GROM OF THE WEEK: Benjamin Grey Lange
Name: Benji Lange
Age: 11 years old
Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
School:RB Hunt Elementary
Support: Hurley, Channel Islands, The Surf Station, Spy, Chance'em
Local Break: Vilano and St. Augustine Pier
Nickname: B-Dog of B
Magic Board: A 4'10" Channel Islands Sampler. Spray painted teal and black for the Jags @cisurfboards
IG Account: @benji_lange_
What gets you stoked? I get stoked surfing, hanging with my family, and when JJF or the Jags win!!
Who is in your Tribe? My tribe is my dad @setinstone12, my big sister Eden @edenlange02, my twin sister Grayson @gigi_lange, Asher Nolan @slashmash, Jed Currington @shredediah, Carl Burger @carl_the_surfer_12 , Noah Brownell @noahbrownell, my trainer Chris Ropero @chrisropero and the all boys from Vilano @thor904, @tronberry, @zeusainbolt, @bonjodicy, @joshcabana @cstahr
What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I love all sports, but during football season I love watching the Jacksonville Jaguars. I also like to skate, play basketball, or watch surf videos.
What is a Grom? A grom is someone who is always smiling, having fun and being stoked on everything.
What moves are you working on this week? Air reverse and big layback hack like JJF.
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? My favorite thing about the ocean is that it makes waves which makes me happy.
Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Afternoons because I like to surf until dark.
Dream Trip? My dream trip is a boat trip to Indo because of the big barrels and you are all by yourself with your friends on perfect waves.
Post surf Grinds? BBQ, Tacos, hummus or anything my mom makes up during the day. She is the best cook.
Inspirations in or out of the water? In the water, JJF, Clay Marzo, Kolohe Andino and Griffin and people who go for it. Out of the water, my dad because he works really hard at his business and Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars because he has a lot of swagger.
Where do you want to be in 2020? In 2020, I will be 13, doing contests, traveling and maybe doing rodeo flips.
Wave Pools or the Ocean? I definitely say the ocean, you can’t beat Mother nature when she is good! Wave pools are fun but nothing compares to the real thing.
How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? I keep the vibe alive by being nice to everyone, helping other people, being a good friend and being thankful for everything I have.
What is your first memory of the ocean? My first memory of the ocean was when I was 3 or 4 and really scared of the waves. My dad helped me to not be scared anymore and he started pushing me into little white waters and I stood up and had so much fun. After that I was hooked and surfing is the thing I know I will do forever.