sunday afternoon.
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