GROM OF THE WEEK: Sage Burke
Name: Sage Burke
Age: 16 years old
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
School: California online academy
Local Break: 54th st.
Magic Board: 5'8" Jensen
IG Account: @sage_burke
Quote: "Be like water."
Describe the feeling you get when you paddle into a monster? Everything happens so fast that it becomes a mix of excitement and fear. It's the best feeling in the world.
How has spending time with the Big Wave Risk Assessment Group helped your confidence? It have given me all the confidence in the world. Spending time with that group of Big Wave specialists has given me a new focus in life.
What was your top three takeaways from the BWRAG class? CPR, conscious breathing and acting in a situation to get an unconscious person on a board to survive.
How can you apply what you learned from the BWRAG to your everyday life? Preparation is key and how to breath through my nose.
What advice do you have for your peers? Stay healthy and active.
How does fear help you achieve your goals? It becomes a wall you want to climb and overcome. The fear is the reward on the other side.
What gets you stoked? Cool people.
Who is in your Tribe? @ryanrector_ and @sam_neiger
What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I am in the gym training for the next run of swells.
When does a Grom become a Man? 18
What kind of waves are you focusing on this year? 2-40 ft. Everything that comes my way.
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? My favorite thing about the ocean is riding a wave and not thinking about anything but you and the wave.
Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Both, I am just so stoked to be out in the ocean when the conditions are good.
Dream Trip? Desert Point with Andy Irons.
Post surf Grinds? Poke bowls dude.
Inspirations in or out of the water? The Gudauskas brothers are defiantly an inspiration. The positive vibe they bring everywhere is something I want to have. Always good times and smiles with them around.
Where do you want to be in 2020? Traveling the world and getting some SHACKS!
Todos of The Wedge? Todos, because it doesn't break often and it is a lot of work to get to the wave.
What is your first memory of the ocean? When I was three years old surfing with my dad.
How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? Surround myself with people that build me up in a positive way and lift me up rather than down.