Young American Gunner Day

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San Clemente's Gunner Day is 13 and is sponsored by FOX, G'Day Surfboards, Electric, and Sea 7 Technology. On any given day San Clemente’s littered with groms ripping the crap out of the waves, and the talent pool is so deep you’d think they're breeding them! Although it’s tough to rise above and stand out, some groms do, and Gunner Day is one of those kids you’ll see killing it from the beachies to Lowers. What's great about Gunner is that he has an air game but can also throw down some solid turns on a rail! Throw in an ear to ear smile, a surfing family (which includes his Uncle Garth Day shaping his boards) and you have a great combination for another San Clemente grom you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the near future! We recently caught up with Gunner in between NSSA finals and here’s what he had to say…

Interview and photo by Kurt Steinmetz

Ghetto Juice: You come from a surfing family. Tell us a little bit about that…
Gunner Day: Yeah my dad has been surfing for 35 years now and he got me into it at a young age. I’m very fortunate to have my family.

Lots of ripping groms in SC these days. What makes you stand out from the rest?
I’m not really sure if I stand out at this point in time, but only time will tell if I begin to.

What SC rippers inspire you and why?
Wardo, Ian Crane, Brother, Jeremy Carter, Tanner R, the Gudauskas Brothers and Nate Yeomans because they rip and they all have different things about their surfing that just amps me up.

In your opinion, who is the most under-rated surfer in SC?
Ian Crane, for sure. He has speed, power, flow and airs. He’s really gnarly and I think good things will start to happen for him.

Describe the perfect day for you …
I’d wake up early to pumping barrels out in front of the house and surf for a few hours then go get an acai bowl then hangout with my friend for a few hours, then an afternoon session until dark, then run home and eat potatoes!

If you could have one super power— used only when surfing —what would it be and why?
To hold my breath for as long as I need so I can surf anything.

You got a favorite travel destination?
I really like Costa Rica because there are points, beachies and slabs … just, like, everything.

What crew do you roll to Lowers with?
Hmmm… Noah Hohenester, Kei, Nick Melanson, Kade Matson, Nathan Carabba, Jacob and Noah Atwood, Bryce Crane, and my brother Gus.

Airs or man carves?
Man carves … because I feel like an adult, man. (laughs)

What are your goals for the future?
Well I really want to be in the ASP Top 32 one day, but before that I want to win the VQS champs and NSSA Nationals.

Cool. Anybody you'd like to give a shout out to?
I want to say thanks to Christian Saenz and the guys at Fox for supporting me. And my dad for taking me to every comp and telling me where to sit. And thank you to my uncle Garth of G'Day Surfboards for making all my boards, and Eric Crane at Electric, Kevyn Dean for letting me in the program at DSC, and Greg Prahm at Sea 7 technology…. Lastly, Clutch international and thanks Kurt.


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San Clemente's Gunner Day is 13 and is sponsored by FOX, G'Day Surfboards, Electric, and Sea 7 Technology. On any given day San Clemente’s littered with groms ripping the crap out of the waves, and the talent pool is so deep you’d think they're breeding them! Although it’s tough to rise above and stand out, some groms do, and Gunner Day is one of those kids you’ll see killing it from the beachies to Lowers. What's great about Gunner is that he has an air game but can also throw down some solid turns on a rail! Throw in an ear to ear smile, a surfing family (which includes his Uncle Garth Day shaping his boards) and you have a great combination for another San Clemente grom you’ll be hearing a lot more from in the near future! We recently caught up with Gunner in between NSSA finals and here’s what he had to say…

Interview and photo by Kurt Steinmetz

Ghetto Juice: You come from a surfing family. Tell us a little bit about that…
Gunner Day: Yeah my dad has been surfing for 35 years now and he got me into it at a young age. I’m very fortunate to have my family.

Lots of ripping groms in SC these days. What makes you stand out from the rest?
I’m not really sure if I stand out at this point in time, but only time will tell if I begin to.

What SC rippers inspire you and why?
Wardo, Ian Crane, Brother, Jeremy Carter, Tanner R, the Gudauskas Brothers and Nate Yeomans because they rip and they all have different things about their surfing that just amps me up.

In your opinion, who is the most under-rated surfer in SC?
Ian Crane, for sure. He has speed, power, flow and airs. He’s really gnarly and I think good things will start to happen for him.

Describe the perfect day for you …
I’d wake up early to pumping barrels out in front of the house and surf for a few hours then go get an acai bowl then hangout with my friend for a few hours, then an afternoon session until dark, then run home and eat potatoes!

If you could have one super power— used only when surfing —what would it be and why?
To hold my breath for as long as I need so I can surf anything.

You got a favorite travel destination?
I really like Costa Rica because there are points, beachies and slabs … just, like, everything.

What crew do you roll to Lowers with?
Hmmm… Noah Hohenester, Kei, Nick Melanson, Kade Matson, Nathan Carabba, Jacob and Noah Atwood, Bryce Crane, and my brother Gus.

Airs or man carves?
Man carves … because I feel like an adult, man. (laughs)

What are your goals for the future?
Well I really want to be in the ASP Top 32 one day, but before that I want to win the VQS champs and NSSA Nationals.

Cool. Anybody you'd like to give a shout out to?
I want to say thanks to Christian Saenz and the guys at Fox for supporting me. And my dad for taking me to every comp and telling me where to sit. And thank you to my uncle Garth of G'Day Surfboards for making all my boards, and Eric Crane at Electric, Kevyn Dean for letting me in the program at DSC, and Greg Prahm at Sea 7 technology…. Lastly, Clutch international and thanks Kurt.

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