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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 13, Bernice Ayer Middle School
Jack Small is in his second year as a member of the Bernice Ayer Middle School surf team. He took third-place at Scholastic Surf Series event No. 3, Jan. 11 at the San Clemente pier, helping his team claim a fourth-place finish among Orange County middle schools. .
A San Clemente native and member of a surfing family, Jack rode his first waves at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his dad. He now competes exclusively in longboarding but enjoys shortboarding as well.
This bright eighth-grader is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student, fluent in Spanish and his favorite subject is science. Although he’s still undecided, Jack thinks he may want to pursue a career as a writer. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His other interests include playing the trumpet, skateboarding and swimming. He has been swimming competitively for two years and would like that to be his main sport in high school, although he may decide to try out for the surf team as well. Jack says he really enjoys free surfing over contests and therefore will most likely not pursue a pro career.
“I will probably surf for fun for the rest of my life. I love the rush and feeling of accomplishment whenever I get a good wave,” he said. “Even though you don’t feel the accomplishment of winning when you’re free surfing, the accomplishment of learning new tricks is just as good.”