You know Kai Barger. Well, you know him now anyway, since he blew doors at the ASP's Billabong World Juniors Championships in January.
But here's something you didn't know about Kai. He's one of the few professional surfers on the global scene who actually completed regular high school.
In surfing, across the board of all action sports really, athletes with promising futures are pulled out of their 2nd period English classes, and home schooled. This allows the kid to travel as need be for contests and filming. Not to mention it drives everyday surfers nuts, as the local wiz kid is out nabbing waves at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday.
Kai graduated from King Kekaulike High School on Maui (If my school was called King Kekaulike, I'd stay too) last year with a 3.2 GPA. As his father Bill notes, no other current surfers from Hawaii who are competing internationally, finished regular high school.
"I got the socialization of being around all the kids I grew up with outside of surfing and of being part of a bigger thing," says Barger. That will definitely help in later life.
So, is the boy bound for higher education?
"I'd like to go to college. But there is no time for that now with the WQS this year and taking advantage of my seeding from Worlds to make a run for the WCT. Maybe online classes sometime," adds Barger.
This semester, look for Barger to be studying at Qualifying Series University.