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By Jake Howard

Eight-year-old AJ Iredell has not only been ripping lately, he’s been sharing the stoke and firing up the good vibes in every lineup he paddles out in.

Learning to surf around the Oceanside Harbor zone, his dad got him in the water when he was only 3 years old.

“When I was 2, I was in New Jersey in the winter, and I would see surfers go out, and that pretty much inspired me,” AJ said of his humble beginnings. “My dad and brother did it, so I figured out that I would try it when I was 3. It’s pretty hard, so not as many people can do it, but I’m pretty happy that I can do it.”

When it comes to what he loves about the sport and culture of surfing, AJ points out that it’s not how hard you rip, but how much fun you’re having.

“My favorite thing about surfing is that I get to hang out with my family and friends, stoke them on, have fun,” AJ said. “Every wave is different, so I get to try new tricks on every wave, and also—fun fact—if it looks dead flat when you paddle out, there’s always waves.”

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