Kulia Doherty: strong heart and spirit

Kulia Doherty honoured the passing of her dad, Mike Doherty, after winning the Under 18 division of the Nike Surfing America Prime presented by Got Milk?, at San Onofre State Beach.

The young surfer decided to compete only two days after losing her father of a heart attack. Mike raised by himself his daughters Kulia and Lani and moved from Maui to San Clemente, in 2009.

"We have lost a member of the Surfing America family," says Surfing America. "He loved to watch his girls compete, and Kulia bravely honored his memory by competing in and winning the Surfing America Prime event at Church Beach, San Onofre, Saturday morning."

Lani Doherty is 19 years old and has been competing in the Oakley World Pro Junior. Both sisters are surfing in professional surfing circuits and represent Surfing America in international tournaments.

Surfing America announced that checks to benefit the sisters can be made payable to The Shoreline Church, 1062 Calle Negocio, Suite A, San Clemente, CA 92673, with "Doherty Fund" on the memo line. Donations also can be made online at theshoreline.org.

"These girls need our support both emotionally and financially," Surfing America said.