By Andrea Swayne
Age: 7, Concordia Elementary
Brayden Burch has blasted on to the competition scene this season, taking wins in his first three events. He started the season off right, winning the Micro Grom U9 Shortboard division in his Western Surfing Association debut, event No. 1 at Trail 6. Brayden went on to claim top honors at the Gudauskas Brothers’ Stoke-o-Rama contest at T Street on September 15, then followed that up with yet another Micro Grom victory in WSA Event No. 2, September 23 in Ventura. “My dad taught me to surf when I was about four or five. Both my parents help me out a lot and that’s pretty cool,” said Brayden. “When I’m out in the water it feels like my head is just going off and I just have more fun every minute. When I’m on a wave it feels great.” Brayden tries to practice as much as he can at his favorite spots—T Street, Rivi, San O and Lowers—and is currently working on improving his snaps. When he’s not at the beach, he likes to stay active in other sports like soccer, football, baseball, skateboarding and swimming. He especially likes jumping off of high diving boards, he said. Brayden is a good student who says the two best things about school are recess and reading. Another favorite of Brayden’s is traveling. He’s already taken surf trips to Hawaii, Australia and Costa Rica and has dreams of becoming a professional surfer so he can continue to explore surf breaks all over the world.