He's barely a teenager, but already Oahu native Finn McGill is making waves in the surfing world as the youngest Hawaii-born surfer to compete in last weekend's HIC Pro.
"I remember when I was younger just going surfing with my friends everyday after school and we'd always compete with each other," McGill said. "One person would go on a set and do something big and you'd want to do better than them or go on a bigger wave and it was just a competition pretty much my whole life."
The 15-year-old North Shore native is already drawing comparisons to another hometown hero, John John Florence, who first qualified for this competition at just 13 years old. Despite the lofty expectations, McGill says he's just happy to be competing alongside the surfers he's looked up to his entire life.
"When I was four years old, I would come after school, bike down here during these contests and watch these older guys and just be so excited if I got their autograph or if they waved to me or high-fived me. Now I'm surfing with them and hanging out with them, and it's so cool."
While plenty of eyes were on Hawaii's young surfing prodigy, McGill hasn't let any of that pressure affect his approach to surfing.
"I mean I want to show everybody what I can do out here, but I'm also just trying to have fun and maybe get into the Triple Crown this year."
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