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Chiasa Maruyama’s father shapes surfboards and her surfing future

Chiasa Maruyama’s father shapes surfboards and her surfing future

Taichi Maruyama came up a little short of his dream of becoming a pro surfer, so shaping became his thing.

“Shaping,” in this case, has a sort of a double meaning. He shapes surfboards as a hobby, including the boards used by his 16-year-old daughter Chiasa. He also has been instrumental in shaping a potential professional surfing career for Chiasa, if she continues on her current path.

Maruyama is a junior at Huntington Beach High School and already has put together an impressive surfing resume. She finished fourth in girls’ shortboard in the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. National Championships as a freshman, then repeated her fourth-place showing last year as a...

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