By Andrea Swayne
Age: 10, Concordia Elementary
Tyler Vesque began surfing at the age of 5.
“My dad taught me and when I caught my first wave it just felt really good and I was really excited and happy,” Tyler said.
That’s when he knew he would definitely become a surfer. Since then he has competed in a handful of local competitions but last year’s Stoke-o-Rama was when he really decided that surfing is something he wants to do every day.
A fifth-grader at Concordia Elementary School, Tyler is also a top student, earning 3 and 4 marks (on a scale of 1 to 4, 4 being the best). He is looking forward to starting middle school next year and the opportunity to try out for the surf team. Tyler also has his sights set on surfing for the San Clemente High School team and following in his father Josh’s footsteps, who served as team captain in his high school days.
He also dreams of becoming a pro surfer. Thanks to the support and encouragement of family and friends, Tyler feels he is ready to delve into competition and would like to do some Western Surfing Association contests this season.
“All my friends compete and it’s just really fun to hang out with them and I feel like I’m ready,” he said. “A couple of days ago I went out at Rivi and I took off on a set and got a barrel. It was the first one I’ve made it out of.”