While most three-year-olds are trying to master the playground climbing frame, teeny Triston Gailey rides waves twice his height - as the world's youngest surfer.

Awe-struck crowds watch amazed as the little lad conquers the surf at Pismo Beach, California.

His proud dad, Todd Gailey, 35, who has trained him since he was still in nappies, said: "He loves the water and he loves the challenge.

He's fearless. "He gets this really intense look on his face when he surfs. I think likes succeeding and he likes the feeling of surfing all the way in.

"Triston know surfing is a big-person thing. He enjoys knowing he's pushing himself and he's doing something the other little kids aren't doing. It makes him feel special."

The toddler began developing his skills when he was just two, first mastering boogie boarding and skateboarding.

His father, a lifeguard and firefighter, then made him pass his 25 yard swimming test before allowing him to hit the ocean.

Triston always wears a life jacket and Todd is always there to push him out and snatch him from the water when he 'wipes out'.

His dad said: "Safety is my number one concern. I'm captain at the fire department and as part of that I learned how to prevent accidents.

"That said, I see people die from sitting on the couch or just walking down the sidewalk. So, I want him to enjoy life and live it to its fullest."