Athlete of the Week: Cantor shredding national comps

CantorTraveling the world and surfing is a dream most teenage surfers have at one point, but for Murrells Inlet’s Micha Cantor, that dream is simply a reality.

The Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week officially received his nomination for winning the pro division of the surfing portion of the Salt Games in Myrtle Beach. With the Salt Games win, the 15 year old added to his resume and his bank account.

It’s a position that Cantor is quickly becoming used to. “He’s one of the best up and coming surfers on the East Coast,” said Atlantic Surfing Federation Executive Director Phil Jackson. “He’s the 2015 ASF East Coast Champion in Open Men’s and we’re happy to have been a part of his success. Micha is on a path to break through the amateur ranks and into the pros, quickly.”

Cantor’s skills come from work, practice, travel and genes. His father, Stoney Cantor is a well known, lifelong surfer from the south end. He had Micha in the water and wave sliding before he was out of diapers, but says Micha didn’t really start standing up and riding until he was about four years old. “He’s accomplished so much, and surfing has allowed him to travel all over the world. He’s won about every contest on the east coast.”

Two of those contests have led young Cantor to the west coast for nearly a month of competitions. Last fall, he won two Surfing America Prime series contests, in Nags Head, NC and in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Those two wins gave him the series victory and an entry into the United States Surfing Championships this week at Lower Trestles, San Onofre State Beach.

The goofy footed Cantor advanced to the quarterfinals of the Under 16 division on Tuesday and will surf later today with the finals set for tomorrow. Keep track of his progress here.

Following the US Surfing Championships, Cantor will stay in California for the NSSA Nationals at Huntington Beach Pier next week. Then, it’s off to participate in a few Junior Pro events back on the east coast.

When back in South Carolina, the homeschooled teen can be found surfing at 13th in Surfside Beach, or Garden City Pier. “I don’t really do much, except skate, surf, and hang out with my girlfriend,” said Micha. “I’ve gotten into jiu jitsu and kickboxing lately, that’s fun.”

Surfing sponsors cover equipment and travel costs, “Vissla is my main sponsor, along with AJW surfboards, D’Blanc sunglasses, FCS fins and Village Surf Shop.”

Cantor’s goal is to eventually make it onto the World Surf League tour. His father is fine with that, of course. “I just want him to be happy. I like seeing the kid smile. Once he says it’s not fun, we’re out of it. But, he loves it, and as long as he loves it, we’re gonna do it,” said Papa Cantor.

Photo Credit: Kent Ficklin – Nimbus – Grand Strand Surfing

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