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Alex Vejar, Assistant Editor
2:32 pm PDT July 6, 2015

Thelen McKinna-Worrell was supposed to be a professional surfer. 

As a 10-year-old Malibu native, he began riding the waves when his friends switched from skateboarding to surfing. Three years later, he was winning competitions and being named National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Standout of the Week in 2010 by Surfer Magazine.