GROM OF THE WEEK
Name: Ben Brantell
Age: 13 Years old
Hometown: San Clemente, CA
School: Shorecliffs Middle School
Support: Dad, Mom, Family, Dark Seas, Spy Optics, Creatures of Leisure, Volte Wetsuits, Sun Diego Board Shop, Chris Borst Designs
Local Break: T-Street, SC Pier and Lowers
Nickname: Benny Boi
Magic Board: TK 2, 5’ 7’’x17.375x2.1875 and Donald Brink 5’ 1’’ Assym Fish
IG Account: @benbrantell
Quote: "You can never turn your back on the ocean." - Rip Torn
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/0pRha7qgWN8
How do you stay so stoked? I surf, hang with friends, and listen to music.
Who is in your Tribe? @danemaston @tyronefomenko @rorycatsimanes @mylesbiggs
Three words that describe you? Funny, Weirdo, and Stoked.
What do you do when you are not surfing all day?Work out, eat healthy food, hangout with friends.
What is a Grom? A person that is stoked all the time.
What moves are you working on this week?I am working on tail blows and air reverses.
What do you love most about your family? I love that my family is super supportive of my surfing and my brother and sister.
What was it like growing up surfing in San Clemente? It is awesome, because u have great surf breaks and surfers all around to push u like Griffin, Kolohe, Jeremy, the G brothers, Dino, Andy, and being able to be a part of the San Clemente Board Riders.
What skills has the B.W.R.A.G. course provided you to be more prepared? How to help if someones if their life is on the line rather than not do anything about it. Ocean is not just about surfing and bad things could happen anytime to anyone.
How has taking the B.W.R.A.G. given you more confidence? It has given me more confidence in my surfing, because I feel calm and feel like I could help someone in need.
What was the best thing you remember about competing in the Stokeorama?
The best thing I remember is the free shoes and the stoke in the contest.
How does the ocean give you a positive mind set? The ocean cools me off and clears my head.
What is style to you? Style to me is old school surfing and big deep bottom turns is the most important thing in surfing, like Tom Curren..
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? The waves, and all living things in it.
Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Depends if I want to get barreled early morning offshore or if i want to get lowers firing clean big walls then afternoon glass off.
Dream Trip? Indo so I could surf Bali and the Mentawais. I would want to go there with Tyrone, and Dane.
Post surf Grinds? Acai bowls with fruit.
Inspirations in or out of the water? Kolohe, The G bros, and all the SC crew. The old time surfers like Andy and Archy.
Where do you want to be in 2024? I want to be graduating High School and traveling the world.
Wave Pools or the Ocean? The Ocean.
How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? Surf and have fun everyday.
Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? The Fourth one. J/K All Three are my favorites.
What is your first memory of the ocean?
The cold water and the rocks at Doheny.