GROM OF THE WEEK: Chrislyn Simpson-Kane
Name: Chrislyn Simpson-Kane
Age: 12 years old
Hometown: Kuau, Maui, Hawaii
School: Kalama Intermediate
Support: My parents, my Baba Uncle Rob & Ben, my brother Ty and sister Amy,, JudLau Surfboards & Coaching, Deep2Peak, Hi-Tech Surf Sports, Dooma Photos, Dakine Surf, Nano Maserro Graphics, Brown Eyed Bella, Xcel Wetsuits, Mermaids On Maui, Like Poke, NSSC Hawai’I, Huckleberrysurfco
Local Break: Ho'okipa
Magic Board: My 5'2" GPX Jud Lau Surfboard and 5'4" High Line
IG Account: @chrislynsimpsonkane
Quote: "Never limit your Dreams... Be - YOU - tiful
How do you stay so stoked? I stay stoked by doing what I love, surfing keeps me stoked. Fishing. Anything to do with the ocean makes me stoked.
Who is in your Tribe? My brotherTy @tysimpsonkane, my sister Amy @amysimpsonkane, my cousin Ben, Stella Valdez @stella_valdez808, Tor & Brun Perez @tornalu @yung._.b, Bode Goldberg @b.skt_ , Abby Balmus @abby_balmus_surf , Shaylee Thune @shaylee_thyne
Three words that describe you? Strong, Loving, Determined
What do you do when you are not surfing all day? When I’m not surfing all day I’m sleeping and eating. Seriously I could sleep all day if my parents let me.
What is a Grom? I think a grom is a young person that’s super psyched on something they love or an old person that gets all silly and psyched on something they love then they start acting like a grom.
What moves are you working on this week? Right now I’m working on power turns and getting barreled.
How has the community given you inspiration? Recently my family got to host a make-a-Wish kid make her dream of surfing in Maui come true. It was really awesome to take Katiana surfing and see how stoked she was to catch waves and be in the ocean.she literally surfed for hours and smiled the entire time.giving back to my community through beach clean ups or surf days feels so good and it inspires me to be the best me all of the time.
What is your favorite part about growing up on Maui? My favorite part of growing up on Maui has to be living in Kuau. Our house is right next to the ocean and I can go swimming, fishing and surfing anytime I want. My mom can watch me from the yard. Kuau is a big part of who we are. My Ohana is one of the original families here.
What do you love most about your family? The thing I love most about my Ohana is that we are so close and we support each other 100%. We take care of each other and we are always there for each other. My parents have sacrificed so much for us, there isn’t anything they wouldn’t do for us.
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? My favorite thing about the ocean is that it’s the one place I am free to be myself. Being in the ocean makes me happy.
Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Afternoon glass off. The line up has cleared, the waves are firing and perfect and then you get to surf while watching an epic sunset.
Dream Trip? My dream trip would be to go to Indo. Most of the waves there are perfect lefts. I would definitely be going there with my Ohana.
Post surf Grinds? Whatever food is around. Food is my best friend. My favorite post grinds would be a LikePoke Shoyu Poke bowl or chili and rice.
Inspirations in or out of the water? My inspirations are Carissa Moore, Paige Alms, Ian Walsh & my brother Ty Simpson-Kane.
Where do you want to be in 2024? I’d like to be qualifying for the tour and hopefully have a junior world title under my belt.
Wave Pools or the Ocean? I’ve never been to a wave pool yet. But I’d have to say hands down the ocean.
How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? I keep the vibe alive by keeping out all the negative and remembering to stay true to myself and just be me.
Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? If I had to pick one brother out of the 3 as my favorite I’d have to pick Pat. But I think they’re all super awesome and it seems like they are so supportive of each other and they rip. I hope to get to meet them and surf with them one day.
What is your first memory of the ocean? My first surf memory of the ocean is surfing with my dad on his longboard. He used to pick me up and I’d stand on his shoulders and wave to everyone in the beach and everyone would cheer and clap for us.