Newport's iconic Multi-sport athlete

Meet Kaleigh


With the right mindset, anything is attainable

Kaleigh’s willingness to follow her athletes instincts and pursue a dynamic lifestyle has enabled her to develop a focused yet relaxed vibe that has become instantly recognizable on a global scale.


The Story

Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, Kaleigh Gilchrist hit the water at an early age, and never looked back. It has been the unique blend of playing water polo, surfing and a powerful internal competitive spirit that has brought Kaleigh to where she is today.

Kaleigh fell in love with both sports at the age of eight and continued to excel through her junior career. She competed at the World Surfing Games with USA for five consecutive years and in the pool, was helping her high school team to win a California Interscholastic Federation. She topped of her junior career with an unprecedented back-to-back USA Surfing Under 18 Championship. 

During college at the University of Southern California, Gilchrist was the captain of the water polo team, leading them to a National Collegiate Athlete Association Championship in 2013. 

One month after the end of the season, she won another Championship representing USC, this time as a National Scholastic Surfing Association collegiate surfer.

Kaleigh represented Team USA in Rio winning an Olympic Gold Medal in water polo and is now splitting her time on the World Surf League Qualifying Surf Series and in the pool with Team USA. 

Tokyo 2020 is the near future goal and afterwards she hopes to make it on the World Surf Championship Tour.



In the water

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Gold Medal, Olympics, 2016
Gold Medal, World Championships, 2015
Gold Medal, World Cup, 2014
NCAA Championship, 2013
OC Register Athlete of The Year, 2010
CIF Championship, 2008

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1st Place Anditi Women’s Trials, 2017
4th Place Shoe City Pro, 2017
American Pro Champion, 2015
NSSA College National Champion, 2013
NSSA High School National Champion, 2010
Back to Back U18 U.S. Surfing Champion, 2009-2010

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In the spotlight

Media & press coverage



Out of the water


I strive to equip and inspire millennials to pursue a better version of themselves in all that they do.


Co-Founder, Camps4Champs

Camps4Champs was founded in 2017 by Kami Craig and Kaleigh Gilchrist. Our mission is to empower young women through our love and passion of water polo. More than a traditional water polo camp, Camps4Champs takes a deeper dive into what it means to BE a team rather than just being on a team. 


Founder, I Miss South Central

In her inaugural homecoming at USC, struggling with the "real world," just as most recent grads do, Kaleigh brought some humor to the situation and created the first "I Miss South Central" tee. Wearing the t-shirt around campus and receiving such positive feedback that creating a company became a no brainer. This was the beginning of "I Miss South Central."

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