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Nathan Carabba. Photo by Sheri Crummer/
Nathan Carabba. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

By Andrea Swayne

Age: 13, Capistrano Virtual Academy

Nathan Carabba is preparing to enter the eighth grade and begin his fourth year as a surfer.

Paddling out for two or more sessions a day is a discipline Nathan says is not hard to stick to, due to his love and dedication to the sport. For him, surfing is a passion he loves more than “pretty much everything.”

This year Nathan will surf in the SSS, WSA, Surfing America Prime, VQS and some Arnette events. The busy schedule, he said, is just part of doing what it takes to realize his dream of becoming a pro surfer.

Although his mind is firmly set on making his surf dreams a reality, Nathan says he can also see himself becoming a trainer, coach and physical therapist, an idea inspired by his training with Kevyn Dean at DSC.

In school Nathan is a straight-A student of Capistrano Virtual School, an online independent study program. Having learning to successfully navigate his way through school via independent study, he feels that online studies will most likely be the path he takes in college as well.

“You have to get on it, on your own, but being able to surf every day is so worth it. Sometimes it’s easy to get sidetracked, especially when the waves are good, so staying focused takes self-discipline,” he said.

“I’d like to thank my parents, coach Kevyn Dean and my shaper Hamish Graham for all of their help,” Nathan said. “And my friends, for ripping and making me want to surf better.”

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