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By Andrea Swayne
Ethan Mudge has amassed many great memories during this year’s competition and is looking to cap off the season with more as the NSSA Open, NSSA Explorer and WSA Championship series come to an end. So far, one of his greatest came during an NSSA Open event in Huntington Beach where everything just “came together” for him and he earned one of his best scores ever.
“I caught a really good bomb in the last five minutes of my heat and got three vertical hits and a cutback and the judges gave me a 9.5,” said Ethan with a huge grin while reminiscing between heats at the WSA Gatorade Championship Series event at Salt Creek on March 24 where he was awarded the first-place trophy in the Boys U14 division.
His next big goals include qualifying for the Surfing America U.S. Championships and continuing on his quest for PacSun USA Surf Team membership.
“I really enjoy contest surfing because it’s fun to compete against the other guys because I never know how good they’ve gotten since the last time I surfed against them,” Ethan said. “I always learn something from the other guys. They push me to get better.”
In school Ethan is a straight ‘A’ student who has his heart set on studying Spanish in college someday as well as making a name for himself as a professional surfer. The order in which he pursues these goals will depend on how well his surf career is going by the time he is ready to graduate from high school, he said.