Matt Niswonger

By Matt Niswonger

Shoreline Middle School, located near Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz County, has a surf team that competes in the Santa Cruz Scholastic Surf League. Recently members have been talking about a field trip to Kelly Slater’s wave pool near Visalia. What started as an idea to petition the legendary surfer for a crack at his “dream wave,” turned into full-blown rumors that Kelly had already granted the middle school surf team a golden ticket to his surf ranch. “We have not heard from Mr. Slater regarding the use of his surf ranch, despite rumors to the contrary,” Shoreline surf coach Caleb Murray told ASJ. “We are definitely keeping our fingers crossed. We know every surfer in the world wants a crack at that wave, and it would be a dream come true for these kids and the whole community.”

Shoreline eighth grader Tyler Bonner wrote the following to the surf icon: “Dear Mr. Slater, you are an inspiration to us. Before our surf practice some of us watch videos of you as motivation to be the best. If we ever have the opportunity to surf your wave pool it would be a dream come true and an inspiration to every student at Shoreline Middle School. I hope you consider inviting us.”