by LYDIA COBB | photo by Soul of Photography

Ocean Meets Skye

When Skye Phleger was 7 years old, her dad guided her into her first waves. “The best part about surfing is that it is always different – never the same,” shared Skye. “My favorite type of wave is a right-hand point break, like Rincon, because you can ride for so long and do as many turns as you want without the wave closing out.”

Now 13, she competes in local surf competitions and in the Western Surfing Association (WSA) Tour, as well as for Oakcrest Middle School. She placed second and fourth in recent events and surfed in the Scholastic Surfing Series (SSA) state championships held in Oceanside this past May. “My dad, my brother Max, and my friends have encouraged me along the way,” added Skye.

She lives in Leucadia with her mom and spends weekends in Del Mar with her dad. “Leucadia is a really fun and beautiful town on the beach and it is very surf-oriented,” she described. Beacon’s Beach is her favorite place where she usually sees friends in the water.

“The best part about surfing is that it is always different – never the same.”

Skye is in eighth grade at Oakcrest Middle School. It’s no surprise that Independent Study PE is one of her favorite things about school because it allows surf almost every day. “I am a team surfer and like to compete,” she mentioned. She’s also a strong reader and English is her favorite subject.
Off her surfboard, she might be diving or swimming. She loves dancing to punk rock and metal music. She skateboards, plays guitar, and creates art. “My favorite things to draw are people, especially eyes, because they are so beautiful and really fun to draw,” said Skye. “I also like painting abstract pictures because I paint whatever comes to my mind.”

She desires to surf in Fiji and recreate Baja surf adventures with her dad and brother. She’d like to compete professionally and explore modeling in the near future. Pro-surfer and healthy lifestyle advocate Bethany Hamilton (who lost her arm by shark attack and continues to surf) is her inspiration. Skye would also like to motivate others to follow their passions. Her horizon is one of liquid dreams for celebrating all the waves in life.


Name: Skye Phleger (13)
School: Oakcrest Middle School
Grade: 8
Parents: Eric and Dawn Phleger
Sibling: Max Phleger (14)
Pets: Rescued dogs – Darwin, a Smooth Collie; and Thor, a white Labrador
Favorite Place in 92024: Beacon’s Beach