By Andrea Swayne
Noah Brown, 12, was 8 years old when he moved to San Clemente from New Hampshire and his dad’s local friends taught them to surf at the same time.
“Now we both surf,” Noah said. “I think it’s a lot of fun to surf with my dad because he’s gone for work a lot and it’s good to be with him. I think he feels excited to spend time with me too.”
A member of the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team, Noah is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ sixth-grader who counts education as a priority.
“I think it’s important to do well in school because if you don’t you might end up being a hobo instead of having a good house, good food,” he said. “You just won’t have as good a life without an education.”
Noah loves surfing because of the fun it provides, especially when surfing with friends, and as stress relief, “like whenever I’m in trouble or something,” he said. “Popping up and standing on a wave is even cooler than making a goal in a soccer game.”
In addition to SSS contests with his school team, he also competes in WSA, Soul Surf Series and VQS events and was a competitor—teamed up with professional surfer Tanner Rozunko—in Nate Yeoman’s Fish Bowl Classic on Saturday. He is also in training for a professional surfing career.
“I train by surfing, skating and doing jiu jitsu every day,” Noah said. “I want to be on the World Tour to challenge myself against all the best surfers. I have some people who support me and my goals that I want to thank—Brawner Boards Surf Shop, GDAY Surfboards, Evervolve Clothing, Syck Trix and my parents.”
He is also looking forward to a life full of surf travels.
“My most recent trip was to Todos Santos in Mexico with my dad, Dave Post and my friends Nico Coli, Max Beach and Jake Levine,” Noah said. “We have plans to go surf K38 in Baja soon. I’m stoked because there’s good fishing there too.”