Athlete of Week: Royston riding waves of success

Tyson RoystonSurfside Beach’s Tyson Royston has been tearing up the waves locally since he was 5 years old, but the most recent Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week has started to produce on the regional level as well.

Royston, who made the finals of the Ron Jon’s Salt Games Pro/Am says his biggest win to date is the Atlantic Surfing Federation East Coast Championship last fall, where he came in 1st place in the under 18 division. “He’s a great kid in and out of the water, and an explosive surfer,” said ASF Executive Director Phil Jackson. “He’s fun to watch. If he continues to progress at this rate, he’s going to be one of the best to come from the East Coast.”

The homeschooled 15 year old learned from local legend and shaper Kelly Richards. Richards is the owner of Village Surf Shoppe and father of pro surfer Cam Richards, “I’ve only seen a handful of surfers from this area that have both the natural talent and the desire to win. When you have both of those, like Tyson does, the door is wide open for his career. The guy is surfing unreal right now,” Richards said.

Royston’s nomination came after a fantastic performance in the Salt Games, but it’s his attitude that stands out. “I just try to show good sportsmanship. I congratulate the other surfers and try to encourage everyone,” Royston said.

This week’s athlete of the week certainly has a bright future. We gave him ten quick surfer questions to learn more:

Goofy or Regular- Goofy

Lefts or rights-Rights

Favorite local break-Garden City Beach pier

Dream travel destination- Fiji

Favorite move – Layback (See the image sequence below)

Favorite pro surfer-Gabriel Medina

Short board or Long board- Short board

Best local surfer – Phil Jackson, but only after donuts

Favorite surf wax- Sex Wax

Worst chore your Momma makes you do – The dishes

 

Photos by Kent Ficklin –NimbusGSS.com

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