Catch a wave with a local Champion—Josh Richardson

Story by: Anastasia Netzinger

Photography by: Christine Hall

As the weather warms up, most Savannahians start planning for trips to the beach. Sunbathers, volleyball players and bocce ball pitchers can all enjoy the sun and sand, while kite surfers, skim boarders and surfers, like Josh Richardson, prefer to ride the ocean waves. Richardson, a senior at Islands High School in Savannah, has recently gained national attention for his surfing talents. He has been competing in surfing contests since 2009, and his hard work and practice have lead to a successful career in surfing. Richardson has placed in many competitions, surfed with the National Scholastic Surfing Association and traveled to surf in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. Last summer, he took the win in the Junior Longboard category at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Surfing Championships, which included competitors from Delaware to Georgia. This year is his third on the Eastern Surfing Association All-Star team, an elite group of surfers who are nominated by a representative from their respective district. This January, Richardson was selected from the team of 24 surfers to become the first Georgian team captain of the ESA. South had a chance to talk with Richardson about his love for surfing, the local surfing culture and what his new title means for him and the All-Star team.