Sunday, February 17, 2008

Surfin' USA

Young Tobin Heath, the USA’s 19-year-old flank player, loves the beach. Although she’s from New Jersey, this kid definitely should have been born in Huntington Beach, Calif., due to both her appearance and laid-back attitude, as she could easily have been a surfer instead of a soccer player. (Does anyone remember that she was voted Best Tan on the U.S. U-20s?). Anyway, Tobin actually went surfing for the first time during training camp on the USA’s day off. She caught one wave, actually stood up, and was hooked. In fact, packing up this morning for her flight back home, Heath was carrying a large surfboard that she bought this past week. While she may have very little time to hit the waves with all the soccer she’s been playing (she still age-eligible for this year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup as well), and there is no surf in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she goes to school, count on Heath hitting the ocean again as soon as she get another chance.


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