Editor’s Note: We recently reached out to Ace for a piece we put together on the tension between college and professional surfing. His response was so amazing, we asked if we could publish it in its entirety. Below is his complete response.
[Education] is something I’m passionate about, but probably more on a high school level as opposed to college. I don’t think getting a college degree and making the tour is out of the question but I think asking all aspiring pros to have a college degree is unrealistic. Surfing doesn’t have a college feeder system like the NFL, NBA etc. It’s much more international than that but my concern is with the amount of kids who choose, or feel the need to choose to drop out of high school in order to chase their dream of becoming a pro surfer, and the number of parents that enable that decision.