By Andrea Swayne
Kingston Watts, 8, from San Clemente has been surfing since the age of 4, something he says, “just kinda happened.”
When asked how he started, he credits his dad with teaching him and his mom with taking him to the beach to practice, but other than that, said, “It was a long time ago. I kinda forget.”
What he does know now about his experience as a surfer, is that it is something he has a passion for and dreams of doing professionally when he grows up.
A third-grader at Concordia Elementary, Kingston is also a good student who likes school and hopes to compete on his school surf teams in middle school and high school.
“I feel like I’m home when I’m in the ocean,” Kingston said. “And when I catch a wave it feels like love.”
He applies his affinity for the sport and desire to go pro someday into practicing nearly every day.
“Right now I’m working on my airs,” he said. “I can barely make ‘em. I can get the motion and get in the air, but I haven’t made any yet. I think it’s going to take me about two months to get it.”
Kingston also studies the style of a few of his favorite surfers as part of his practice routine.
“My favorite surfers are Nate Yeomans, Kolohe Andino and Jake Davis,” he said. “Jake is awesome at airs, snaps and cutbacks. Kolohe does really great airs too and Nate always gets sick barrels.”