Minnesota teen stops in Loudon on journey to wakesurf in all 50 states, raise money for Special Olympics
By Kayla Strayer, WATE 6
LOUDON (WATE) – A Minnesota teenager is spending her spring break hoping to do something no one else has done: wakesurf in all 50 states.
Meghan Dolliff, 14, started her goal last year in Hawaii. She stopped at the Malibu Boat Factory in Loudon Thursday to surf her 30th state on the Tennessee River.
Meghan’s dad, Doug Dolliff. is driving the pair to all the southeast states this week. Their goal isn’t just to break the record, but to raise money for special needs children like Meghan’s sister Madison.
“She’s really been a huge role model in my life, and I love her so I want to raise money for her and other kids like her,” Meghan said.
“Meghan is great. She’s just an amazing kid. Helping her sister in every way and out here surfing through some tough challenges, not every state is easy,” Doug said.
Meghan said one of the toughest spots so far was in Alabama where there were alligators in the water. Throughout the trip, Doug Doliff cheers his daughter on and records every new lake she wake surfs. They say the challenge is bringing them together at just the right time.
“Fourteen-year-old girls, they barely talk to you, so this way she has to talk to me for 50 hours. So it’s been fantastic,” Doug Doliff said.
“My favorite part is getting to see all 50 states. That’s one thing that most people don’t get to do,” Meghan said.
Mike Quinlan with Malibu Boats says his company is happy to help the Dolliff’s reach their goal.
“Anytime we see where families get involved with their kids and they do something special we want to be a part of it and Meghan is an unbelievably special kid she’s talented and she’s doing this for the right reasons,” Quinlan said.
They’re hoping to raise $5,000 for the Special Olympics. They plan to hit Iowa, their last state, on Father’s Day in June.