• A Chat with Rainos Hayes as the Groms Come Together

The culmination of amatuer surf season is upon us in the United States. Nearly every competitive grom from every corner of the nation has descended on Southern California for either the USA Champs and/or the NSSA Nationals. Our US team is stronger than ever and with the help of coaches like Rainos Hayes and Micah Byrne these young surfers have their eyes fixed on national titles.

Here’s a quick word with Coach Rainos at our team house in San Clemente on what these events and his coaching are all about.

“I’m here in San Clemente as the national coach for Billabong USA and I get an opportunity to work with the kids from the East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii.”

“This is the US Championships and it’s at California’s most premier wave, Lower Trestles. It’s a good chance for everybody in the industry to come down and watch these kids on a really high performance wave. It’s also a great time for the kids to come together as a team and really be a cohesive unit in the same place.”

“It’s pretty funny because I get to be the uncle of the kids and that means I get to give them back at the end of the day which works out really well. That being said, Billabong does a good job of choosing not only excellent surfers, but also athletes and excellent kids. These kids all have tons of personality and nothing but heart. This Bloodlines program is real and it has been a strength of the brand for a long time. Myself, Micah Byrne and Chris Heffner come together to create this family atmosphere. It makes a difference because the kids feel the support and over achieve. They not only excel in the surf, but in life overall”

“The thing I love most about my job is playing with the kids. It keeps me young. I’ve been fortunate enough to do it for a long time. I can relate to them, and they can relate to me, it’s really something special.”