AN INTERVIEW WITH TANNER BROMBERG
On a picture perfect Waikiki morning, before the sun was too high in the sky and the waves were still silky and smooth, our Grom-in-Chief was lucky enough to sit down with Billabong House Manager and Billabong Bloodline confidant Micah Moniz to get the lowdown on life on the North Shore and what it is like dealing with some of the best Groms on the planet!
TANNER BROMBERG: What is the Billabong Bloodline Camp?
MICAH MONIZ: The Billabong Bloodline Camp is where all the Groms that are sponsored by Billabong get a chance to come to the Billabong House and perform with kids their age.
TB: What do you do there?
MM: I make sure that the House is running smoothly and that everyone is happy and having fun and have their tummies full! (Laughs.)
TB: What is it like living in the Billabong House?
MM: Oh, it’s great! You get to wake up every morning to a nice view and you always meet different people from around the world...it’s really nice.
TB: Who cleans up after the Groms?
MM: Everyone kinda cleans up after themselves. If the Groms leave a mess we tell them to go back and clean it.
TB: Do you need to be a certain age to do the camp?
MM: Not necessarily, we take 17 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under separately so they have 10 days with each age group. That’s 10 days to get coached and trained by someone like Taj (Burrows) or Rainos (Hayes).
TB: Are there any naughty Groms?
MM: Not Really. When they come they all get a brief talking to by Rainos to respect the lineup and also just to clean up around the house and clean up after themselves. The number one rule of the house is to brush your teeth and fix your bed every morning.
TB: Who cooks?
MM: Sometimes me and most times the parents ‘cause they usually bring a mom or dad with them.
TB: How many hours a day do they surf?
MM: Oh, let’s see, if the waves are good they will be in the water … they will have three 2-hour sessions, so about 6 hours. But if it’s bad they have to drive around the island. They always have at least two long sessions. If there are really good waves, then three and even four sessions!
TB: When you are not at the Billabong House, what do you do?
MM: When I am not at the Billabong House I am probably down here in Waikiki giving surf lessons for my mom (Tammy Moniz) and dad (Tony Moniz) or trying to surf somewhere with my friends or with my family.
TB: Cool… and aren’t you also starting your own business?
MM: Oh yeah, I am starting my own business now. It’s called Hawaii Surf Club. So I am trying to do that. I am being taught by my mom and dad about how to run and manage my own business.
TB: What will Hawaii Surf Club be?
MM: Hawaii Surf Club is going to be surf lessons and surf tours, half-day or all-day tours, and private lessons. (instagram: @hawaiisurfclub)
TB: Who is your favorite surfer?
MM: My favorite surfer is … Axel Irons! (Micah turns and looks at Axel who wandered up to watch the interview. Lots of laughs by Tanner and Micah, Axel blushes …)
TB: What are your favorite surf spots?
MM: My favorite surf spots would be Rocky Point, Ala Moana Bowls, and Pipeline.
TB: Ok, thank you!
MM: Thank you, that was a nice interview!!!