By Marlena Chavira-Medford
Del Mar native Zach Miller has been skateboarding at the Encinitas YMCA since he was 4 — you’ll still spot him there, only now he’s doing it as a full-time professional.
“I pretty much skate every day, and it’s been that way about as long as I can remember,” he said. “I grew up surrounded by skateboarding.”
That’s because he’s the son of famed professional skateboarder Chris Miller, making him the second generation in the sport.
Though it’s only his second year in the professional realm, this 2007 Torrey Pines High School graduate is already on the fast track to making a name for himself. He’s now competing in the fourth annual Ultimate Boarder Surf, Skate, Snowboard Championships, a weeklong triathlon open to top pros, amateurs, and Olympians who compete for a $50,000 purse prize.
Miller has only competed professionally in skateboarding, but he’s certainly no newcomer to surfing or snowboarding.
“Growing up in Del Mar, I got into surfing pretty early,” he said. “As I got a little older, I took up snowboarding, and I still make it out to Mammoth or Big Bear when I can.
“I think that I’ve competed enough in skateboarding that I’ll be able to carry some of that into surfing and snowboarding for this competition. When you do board sports like these, a lot of your skill transfers over.”
The snowboard portion of Ultimate Boarder kicked off Saturday, April 2, at Mammoth Mountain. After that, the competition moved to Seaside Reef for the surf portion of the event, which will took place April 4 to 7. The event ends Saturday, April 9, with an 8 a.m. awards ceremony and a day of skateboarding at Seaside Reef in Cardiff.
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