Where did you grow up and how did you get into surfing?
I grew up on the North Shore of Oahu, both my parents are surfers and everyone here surfs so I was very influenced.
What’s your favorite board?
My favorite board is my 5’8” epoxy from Mission Surfboards. I like it because it works really well in very small waves, which is a hard board to find.
Do you ever get nervous while you’re doing a competition?
Yeah, I think that I get nervous but it’s actually anxiousness and those are two different things. When I have these feelings I try to just focus on my breathing and redirect this feeling into my surfing.
When we saw you surfing at Turtle Bay you had a very cool style … where did you learn that?
Thank you! I would say I learned that from my dad, he has a really cool style.
Do you have any names for any tricks that you do? When we hop on the wave to try to keep up with them, I call that the Huntington Hops. :)
Hawaii is so powerful it can be hard to try tricks so I usually stick to improving my turns. But when the wind is right and the waves aren’t too powerful I sometimes try airs and reverses, but those are still works in progress!
What are your favorite three Grom foods to eat after surfing?
I love having a Clif Bar after surfing or before! They are great energy. But if I’m in Haleiwa I always go to Waialua Bakery & Juice Bar and get myself a smoothie and a sandwich, and sometimes a cookie!
Who’s your surfing hero?
Living on the North Shore you are surrounded by so many good surfers. I grew up next door to Coco and Mason Ho and was always inspired by them, also John John Florence lives down the street. I have always loved Stephanie Gilmore’s surfing. And last but not least my dad who still charges huge waves.
What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever surfed in your life?
The biggest wave I ever caught was at Sunset on a big day. I was told that the wave was 10-foot “Hawaiian” which means it had a 20-foot face.
If you could design your own board and put any pic on it, what would it be, and what colors would you choose?
One time I saw a board that had really realistic-looking butterflies on it and I thought that was pretty cool. I would probably make the board have light pink rails and then black and white butterflies lined up across the deck.
If you could surf with any one person in the world who would it be?
Tough question! There are so many people I would like to surf with, probably Kelly at his wave pool … haha!