This is the story of Clay Marzo, a surfing savant who has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Clay rises to fame after scoring two 10s in the NSSA Nationals and dazzling the world with his incredible surfing in the Quiksilver Young Guns movies. But stardom is incredibly difficult for a young man who has never socialized well and the more famous he gets, the more difficult it becomes for him to deal with the pressure. Watch as Clay struggles to come to terms with his own talent and the stresses of being a professional athlete.
The Real Story of Clay Marzo | What Happened to Clay Marzo, Ep. 1
Clay Marzo was heralded by the late, great Andy Irons as 'the best 18 year old surfer in the world'. Kelly Slater said, 'He knows things I don't know about surfing.' He put together an incredible amateur and early pro career. His natural talent and potential were off the chart. Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a mild form of autism, he found it difficult though to make his way in the cut throat world of professional surfing and fell victim to the economic downturn hitting the surfing industry. Now 24, he finds himself at a crossroads in his career. 'What Happened to Clay Marzo' takes an honest and insightful look the life and times one of the most unique and inspirational athletes of any sport.
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