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Heath Hawkins. Photo: Abby Mulligan
Heath Hawkins. Photo: Abby Mulligan

Compiled by Andrea Swayne

Heath Hawkins, 13, of San Clemente is spending the summer before his freshman year doing what he loves—skimboarding, surfing and downhill skateboarding. We caught up with Heath at T Street to get to know the recent Vista Del Mar Middle School graduate.

DANA POINT TIMES: What is your favorite board sport and how did you get into it?

Heath Hawkins: Skimboarding. I’ve been doing it for about three years. My friend Josh Greene introduced me to it. At first tried it out on a little wooden skimboard at Calafia. I really liked it, so for Christmas I asked for a Victoria foamy, the next step up. Then I started going to Laguna a lot and got a new board. Once I learned to really catch waves I decided to keep going and see where I could take it.

DPT: Where do you hope to take it?

HH: I’ll try to go pro. But if that doesn’t happen, I’ll always have fun with the sport.

DPT: Why skimboarding?

HH: It’s the whole finless thing for me. Without fins you can do spins and stuff. I feel like it’s a mix of all the board sports and I just find it super fun.

DPT: Have you placed in any contests lately?

HH: A few months ago I placed third in the intermediate division at the Green Eggs and Am Balboa, stop No. 1 in Newport.

DPT: Tell me about your other favorite board sports.

HH: My favorite place to surf is Cotton’s. With downhill skateboarding, I love the feeling of going fast, breaking free and sliding. And I really like skurfing too. You put a skimboard on top of a longboard and paddle out. Then you catch the wave on the longboard and then ride it in on the skimboard.

DPT: Do you like school and what kind of student are you?

HH: I get mostly ‘As’ and a few ‘Bs.’ School’s OK. I like learning stuff. I find science interesting. We were learning about the universe and it’s kind of mind blowing to think how big it is and wonder if there is life on other planets out there.

DPT: Do you plan on going to college?

HH: I’m hoping to go to UC Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara or San Diego and maybe study something like astrology and planetary science.

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