Topsail Advertiser: How long have you been surfing?

Topsail Advertiser: How long have you been surfing?

Dakota Cottle: Iím 9 now, and my dad first put me on a board when I was 3, so roughly six years.

What kind of boards do you use? What was your first board?

I mostly use a 5í4Ē SOD. My first board was a 6í4Ē fish by Santa Cruz.

Do you compete? If so, what have you won?

Iíve just started competing. Iíve done one Eastern Surfing Association competition and the Shivering Surf Off with Onshore Surf Shop. So far Iíve gotten a couple of second place finishes.

Dawn patrol or evening session?

Definitely dawn patrol. It just seems to me that the waves are better in the morning.

Describe your dream wave.

My dream is a barrel at Mavericks!

Highest number of stitches ever earned in a surf session?

Zero. Iíve been speared in the head a few times by my board though.

Whatís your favorite place you have surfed or would love to surf in the future?

My favorite spot is right in front of my house.

Name two rules of surfing etiquette every beginner should live by.

1. Respect the beach! Pick up after yourself. 2. Donít be a wave hog. Just because you can catch every wave doesnít mean you should.

What is the best advice another surfer ever gave you?

Always stop by Onshore Surf Shop. I think it was Mr. George who told me :-)

Any shark or sea creature encounters?

Iíve seen a few black tips in knee-deep water, but no close calls or anything like that.

Whatís the best local storm you ever surfed? What made it superior to others?

I donít really know. Any storm that produces a four- to five-foot wave is overhead to me. I have quite a few overhead days.

Who taught you to surf?

My dad taught me to surf by pushing me into waves on his longboard.

What surfing story do you never get tired of telling?

Any time I take a big drop Iíll be sure to let you know about it.

Would you ever mention your favorite place to surf locally?

I told you where my favorite spot was. I just didnít tell you where I lived.