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Jake Shiroke. Courtesy photo
Jake Shiroke. Courtesy photo

By Andrea Swayne

Age: 14, San Clemente High School

Jake Shiroke is a self-taught shortboarder who said learning to surf was just a natural part of growing up in San Clemente.

Always eager to try something new, he decided to take up the sport after watching the surfers and deciding that it looked like a lot of fun. Jake was a member of the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team for two years. He now surfs every day, usually at T Street or Lowers. Jake has entered a few local surf contests here and there but is planning on making his competition series debut in the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour next season. This San Clemente High School freshman will also try out for the school surf team as either a sophomore or junior.

Jake’s other favorite activity is soccer, a sport he has been playing for six years. His San Clemente United club team—for which he plays in the forward position—was a top five finisher in the Coastal Soccer League this year. Jake will be trying out for the SCHS soccer team this year as well.

In school, he is a college-bound, straight-‘A’ student who hopes to attend UCLA after graduation. He also intends to make travel a part of his future and dreams of surfing all over the world, Indonesia being at the top of his list.

“Having fun in the water and being with my friends is the best thing about surfing,” Jake said. “I also like the challenge. Every time I paddle out I try to improve each maneuver I do.”

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