The Connection Between Growing Up Poor And Going On To Win World Titles - Stab Mag
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San Clemente, California: home to the 2021 WSL Finals. The average price per square foot of a house here has more than tripled in the past three decades. Similar statistics apply to many other surf towns around the world. Below, we contemplate what that might mean for competitive surfing and explore why so many of our world champions grew up poor. Photo: Trevor Moran

The Connection Between Growing Up Poor And Going On To Win World Titles

“The wealthier a town gets, the fewer really good surfers you’ll find in the water.”

Words by Jamie Tierney

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