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Age 3, hanging 10: Preschooler surfer is a natural

  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs a wave as his father, Todd, watches in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "He’s the most coordinated 3-year-old I’ve ever seen," says the 35-year-old captain/paramedic with Morro Bay Fire Department. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, surfs a wave as his father, Todd, watches in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "He’s the most coordinated 3-year-old I’ve ever seen," says the 35-year-old captain/paramedic with Morro Bay Fire Department. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs a wave as his father, Todd, watches in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "He’s the most coordinated 3-year-old I’ve ever seen," says the 35-year-old captain/paramedic with Morro Bay Fire Department. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, surfs a wave as his father, Todd, watches in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "He’s the most coordinated 3-year-old I’ve ever seen," says the 35-year-old captain/paramedic with Morro Bay Fire Department. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets some help squeezing into his wetsuit from his father, Todd, before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, gets some help squeezing into his wetsuit from his father, Todd, before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets some help squeezing into his wetsuit from his father, Todd, before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, gets some help squeezing into his wetsuit from his father, Todd, before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, heads out to the surf with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, heads out to the surf with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, heads out to the surf with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, heads out to the surf with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, poses for a photo with his surfboard before catching some waves with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, poses for a photo with his surfboard before catching some waves with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, poses for a photo with his surfboard before catching some waves with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, poses for a photo with his surfboard before catching some waves with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, waxes his surfboard before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, waxes his surfboard before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, waxes his surfboard before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, waxes his surfboard before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs standing on his board in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, surfs standing on his board in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs standing on his board in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, surfs standing on his board in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets a high five from his father, Todd, after riding all the way to the sand in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, gets a high five from his father, Todd, after riding all the way to the sand in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets a high five from his father, Todd, after riding all the way to the sand in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, gets a high five from his father, Todd, after riding all the way to the sand in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, plays with a tourist's iguana during a break from riding waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, plays with a tourist's iguana during a break from riding waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, plays with a tourist's iguana during a break from riding waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, plays with a tourist's iguana during a break from riding waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, and his father, Todd, hit the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, and his father, Todd, hit the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, and his father, Todd, hit the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

    Triston Gailey, 3, and his father, Todd, hit the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs a wave as his father, Todd, watches in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "He’s the most coordinated 3-year-old I’ve ever seen," says the 35-year-old captain/paramedic with Morro Bay Fire Department. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs a wave as his father, Todd, watches in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "He’s the most coordinated 3-year-old I’ve ever seen," says the 35-year-old captain/paramedic with Morro Bay Fire Department. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets some help squeezing into his wetsuit from his father, Todd, before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets some help squeezing into his wetsuit from his father, Todd, before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, heads out to the surf with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, heads out to the surf with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, poses for a photo with his surfboard before catching some waves with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, poses for a photo with his surfboard before catching some waves with his father, Todd, in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, waxes his surfboard before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, waxes his surfboard before hitting the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs standing on his board in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, surfs standing on his board in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets a high five from his father, Todd, after riding all the way to the sand in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, gets a high five from his father, Todd, after riding all the way to the sand in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, plays with a tourist's iguana during a break from riding waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, plays with a tourist's iguana during a break from riding waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, and his father, Todd, hit the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)
  • Triston Gailey, 3, and his father, Todd, hit the waves in Morro Bay, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo), Joe Johnston)

Ditching his Thomas the Tank Engine T-shirt for a wetsuit and life jacket, the preschooler rides the waves with the big boys on the Central California coast.

Triston’s father, Todd Gailey, tells the San Luis Obispo Tribune that his son started boogie boarding with his 6-year-old sister last year. But when the blond-haired toddler began standing up on the short board, his dad bought him a 5-foot-8 surfboard from Costco.

Right away, Triston was turning heads as he perfected his form: poised and balanced, hands out in front as he rides waves to shore in Morro Bay.

Todd Gailey, a life-long surfer, calls his son a “natural,” and the most coordinated 3-year-old he’s ever seen.

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