I have been surfing for three-and-a-half years.

Topsail Advertiser: How long have you been surfing?

Baron Markley: I have been surfing for three-and-a-half years.

What kind of boards do you use? What was your first board?

I ride Jimmy Keith surfboards. Short boards.

Do you compete? If so, what have you won?

I do compete.

Dawn patrol or evening session?


Describe your dream wave.

Long draining barrels.

Highest number of stitches ever earned in a surf session?


What’s your favorite place you have surfed or would love to surf in the future?

As of right now, New Smyrna, Fla. But I would love to surf Nias.

Name two rules of surfing etiquette every beginner should live by.

To not cut someone off.

What is the best advice another surfer ever gave you?

To not pull back in surfing or life.

Any shark or sea creature encounters?

I saw a spinner shark jump really high.

What’s the best local storm you ever surfed? What made it superior to others?

Hurricane Sandy. I got some really good barrels and some good turns.

Who taught you to surf?

My mom taught me.

What surfing story do you never get tired of telling?

The time when I landed my first air.

Would you ever mention your favorite place to surf locally?

Only to some.

You would love to:

Get a spot on the world tour.