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Homebreak: Scripps Beach, San Diego, CA
Years Surfing: 22
Stance: Regularly goofy; but always regular.
Favorite Degree33 Board: 5'8 Old School Quad Fish (The Codfather).
Why do you surf?: To escape the mundane life of normality. I think a surfboard is a paintbrush, and a wave as a never ending canvas, so it's art to me, and I love to create and am a perfectionist. So I'll never be good enough, will always be learning, and will always have brand new experiences every time. So my answer is perhaps why I LOVE to surf.
What or who is your biggest inspiration (In life or surfing)?: My biggest inspiration in surfing is to keep on surfing. To build a lifestyle that revolves around surfing. In a silly way, I believe you live life as a surfer once you've fallen in love with it. It doesn't leave you.
What surfers did you look up to the most growing up?: Matt Archbold, Martin Potter, Slater, Taylor Knox, and I always loved the madness from Orange County, the Lost team.
What is one thing you never leave home without?: House keys! And one of my ukes, just in case...
Tell us about your best session: There is no best session. Only the last most memorable moment from my last session. I've had the best sessions of my life in 2 foot storm surf at scripps, as well as glassy morning barrels in Bali - they all hold equal weight - I got to make that memory, so now it's a part of me.
What is your favorite maneuver?: That's a tough one; ok - if it's barreling, than its' getting barreled. If it's not, then a 360, any of them. Reverse, floater reverse, front side 3
Describe your style in 3 words: Unpredictable. Fun. Destruction
Who has a better mustache, Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck?: Tom Selleck, come on! Where do you think I got the inspiration?
What is your go-to daily board?: Latest has been the quad fin Bean, light - strong - floats crazy good - and gets you all those summer mush mini waves you can get!
Where is your dream surf trip destination?: Corey's Left - Africa.
Any advice to new surfers starting out?: Take up a new sport, golfing, table tennis, ambidextrous chopstick eating. Just kidding! Take your time, learn your beach, meet the locals, become aware of your new environment, and BE SAFE! Learn to fall, know where your board is at all times, keep an eye out for others, be aware of your skill level when choosing your spot to surf, and last but not least - time earns respect.
Homebreak: La Jolla Shores
Years Surfing: 10+
Favorite Degree33 Board: The Ladle
Why do you surf?: It's a great way to get outside and release energy. Keeps me fit, and it's just so much fun.
What surfers did you look up to the most growing up?: Rob, Malloy brothers, Tudor. Anyone with effortless style.
What is your biggest inspiration in life or surfing?: Self expression
What is one thing you never leave home without?: Sunglasses, and a good hat
What is your favorite maneuver?: Getting tubular
Anything you are trying to perfect at the moment?: I think I'm just trying to get smooth. I like seeing other surfers make things look easy
What is your favorite food?: Mexican is a standard, but when I'm feeling saucy I opt for sushi
Where is your dream surf trip destination?: I gotta get down to Scorpion Bay soon
Best surf etiquette advice?: A humble talented surfer is always refreshing to me. The guy who doesn't scramble for everything, and seems to be having the most fun
Favorite surf break you have ever surfed?: I jumped around on the North Shore last year which was very humbling. I gotta hand it to Hawaii, they know what they're doing out there
Homebreak: La Pared, Luquillo, now Honoliʻi, Hawaii
Years Surfing: 21
Favorite Degree33 Board: According to what I have read so far about D33, the T9 5ʻ8 x 191/2 x 21/2 (5fin squash tail) seems to be a favorite amongst the team.....so I cant wait to try it!
Why/How did you get involved with D33?: A facebook promotion that said, win a free surfboard, just enter your email! I did not win that board :( but something even better happened, I am now part of the D33 family!!!! Thank you D33.
Why do you surf?: I surf to cleanse and to be deeply humbled by the ebb and flow :) The cultural significance of surfing and being able to live the lifestyle with my native Hawaiian family has kept me grounded and respectful. I surf to be reminded of the cultural history, I surf to impact the cultural future and I surf today to get out of my wife's LONG HAIR!
What surfers did you look up to the most growing up?: Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia, Mick fanning and Joel Parkinson, and I still do. Heroes.
Favorite song to listen to before paddling out?: Wifey is laughing at me!!! At this point in my life I listen to motivational audios! It keeps me grounded, and I know she loves it!!!! lol
What is your favorite food?: Surfers wrap (wrap of your choice with peanut/almond butter spread, banana slices topped with granola and honey)
Any maneuvers you are trying to perfect?: A full rotation air reverse no hander
Best session?: Back in my home town of Luquillo, Puerto Rico. La Pared, the wall, 6 years ago, off shore winds and glassy 8-10 ft. Surrounded with good friends Brian Ramos, Tommy Arroyo, Gordo, Joey Fred and Marimba!!!
Describe your style in 3 words: Smooth, Light, Powerful
Any advice to new surfers starting out?: Take your time, have plenty of fun, learn about the ocean and surround yourself with good people that will motivate you to keep learning....
