Rio: “I just want to spin around in circles.”
  • Rio: “I just want to spin around in circles.”
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Name: Rio

Beach: Ocean Beach

Rio was named after the 1983 Duran Duran hit. He is 10 years old, and he’s been boogie-boarding since he was five. “When I catch a wave,” he said, “I just want to spin around in circles.”

This Sunday, Rio paddled out with his red Morey boogie board while his parents chaperoned from their surfboards. During the interview all three were posted up on the sand on the north side of the Ocean Beach Municipal Pier.

“One crash that I remember,” Rio said, “I was just surfing the wave and it just like flipped me over completely and I bumped my head in the sand.”

This day the waves were 2-3 footers which were good for his parents, but “they were a bit big for me,” he said.

“One of the reasons that I hate seagulls is because [they] started pecking on [my boogie] board.”

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