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Waves have no end for local surf star Spivey

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (WCIV) -- We talk about homegrown athletes all the time -- guys like AJ Green, Roddy White, and Matt Wieters. 

These are the guys who grew up and honed their skills in the Lowcountry and are now performing at an elite level. 

We don't often mention James Island's Blue Spivey as one of them.

He may not have the fame or fortune as those guys, but Spivey certainly has been a top performer in his sport of surfing for quite a while.

"Surfing is like a mini vacation. Every time you go out, you get away from your cellphone. You get away from whatever is going on that day, especially when you catch a wave, nothing else is on your mind," said Spivey. 

A career in surfing is truly coming full circle for Spivey.

He started as a 12-year-old on Ocean Surf Shop's team. That same shop now sponsors the 36-year-old, helping him to travel the world competing in the sport he loves. He's been to Costa Rica, Tahiti, Hawaii and California. 

Cutting waves wherever he goes, his most recent finish is arguably his best. He took second place in the NSSA Nationals in California as well as a third place finish in the Surfing USA competition. 

"I was the only East Coaster in the final. It was a pretty big accomplishment for me," said Spivey. 

Wherever he surfs, The Washout at Folly Beach is truly home. He knows these waves best; he owes his success to them. 

"I enjoy being able to represent, make it to the finals in national-level contests in order to represent James Island and Folly Beach," he said. 

This upcoming weekend, meteorologists around the Lowcountry are scrambling to find the details on a building storm. Spivey is scrambling to find the beach and the building waves. 

"Coming up on hurricane season, everyone is hyped and stoked about getting in the water. It keeps me physically healthy as well as mentally. Competing is a bonus," he said. 

At 36 years old, he's accomplished what he wants in his career, but he's still nowhere close to hanging up his board. 

"I'm definitely going to keep competing. I'm a competitive guy and it keeps your game at a high level. As long as Ocean Surf Shop supports me, I'll wear the jersey," said Spivey. 

There's no end in sight, just blue skies and blue water ahead for Blue Spivey. 

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