• Get to Know a Grom: Kepa Mendia

Kepa Mendia, son of Billabong team rider Pete Mendia, has been making a name for himself on the East Coast of the US by taking home hardware from NSSA and ESA events all over Florida. Kepa's not just a small wave specialist though since he charged Sunset on a good day during his first trip to the North Shore this past season. Take a minute to get to know an up and coming grom in our latest interview -

What’s one thing you can’t stand?

Grown up WAVE HOGS

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Cheetahs, because they’re FAST

Name one female surfer you have a crush on?

Coco Ho

What’s the best thing about being a grom?

You get to do whatever

Tell us your worst grom beating?

When Meatball dead legged me

What scares you the most?

Robbers

Would you rather go over the falls on a 30-foot wave or be leg kicked by Luke Rockhold?

Go over the falls

What’s your best and worst quality?

Best: Being nice and caring about how people feel

Worst: NOT LISTENING

What’s the most important thing in life?

Having fun and being happy

What’s the last song you listen to before paddling out for a surf?

Hole - Violet

If you didn’t surf, what other sport would you play?

Just fishing

Who’s your favorite pro surfer?

John John Florence