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By Andrea Swayne
Blue Engelking, 15, and Keaton Rose, 12, are the newest members of the Hobie Surf Shop Surf Team. Both of these stoked, mainly soul surfers, signed their contracts last week at the Dana Point store and couldn’t be happier about being chosen to represent the iconic brand.
Blue, a sophomore at San Clemente High School, spends most of his time in the water atop a shortboard but is also skilled in longboarding and stand-up paddling.
“I was super stoked to be chosen. It’s an honor to be on the Hobie team. I’m excited because it’s a super fun group of people who enjoy having fun in the water like me,” Blue said. “It makes me feel good to know the team managers have faith in me to help promote the brand and represent the Hobie lifestyle in a positive way. That means a lot.”
Blue’s other interests include playing the guitar and golfing. He also enjoys helping people, and through his church, went to Mexico this summer to help build a home for a deserving family. He is a college-bound ‘A’ and ‘B’ student who hopes to attend the California Maritime Academy to earn a degree in marine transportation.
Keaton is a sixth-grader at Bernice Ayer Middle School and also an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student.
Mainly a shortboarder, he has done a few contests—Christian Surfers and Stoke-o-Rama events—but says that, like Blue, competition is not his main focus.
Keaton also enjoys playing on his club baseball team, swimming and playing water polo. When he grows up, he’d like to be a missionary or a marine biologist.
This year Keaton missed sign-up day for the Stoke-o-Rama for the first time as he was in El Salvador with his church, sharing his faith with the youth there and trying to help them escape the influence of gang life.
“It’s pretty amazing to be on the Hobie team because I like their style,” he said. “It’s about the way a person lives—have fun, be yourself, have our own style. The best part of being a surfer is being laid back and stoked about life. I think that’s the most important part.”
It’s a safe bet these two talented surfers and all-around good people will have no problem living up to their obligations of acting as brand ambassadors, getting good grades and being positive stewards of surfing, in and out of the water.