By ALEXANDREA BAILEY
A member of the local South Padre Island surfing community, Gaines Burns, succeeded in securing first place at the Texas State Surfing Championship, held April 23 – 24 at the Island’s own Isla Blanca Park, in the Senior Longboard division, a goal he had been working towards for many years.
Burns has at least 52 years of surfing experience. He says he first started riding the waves when he 14 years old. “It was just something to do,” says Burns.
While he was in middle school, a near-lifelong best friend of Burn’s invited him to go surfing. The friend lent Burns a board, without knowing that this moment would begin a domino effect, where Burns would one day earn the title, Texas Surf Champion. He has been traveling to the Island to surf ever since.
“It’s just something I became obsessed with,” revealed Burns.
He says when he is in the water, he feels at home. “I’ve felt really comfortable in the water, ever since I was a little kid. My grandparents used to take me out to Boca Chica when I was about three years old. I’ve always just loved the water.”
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