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10 Questions with Ryder Sturges, Malibu water polo
Ryder Sturges, 18, is a 2017 Malibu graduate who played water polo and was on the surf team.
How did you first get into water sports?
I was born into a surfing family so that’s what I did growing up. I didn’t start playing water polo until the eighth grade when my friends introduced me to it.
How often do you surf, and where?
I try to surf every day or whenever there are waves. I surf all over the place around Malibu.
Does any one moment from your water polo season last year stand out?
There’s not one moment, but the group of guys I played with, and my coach, I will remember for the rest of my life.
What did you like about going to school in Malibu?
I liked how small it was. Everyone knew everyone and everyone was friendly and not very exclusive.
Are you going to college in the fall?
Yeah, I’m going to Mesa Community College in San Diego.
So would you say there’s any mental benefits of surfing? Like, do you find it meditative?
I’m not sure of that, but I do know every single time I get out of the water I feel better than when I get in.
Where in the world would you most like to travel?
I really want to go to western Australia. It’s super remote and there’s some really good waves there.
Did things you learned surfing help at all with water polo? Or vice versa?
Yeah, totally. Water polo taught me to be patient and I think that helps with surfing.
What is your dream job?
Pro surfer, for sure.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Try not to take life so seriously.
Interview by Freelance Reporter Ryan Flynn.