Surfing kids make international waves

4:18 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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MORRO ROCK, California (KSBY) -- Last week, a local surfer made international headlines after having his moves documented in Morro Bay. A video of the young surfer named Triston went viral, turning him into a surf celebrity overnight.

"My name is Triston, and I am 3-years -old and I like to surf," he said Thursday on the beach at Morro Rock.

Triston caught his first wave this summer, but how do you teach a three year old to surf?

"Teaching a 3-year-old to surf is pretty unique. I know he is not the only three year old in the world to surf, but I know there are not a lot," said his dad, Todd Gailey.

His dad said it comes down to Triston's willingness and desire to paddle out. Before taking to the waves, Triston had to prove his swimming skills by making it 25 meters across Sinsheimer Pool.

"Really one of the big things that helped him surf was putting him on a skateboard first. Letting him learn to balance on both feet and bend and move and turn, and as he liked the water more and became a better swimmer, all of a sudden he wanted to surf," said Gailey.

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