- WSL / John Ferguson
- WSL / John Ferguson

There's a lot to say about Orange County's Bella Kenworthy on a pretty regular basis. On a skateboard or surfboard the 13-year-old is one of the most accomplished kids her age, and now she's just joined the distinguished Vans surf team.

She exploded onto the scene last year as part of the inaugural "Lady Bird" flight at Stab High in Waco, Texas-and air show exclusively for girls under 15. Earlier in the year she made the semifinals of the Dew Tour's skate competition and the next day jumped in the water at the USA Surfing Championships at Lower Trestles and qualifyed for the Girls Under 16 USA National Surf Team.

The oldest of five kids, Bella comes from a surf family. Her father, Jason, is a surf photographer and filmmaker. He made Andy Irons first film, "Raw Irons." And he had Bella on a board pretty much from the time she could walk.

In fact, she learned to walk during the 2007 Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast, where her dad was helping a young wildcard named Carissa Moore find her footing on the international stage.

Before the 2020 WSL season got derailed by the COVID-19 crisis, Bella was rolling through the Junior Pro ranks, finishing third at the Ron Jon Roxy Junior Pro.

The future is bright and it's going to be epic to see where the relationship between Bella and Vans takes the sport of surfing and skateboarding in the future.

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