We are really stoked to give you the chance to get to know ambassador and store manager Jake Hennessy! If you looked up the word stoke in the dictionary (it is a real word, right?) you would likely find Jakes smiling face pictured. One of the best surfers we know who can rip anything he stands on. Above and beyond his surf skills and he is a positive force both in and out of the water. Jake has been a Degree 33 ambassador for years and now he is also the Store Manager! Here's a quick interview so you can get to know him a little better.
Name: Jake Hennessy
Years Surfing: 17 years
Homebreak: Seaside Reef
Other Sports/Hobbies? I love playing guitar and banjo. I also love snowboarding
Favorite Music/song? Anything country!
What’s your favorite thing about surfing? Surfing is my eyes is the most beautiful sport there is. You are immersed by nature and every day is different. I also love the community that it has given me. Surfing has been an amazing gift in my life for many many years, thank you God!
What are your go to boards (size and type)? I love riding all types of boards. But when the waves are good I usually resort to a 5’7 high performance shortboard, currently the Degree 33 Rocket Fish.
Best wave you can remember? I recently went on a trip to Hawaii and got a great wave at Sunset beach. This was likely the biggest and best wave I have ever gotten. I remember going faster than I have ever gone on a surfboard and it gave such a rush. I remember thanking God in the channel.
What’s one thing you can’t leave the house without? My Bible.
Favorite Breakfast? I love chocolate chip pancakes with a side of eggs & bacon. I could have this everyday… although I’d probably need a bigger board then.
What do you like most about being a Degree 33 ambassador?
Degree 33 really is a family over a business. I get to be around some of my best friends sharing a passion that we all love. I also love what Degree 33 stands for. It's not about the pursuit of 'cool' but the pursuit of care. I’ve seen this in examples such as serving in partnership with Boys to Men and Soul Survivor Outdoor, and the overall positive attitude that the ambassadors have. Without any bias, I’ve never met people so nice and welcoming in the surf industry, it’s the truth.
I also love the range of boards that Degree 33 has. I’ve been branching out recently by trying to ride more longboards, fishes, and mid lengths and because of this I’d be able to test out all types of Degree 33 boards. Every board I’ve had the privilege of riding has been amazing. Furthermore, I teach surf lessons and would be able to advance the brand to many newcomers to the sport.
I see Degree 33 as a family. I am very connected to a majority of your team riders through Christian Surfers ministry and I am truly honored to be a part of it.