Kids Doing Rad Stuff: Soryn Preston

What is your name?

My name is Soryn Preston. 

How old are you?

I am 10 years old.

Where are you from?

I am from Long Beach, California. 

Tell us a little bit about your family…

My parents are both from California and have a passion and love for the ocean. They raised me at the beach and love me very much. 

What’s your favourite subject at school?

My favourite subjects in school are math and science. 

If you could talk to animals, what would you tell them?

Did you see dinosaurs?

 What age did you start learning to SUP?

I started to learn how to SUP at the age of four years old. 

What board do you race on?

I race on the Bru Surf/ Snapdragon SUP custom ‘super fast soryn’ 12’6”x 20”x7”.

What are some of your biggest achievements yet?

Some of my biggest achievements are racing in the open ocean all by myself (unassisted), surfing in waves during races and signing contracts with multiple surf sponsors before the age of ten. 

What are your favourite things to do outside apart from SUP?

I enjoy skateboarding, surfing, skimboarding, beach volleyball, gymnastics, rock climbing, art, music, mountains, snowboarding, friends, hanging with my parents, fun and adventure.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would like to go to Australia. I want to surf the famous spots like Byron Bay. Also, I want to pet a kangaroo. 

Share with us a happy memory you have from this year so far?

Hanging out with my parents at the beach. 

If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?

If I could meet anyone living right now I would like to meet Kai Lenny from Hawaii. He is a very inspiring athlete who pushes the boundaries of our sport and he is an ambassador for our ocean and nature. 

Who have you been lucky to have met so far?

I was really happy to meet Ryan Funk from Hawaii/Tahoe. He is an amazing all around paddler. I am proud to have him as an Onit Pro teammate. I can’t wait to see him continue to do awesome things. Also, Chuck Patterson, what a fun guy!

Who inspires you?

The three people that inspire me the most right now are Jade Howsen, Shay Foudy and Izzy Gomez. These ladies are those I look up to, ask advice and can’t wait to beat them in competition someday. I am proud to call them my friends. 

What’s your dream job?

My dream job would be a photographer or a famous surfer. 

What do you love most about the ocean?

I love the way it moves, how powerful it can be and what it can do. I love the way it sounds and the way it feels. The way that I seem to have a connection to it that is deep inside me. 

Do you have many problems regarding ocean plastics where you live?

Oooohh YES! There are many plastics around. I try to keep my beach as clean as possible. I try to participate and do as many beach cleanups as I can.

Do you ever participate in beach clean-ups?

I do participate in beach clean-ups. I do them on my own and with an awesome organization called Aligita

If you could change anything in the world, what would you change?

I would change the way we treat our world, our earth and each other. I know this is the only earth and ocean we have so we have to respect it and clean up after our mistakes. We need to keep this beautiful world clean.