GROM OF THE WEEK: ANNIE GRACE LOPEZ

GROM OF THE WEEK

Name: Annie Grace Lopez

Age: 11 years old

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

School: Dwyer Middle School

Local Break: Southside HB Pier

Nickname: Annie Girl or Nunu

Magic Board: AYO Futureflex 5'0'' x 18'' x 2''

IG Account: @surfergirlannie

Quote: "Life is better when the waves are good."

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/X-KsJZzL0lg

What gets you Stoked? When I catch a good ride and knowing that there's more out the back just waiting for me to surf. 

Who is in your Tribe? (Juju) Julianna Romaniuk (@jujusurfs18), Petey Romaniuk (@peteysurf8), Kingston Rubin (@kingstonmakairubin), Luke Guinaldo (@lukey47), Kolby Aipa (@kolby_aipa808), Max Lambert (@max_lambert), Chiasa Maruyama (@chiasa.0226), Kayla Little (@pnutlittle), Kristina Hehl (@kristina.hehl), Kalohhelani Danbara (@kalohedanbara) & Kenny Lopez.

What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I love Jr. Lifeguards, working out, girl scouts, skateboarding, bike rides to check the surf and watching surf contests.

What is a Grom? A younger person under 16 years old who surfs, skates and rips.

What moves are you working on this week? An incredible snap with big spray. 

What is your favorite thing about the ocean? The waves! They calm me and make me feel good. 

Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Early morning offshore because the waves are usually the best in the morning. 

Dream Trip? I want to travel all over..... Costa Rica, Fiji, Hawaii and so many other places that have great waves. I would take my mom and close surf crew, Juju, Petey and King!

Post surf Grinds? Green smoothies and chicken sandwiches! I also love Acai bowls. 

Inspirations in or out of the water? Brett Simpson inspires me because he is so humble. When he surfs our local break he is so friendly, he takes the time to push all of us Groms into waves. Bethany Hamilton inspires me too because she has a disability and that doesn't stop her from being awesome and living her dreams. She rips and is my favorite. 

Where do you want to be in 2020? I want to be surfing in the Olympics in 2020 then go to my mansion in Fiji to swim in my pool filled with jello.

Wave Pools or the Ocean? Definitely the Ocean.

What is your first memory of the ocean? I can remember the very first time I surfed. I was about 4 years old and it was so much fun. We went surfing with the Surfers Healing organization.