By Andrea Swayne
Age: 16, San Clemente High School
Colton Overin has scaled his competition schedule back a bit this season to devote more time to schoolwork and concentrating his surfing efforts toward high school team events.
“It’s been great because it’s given me some down time to focus on school and working as a lifeguard at the new aquatics center at Vista Hermosa Park,” he said.
Colton contributed greatly to his team’s winning season and is looking forward to league individuals later this month. He understands the importance of his junior year for keeping up his grades and exploring college options.
“I’m thinking about going to the California Maritime Academy to become a ship captain,” Colton said. “I’m working on getting my ‘Bs’ up to ‘As’. It’s hard trying to juggle everything, but it’s manageable if you stay on top of it.”
While excellence in school, surfing and lifeguarding are high on his list of goals for the New Year, he also said he will continue to work at being a good friend and surrounding himself with quality people.
“The guys on our surf team are all great kids. It’s really nice to be surrounded by such good people who have good grades and do well in the water and out of the water. It’s really a good group of people,” Colton said.
He also wanted to give a shout-out to his local sponsors, Catch Surf, Let’s Party Traction and Kaysen Surfboards, and to send his love and a big “thank you” to his mom, sister and brother for all of their support.