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By Jake Howard

Max Beach is as core a grom as you’re going to find around San Clemente or Dana Point. He runs with a talented pack when he’s home and just got back from a training stint on the North Shore of Oahu. We caught up with the 15-year-old to see what makes a grom of his caliber tick:

What’s your surf life like in town?

In the summer, I’m down at Lowers pretty much all day [laughs]. And during the winter swells I spend most of my time at T Street or Gravels. My favorite wave in San Clemente is probably Lowers. When it’s firing, it can be one of the best places in the world.

And when it’s time to surf, do you put the word out to your crew?

I don’t plan or call up anyone to surf, but usually surf with the same group of kids from San Clemente.

Max Beach. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz
Max Beach. Photo: Kurt Steinmetz

Fill us in on the North Shore—how was it?

I had the best trip ever. I went over with Brad Gerlach and Taro Watanabe. When we first got there, the swell was smaller, but rising, so the first day we were out at Rocky Point and Sunset. The next few days, as the swell started pumping, Taro and I pretty much planted ourselves at Haleiwa and Pipe—making pit stops at Crispy Grindz for acai bowls and Foodland for “F’real” milkshakes on the commutes.

What’s coming up next? 

In the next few years, I’d like to see my surfing improve a whole lot more and being able to do what I love as a job, whether it’s being on the tour or traveling.

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