Shane Borland Interview.

Surfing or flying?photo

Scanning the horizon, Shano as he is affectionately called by his father Jimbo Borland as well as others answers quickly and at times he is taken aback at some of my venecular. To be expected, the kid is only 14 yet he has travelled the world more than most people ever will in a lifetime. Lately Shane Borland has been night surfing with Christian Flecther.

Shane Borland feels “No pressure.” from surf industry sponsors to perform. Well he just won his division at the NSSA Santa Cruz (16 and under.) and has returned from a trip to Nicaragua, were he says, “The waves were the best he has ever ridden and I got the barrel of my life.”It apperas there will be many more barrels of my life in many more far off and exotic lands. The kid is on fire and the surf, rather than quenching this fire only adds to the combustion. Speaking of adding to a conflagration, Shane is also a top ranked AM skater,stating, “Skating adds to my surfing and surfing adds to my skating, it gives me flow.” Well flow this wunderkind has a knack for as I watch him launch a lien air to tail to shallow end speed carve to oilie over the hip in the main bowl at Venice, CA skatepark.

As we pause for a quick change into wetsuits and a paddle out to small yet fabulous conditions at the Venice Breakwater, Shane gives me the rest of the story ( thanks Paul Harvey). Like most kids that have “jobs” such as skating, snowboarding, and surfing, Shane is homeschooled. This allows for him to travel and compete. The kid has been to Fuji, Bali, Mexico, as well as every spot on the west coast. Although surfing with top pros and legends such as Flectcher and the like as well as being influenced by the surfing of John John and Dane, Shano says his ideal surfing buddies are, ” My dad, brother Jimbo Jr, Big Al Sarlo, and Bro G. Ifd Shano is at home which is Topanga, CA he can be found surfing the local area of Zuma and of course Malibu. As we chat it up in the H20 Shano standing on the low tide exposed rock waits as dad catches a slow roller, and as the soup bounces off the rock Shano quite simply steps off the rock and onto his potato chip of a board following dad down the line, breaking rail and busting several airs of off Jimbo Sr’s wake, shouting, “That was fun! Let’s do it again dad!

Wrapping up the interview Shano says his favorite food is plate lunch. When pressed he just answers, “PLate Lunch” Perhaps it is the plate itself as he did not elaborate. Shane did add about surfing however, saying “Surfing gives me a feeling of accomplishment and freedom. I pressed the kid as to his contest strategy and he reveled his go to move in a contest if he has gain points. I’m not going to reveal that as perhaps you will go and check the kid out for yourself. Well on second thought I will give you dear reader a clue, as the first letters to the move are the same whether skating or surfing, F.S.R. To conclude Shane thanks his mother, father, brother,”Uncle Al Sarlo, his sponsors, RVCA, Tuttle surfboards,FCS,Jack’s, gorilla grip, and Globe. The kid is all heart and roots.


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