By Andrea Swayne
Talented surfers and the best of friends, Alexxa Elseewi, 13, and Gus Day, 12, both became Scholastic Surf Series middle school state longboard champions last weekend.
The SSS Middle School State Championships, May 3-4 at the Oceanside Harbor South Jetty would see Gus’ team, Shorecliffs Middle School, take the overall team title and Alexxa’s, Bernice Ayer Middle School, in fourth place. Alexxa was a double finalist, also earning a second-place finish in the girls shortboard division.
We talked to both of them about the contest, surfing, their plans for the future and each other. Here’s some of what they had to say:
What did it feel like to become the SSS middle school state champ?
Alexxa: “It always feels good to win. I really wanted to take first place in short boarding though.”
Gus: “It was cool to win. The waves were fun.”
Why do you think your friend won his/her title?
Alexxa: “We didn’t get a chance to watch each other’s final because we were surfing at the same exact time but I’m sure Gus won because he rips and has great style. He’s a beast.”
Gus: “Alexxa won because she surfs really well and has amazing style. She intimidates.”
What was your strategy?
Alexxa: “My strategy was to be patient and try to pick the best waves possible and have fun on them.”
Gus: “Simple, catch the best waves and surf them better than anyone else.”
Are you chasing a pro surfing career?
Alexxa: “That’s my goal. I’m training hard and always trying to get better.”
Gus: “If I feel like I have a good chance at a pro career and a good opportunity comes my way, I’ll go for it.”
What’s the best thing about surfing?
Alexxa: “Being with nature and having fun in the water with friends.”
Gus: “It’s really fun and you meet a lot of new friends.”
Would you like to congratulate your friend on his/her win?
Alexxa: “Congratulations Gus. You’re my favorite barn. Ha ha. That’s an inside joke.”
Gus: “Good job Alexxa. I was rooting for you, you barn.”
Any last words?:
Alexxa: “I love Gus.”
Gus: “I love Alexxa sooo much.”