surfingJoy Magelssen Monahan (’11) “hits the lip” of a wave in the blue-green waters of La Côtes des Basques in Biarritz, France, this July. After a grueling six days of competition, Monahan edged out 47 competitors from across the globe to become the first Hawaiian to be named the Women’s World Longboarding Champion. Struggling at the beginning of the final heat, Monahan came from behind in the last five minutes to win the title. “Once the horn blew, signaling that the heat was over, I just started to cry,” the BYU accounting major says. “I was overwhelmed with emotion knowing that I finally had accomplished my dream to become a world champion.”