Dream surf destination?: Have to say, Tahiti and Fiji... That would be the Dream!!!
Homebreak: Terramar, Carlsbad, CA
Years Surfing: 22
Favorite Degree33 Board: The Optimist (Custom Shape). 5’10” x 18 3/4" x 2 3/16" with a round tail
Why/How did you get involved with D33?: I saw that they sponsored the 100 wave challenge in 2013 and did a little research online. I was impressed with the company personality and forward-thinking concepts. Met with the team behind the scenes and instantly knew this was a company I wanted to be associated with.
What or who is your biggest inspiration (In life or surfing)?: Biggest inspirations in life are my parents. They define unconditional love.
Why do you surf?: I surf because I love it. Surfing is a part of who I am, and if you were to take that away from me, you’d take a part of who I am away. There’s nothing that makes me feel the same way as surfing.
Which do you prefer, dawn patrol or sunset session?: Dawn for sure
What surfers did you look up to the most growing up?: Kelly Slater obviously (and still look up to). Shane Dorian and Taylor Knox as well.
What is your favorite surf film/clip?: Probably the old school “Slater Black and White”
What is your favorite maneuver?: Hmm…maybe three? 1) backside barrel, 2) front side tail slide on big wave, 3) front side air reverse
Any advice to new surfers starting out?: Surf all the time in every condition. And don’t worry about the surf cameras or reports. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a great session when the reports said it was terrible. Just get out there and enjoy. And if you’re trying to work on more advanced moves, spend some time skateboarding.
Where is your dream surf trip destination?: Indo without a crowd. I loved Fiji and Maldives and would like to make it back to those locations as well.
Homebreak: Cardiff Reef, CA
Years Surfing: 8
Favorite Degree33 Board: 8'10" custom Ladle
Why do you surf?: To have a good time and to forget about stuff (mostly school)
What is one thing you never leave home without?: My clothes...
Dawn Patrol or Sunset Sessions?: Sunset because I don't like it when the sun blinds me when I am riding waves.
Tell us about your favorite session: Sunset out at Cardiff because the waves were like 6 ft or so and it was insanely glassy. There weren't too many guys out and I was catching a bunch of nectar rights and lefts. It was some fun surfboarding.
Any maneuvers you are trying to perfect at the moment?: Karate Kicks
Describe your surfing Style in 3 words: Committed, Tubular, Different
Best Surf Etiquette Advice for guys in the lineup: Don't judge other surfers because everyone has a different skill level and style.
Advice for new Surfers starting out: Learn surfing etiquette before heading outside and have fun.
Do you pee in your wetsuit?: Always
Favorite surf break you have ever surfed?: Churches
Homebreak: Ala Moana Bowls, South Shore Oahu
Years Surfing: 5
Favorite Degree33 Board: My custom 5’9 that Bill shaped
Why do you surf?: I surf because it is everything to me. It’s my workout, my passion, my therapy, and my favorite thing to do with friends. It just feels really good.
Why/How did you get involved with D33?: I got in touch with Holly while still living in Honolulu and then got to come by the shop on a trip to California and the personality fit with the brand was a really good one so it just took off from there.
What is your biggest inspiration in life or surfing?: I’m inspired by Ronda Rousey, she’s really paving the way for female athletes and I love it. She doesn’t compromise her dream for anything.
What is one thing you never leave home without?: Trick question. I’m famous for always forgetting something- my keys, shoes, wallet or phone. I never leave home without a good sense of humor.
Favorite song to listen to before paddling out?: Always rock classics for pre surf, I get super amped on the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, AC/DC… it’s all my dad had me listening to growing up
Which do you prefer, dawn patrol or sunset session?: Dawn patrol. There’s something incredible about the sunrise, and there’s no time limit on your surf
What is your favorite food?: Mexican food
Where is your dream surf trip destination?: Indonesia
Best surf etiquette advice?: Always smile in the water. It spreads good vibes!
Favorite surf break you have ever surfed?: I haven’t surfed it yet. My favorite break and best wave is still out there.
Homebreak: C Street
Years Surfing: 11
Favorite Degree33 Board: 9’11” Log
Why do you surf?: It's fun, there isn't really another feeling like it
Why/How did you get involved with D33?: Everyone there is really cool, they seem like they really take care of their customers and team. I started emailing with Holly and got to meet everyone and try out one of their new boards!
What is your biggest inspiration in life or surfing?: Family and friends
What is one thing you never leave home without?: Wallet
What is your favorite surf film/clip?: Sprout
Favorite song to listen to before paddling out?: Whatever's on the radio
Which do you prefer, dawn patrol or sunset session?: Sunset
What is your favorite food?: Pizza
Where is your dream surf trip destination?: Scorpion Bay
Best surf etiquette advice?: Just have fun
Favorite surf break you have ever surfed?: Rincon