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By Andrea Swayne
Josh Greene, 14, loves to skimboard. He feels it is a really underappreciated sport, but because it has a world tour and a handful of local contests, it is something he would like to continue to practice and climb the ranks.
“Not many people stick with it as a sport and compete, but it’s really fun when you do,” Josh said. “I’ve done a few contests but I really want to do more and eventually enter pro competitions.”
He likes the skimboard’s finless design and how it creates maneuverability allowing for a different type of wave ride than surfing, along with a whole different set of tricks. Some of his favorite maneuvers include backside wraps and backside aerials.
His preferred training ground is Laguna Beach, due to the beaches’ steeper slopes and coves that create shorebreak perfect for the sport, as well as the tight-knit skimboarding community there.
Josh also enjoys surfing with at Rivi and other San Clemente breaks.
An aspiring filmmaker, his hobby is making videos of friends surfing and skimming and sharing them on YouTube.
Josh is looking forward to starting his freshman year San Clemente High School next year and is especially excited about the surf P.E. class. He plans to create a skimboard club in hopes of raising the profile of skimming in San Clemente and growing the local skim scene. Josh is also happy that freshman year will bring together friends from all of San Clemente’s middle schools.
He finished middle school as a straight ‘A’ student taking mostly advanced classes.
“I plan on sticking with advanced classes through high school and hopefully getting into a good college—UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara or somewhere else close to the beach,” Josh said. “I hope to have a career someday in filmmaking or photography. I’m really into that. And I’d like to be a professional skimboarder by then as well.”