Three for the price of one – The Gudauskas Brothers.

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Recently, the Gudauskas brothers-Tanner, Dane, and Patrick-have been coming up and people arenoticing. Thanks to their dad Tom, we gathered the guys together for a milk and cookie interviewsession after school. Here’s what they had to say:

TransWorld SURF: Introduce yourselves and tell us where your homebreak is.

Tanner Gudauskas: I’m Tanner Gudauskas, I’m eleven, from San Clemente, and we’re all sponsored byQuiksilver, Local Motion, Spy, and Ocean Minded. I definitely like to surf Lowers cause we live soclose to it and our homebreaks in South San Clemente.

[IMAGE 3]Patrick Gudauskas: I’m Patrick Gudauskas and I’m fourteen.

Dane Gudauskas: I’m Dane Gudauskas and I’m fourteen too.

Do people ever mix you guys up?
PG: All the time, teachers especially.

It’s not uncommon to have a picture with one of your brothers’ names?
DG: The picture hasn’t happened yet, but they confuse us a lot.

Have you guys had to compete against each other yet?
PG: Dane and me, we’re always competing, we usually will finish pretty close to each other and thenthe exact next contest we’ll flip it. So recently, there’s a lot of them where we took first andsecond, and then the second contest we took second and first. We do that a lot. Tanner’s down adivision, so we don’t usually compete against him. Actually, this weekend, we’re having a statechampionships for school, so he’ll be in our division.

What school do you go to?
DG: Shore Cliffs Middle School.

All of you go to Shore Cliffs?
DG: Yeah, Patrick and I are in eighth and Tanner’s in sixth.

I know you two are probably in a lot of heats together, do you ever gang up on people?
DG: Yeah, all the time.

What’s some of your tactics?
DG: One guy always will always keep a guy off of a wave-take a guy deep into the pit-while the otherone will have the open face on a clean wave. If one brother’s down will he say- “I’m hurting for a wave, can you just sit on that guy for me so Ican catch up?”

DG: If one of us is doing really bad and it’s in a final, and the other one is doing really good, thenthe guy that’s doing really bad will help the guy that’s doing really good.

PG: Or, if Dane’s doing really good and I’m doing bad, then Dane will-and you know Dane’s gonnawin-he’ll hold off a guy or two so I can bump my standing a little bit.

You guys are a little older than Tanner, do you try and set a standard for him?
DG: He’s improving at a much rapider pace than us two were.

[IMAGE 2]PG: When we started surfing, we started surfing Doheny and San O’s and like Trails and stuff. And thenwe moved here and he hit Riviera we all starting going at a certain rate and then we started going wayfaster. He got that a lot earlier so it helped him a lot. Plus watching us, I think, he gets time likewhat we do with older kids like Timmy Reyes, Anthony Petruso, and those guys-we watch what they dothen try to imitate it I guess you could say. We recreate it and put a twist of our own on it. So hethink he kinda does that with us.

Tanner, who are some surfers that you look up to? Are there a lot of San Clemente guys you three alllook up to?

TG: Well, I look up to my brothers, John Robertson is the guy that surfs really good. I’d say AnthonyPetruso is definitely another and probably Chris Ward and Noah Budroe.

When it comes to family fights who wins?
PG: I get angry really easy. Dane can be a tough one to take down.

What about later on when you guys start fighting over girls and stuff and has it happened already?
DG: No, not yet.

Who’s the big man on campus?
PG: We share the limelight.

What are some other things you like to do?
DG: We like to skateboard and shoot some hoops. We were playing water polo at the pool, but not now.

PG: Or even go fishing in the summertime. During the summertime we’ll take the longboard out and go sit outside the surfline or even se rock which is a rock that pretty far out-like maybe a mile offour beach. We do that whenever we can.

TG: I just like to golf. I do everything that Dane does, but he didn’t say golf and I like to golf.

There’s a course right here, isn’t there?
TG: Yeah, like right up the street.

Do you find balls and sneak on the course?
PG: Down in our canyon there’s a runoff that comes down and when it rains all the balls in the creeksand stuff, fill up, and wash down. The creek down here will be, like, golf balls everywhere. So we godown, take a bucket, and fill it with golf balls and chip them or take them on the driving range.

Does it help to have a dad that works in the surf industry?
DG: Yeah, he helps a lot with surfing.

Does he coach you?
DG: Yeah and Noah Budroe.

TG: And Todd Kline too.

Who shapes your boards?
DG: Noah Budroe

Does he make boards catered to you guys specifically?

