- Name: Dave Hopper
- Age: 54
- From: Midway district, Sports Arena
- Interview: Tourmaline Surf Park
54-year-old Dave Hopper started surfing at the age of 13.
“My younger brother was surfing before me, so he gave me some pointers in the beginning. I was skateboarding a lot and I used to boogie board, so I picked it up pretty quick. I have been surfing PB since 1991.”
Hopper’s favorite surf memory is winning contests. “I got third a couple of months ago, but when I was younger and competing more often, I got fourth in the Nationals which was exciting. That was at Trestles.”
Hopper has had his fill of dolphins and seals, but sharks have been rare. “I’ve seen a shark in North Carolina close up. It was probably between 8-10 ft. I got out of the water. Recently in PB they were talking about seeing a shark in the Cove area. I didn’t see it, but I was out there that day. The one guy that did die at Solana Beach, I’m pretty sure they were swimming pretty far out offshore. The shark phobia is a little crazy.”