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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School
When school starts, Bryce Crane will begin eighth grade and his second year on the Shorecliffs surf team. This season he will compete in the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour, Scholastic Surf Series and a few National Scholastic Surfing Association Open events.
Bryce’s goals include making it into the Surfing America Prime Series, earning a spot on the USA Surf Team, moving up to Pro Junior events, then on to the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour.
Ultimately, however, he dreams of becoming a paid free surfer.
“I went on a trip to Australia in February with some local pros, Electric team riders, and got to see how they live. It’s such an amazing way to make a living, traveling the world, surfing the best breaks and getting paid for it,” he said, adding that he’d also like to study business in college and start his own surf-related company.
Bryce practices two to three times a day and is currently working on a combination of top to bottom surfing and aerial maneuvers. In school he is a straight-A student and aims to keep it that way.
“My parents are pretty strict on that. If I can’t keep my grades up, I can’t surf,” he said. “Bad grades are definitely not an option.”
Bryce would like to thank his parents and sponsors Electric, Blackline, Captain Fin and Stance Socks for their support. “I thank my parents, especially, for everything they’ve done, all the support and the wallet,” he said. “Because without them I wouldn’t be where I am now, getting prepared for my future.”