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By Jake Howard

“My favorite thing about surfing is that I can do it every day, and I love the feel of being in the water,” says 12-year-old Tosh Johnson.

The first time Johnson was on a surfboard, he was only 2 years old, but he says he “really started surfing at 5.”

Hailing from San Juan Capistrano, like so many kids in the area, Johnson was bitten by the surfing bug during the session he and his father would share at Doheny State Beach.

“I look up to my dad the most, because I wouldn’t be where I am without him,” Johnson says. “I also look up to my uncle, Mikey Todd, because he was a pro surfer and is an amazing surfer and coach when he is able to give me advice.”

Seven years later, Tosh’s love and passion for surfing and the ocean haven’t diminished. Currently barreling into 7th grade at Marco Forester Middle School, Josh can be found hitting the surf either at Salt Creek in Dana Point or Lower Trestles in San Clemente—when he’s not hitting the books.

“Surfing inspires me in school, at home and in the water, to keep working and never give up. Surfing is fun and I like to push myself to get better,” Johnson says.

Tosh Johnson / Photo Courtesy of the Johnson Family
Tosh Johnson / Photo Courtesy of the Johnson Family

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