PG: He lives real close to here, so we usually surf with him a lot. So he knows what we do and ourstyles and stuff. When he makes our boards he knows what we should have, maybe we’re not doing this orthat so he’ll make the boards narrower, a little bigger-whatever it is. That’s one of the main thingsthat helps us the most-having a shaper who you surf with who knows what you surf like as opposed tosomeone far away that wouldn’t see you surf.

You have classes together and stuff like that. Do you share the same homework and do you cheat offeach other on tests?

PG: Say we have science and english homework, I’ll do the english and he’ll do the science, or viceversa. Then we just give the each other the opposites-it cuts your time in half. Last year in seventhgrade we had identical schedules-we had all six classes. This year we have the same classes butdifferent periods. So we have two the same and then four different.

Who’s the craziest among the three of you?
DG: Tanner.

Why’s that?
DG: He’s just weird. He does his hair weird and tries different maneuvers when he’s surfing and justgoes psycho.

[IMAGE 1]When it gets big he charges?
DG: Yeah.

PG: No, no way, He sits on the inside and goes “It’s big out there.”

Who’s the most aggressive?
DG: Me.

PG: You, no.

DG: Me, yeah.

Who’s the mellowest then?
DG: Uh, that’s me.

You’re both?
DG: Pat’s the most aggressive.

Who has the weirdest habit? Who picks their nose a lot?
Quiet

So you don’t snitch each other out. You have a good tight bond with each so that if somebody doessomething pretty dumb you won’t snitch each other out to your parents?

PG: Unless it’s something like someone steals candy that we just got, then it could have gone to allthree of us, and say Tanner stole it. Then we go, “He just took it, we should get double that.”

Do your parents get so frustrated they send you to your room?

TG: Sometimes.

Do you fight over who watches what TV show?

DG: Yeah.

TG: Sometimes.

PG: One of us will always want to watch surf videos and the other ones would be like, “There’s a goodshow on.”

Do you guys pretty much have a lot of different tastes in a lot of different things?
TG: Yeah, Dane’s more like brighter, mellow colors, and his style is more smoother. Pat will go moreradical in his surfing style-you can see it too. I guess I’m just a mixture of both.

You guys want to be pro surfers someday right?
DG: Yeah.

Do you ever think who’s gonna be the most successful?
PG: Right now the Hawaiians are the highest of the food chain for our age group. So you kinda look atthem going “The smaller picture is in California-Southwest.” Then you have bigger, then you get allthe way out to the nationals where you see everyone and what they’ve been working on. Mainly, we’relooking on to the Aussies and the Brazilians-there’s so many great people we don’t even know about.Between us, we don’t think who will be the best.

Obviously your real young, what do you think you’ll be doing ten years from now?
TG: I definitely think Kelly Slater’s definitely taken surfing to a new level with his backflip. Ithink more people are gonna be using straps and doing a misty flip or something, I think it’ll be soadvanced that we’ll be doing double rail-grab misty flips-super complicated moves you wouldn’t thinkof right now. I definitely think the short trunks are gonna come back in the year 2000 and we’re gonnago back to the 70s boards.

DG: I think that everyone’s just gonna be trying new boards, lighter weight, smaller boards that willkeep or less getting smaller. They’re gonna invent new foams and experiment in board designs more thanthe surfing. Everyone will try bigger and gnarlier moves. I see myself surfing good.

PG: I think that there will be new innovations with the boards. People will be stalking out new surfspots where there’s gonna be less people. Where I hope to go with my surfing is more power on top ofKelly Slater’s back flips and big moves like that where your just busting huge airs and stuff. Wellrounded-having a lot of power.

etween us, we don’t think who will be the best.

Obviously your real young, what do you think you’ll be doing ten years from now?
TG: I definitely think Kelly Slater’s definitely taken surfing to a new level with his backflip. Ithink more people are gonna be using straps and doing a misty flip or something, I think it’ll be soadvanced that we’ll be doing double rail-grab misty flips-super complicated moves you wouldn’t thinkof right now. I definitely think the short trunks are gonna come back in the year 2000 and we’re gonnago back to the 70s boards.

DG: I think that everyone’s just gonna be trying new boards, lighter weight, smaller boards that willkeep or less getting smaller. They’re gonna invent new foams and experiment in board designs more thanthe surfing. Everyone will try bigger and gnarlier moves. I see myself surfing good.

PG: I think that there will be new innovations with the boards. People will be stalking out new surfspots where there’s gonna be less people. Where I hope to go with my surfing is more power on top ofKelly Slater’s back flips and big moves like that where your just busting huge airs and stuff. Wellrounded-having a lot of power.