Name: Cruz Dinofa

Age: 9 years old

Hometown: Ocean City, New Jersey

School: Ocean City Primary School

Support: My Family, Billabong, GoPro, Roberts Surfboards, Creatures of Leisure, SunBum, 7th Street Surf Shop, Speaqua, Cor Surf, JoyJoy Watches, Playa Bowls

Local Break: 7th st. Ocean City, New Jersey

Nickname: Cruzy

Magic Board: 4'3" Custom shape from Roberts Surfboards (highlighter yellow) @roberts_surfboards

IG Account: @cruzdinofa

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What gets you stoked? Surfing with positive people is the coolest. 

Who is in your Tribe? My sisters: (@lilydinofa), (@meadowdinofa), My Family, The entire 7th street surf shop. 

What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I like to hang with my sisters and the 7th st. Grom squad in the arcade on the boardwalk. 

What is a Grom? A kid like me. 

What moves are you working on this week? I have been working on my air reverse. I landed 3 already, but definitely want to get better at them. 

What is the best part about growing up in New Jersey? It's so fun that you get to surf in all types of temperatures and conditions. 

How has the Stokeorama made you fired up to surf? The Stoke-O-Rama was so exciting and I always wanted to surf in one. I am so pumped that Dane and Tanner came out to New Jersey to share the Stoke with the Grom. They are such legends. 

What was your favorite part about the final at the Stokeorama? Walking out of my final feeling good about the waves I caught. 

What is your favorite thing about the ocean?  The ocean feels like home. 

Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off?  Early morning offshore. I love knowing the waves might be clean in the am and waking up early to be the first one in the surf. 

Dream Trip? My dream trip would be to go to Hawaii to surf with my buddy Jackson Dorian.  

Post surf Grinds? Playa Bowls (Dragon Berry Acai' Bowl with Pitaya, Granola, Strawberries, Blueberries and Nutella) 

Inspirations in or out of the water? Meeting pro surfers who I admire and finding out they are super nice and chill. Shakas to the Gudauskas brothers, the Moniz brothers, Shane & Jackson Dorian, the Colapinto brothers, Rob Kelly and Ben Gravy for the support and keeping me inspired.

Where do you see yourself in 2020? In 2020 I will turn 11 yrs old and hopefully travel on more epic surf adventures around the world.

Wave Pools or the Ocean? That’s a tough one. I love them both. I think the wave pools are more like skateparks, I can practice tricks over and over again. The ocean is so rad in every way.

How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? Smiles and shakas all day.

What is your first memory of the ocean? My first memory is of my Dad pushing me into waves at 3 yrs old. I needed to wear a life jacket because I couldn’t swim yet.