GROM OF THE WEEK: Ella McCaffray

Name: Ella McCaffray

Age: 15 years old

Hometown: Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California 

School: San Diego Neighborhood Charter School

Support: Body Glove, Surf Ride, Rusty Surfboards, OAM, Surface Sunscreen

Local Break: Seaside Reef

Nickname: El

Magic Board: Rusty Surfboards Model 8 shaped by @clintprisendorfer

IG Account: @ellemccaffray

Quote: "Be brave enough to Win and strong enough to be ok if you Lose." -Jenny Simpson


What gets you stoked? Sunny days, warm water, surfing and ice cream. 

Who is in your Tribe? My brother (@cole_mccaffray) Kirra Pinkerton (@kirrapink) Kili Garrett (@kiligarrett) Sam Sibley (@samantha.sibley) Olivia Lusby (@olivialusby_ )

What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I really like art and love to play with my dog Koda. I also enjoy archery, skateboarding and fortnite. 

What is a Grom? A grom is a state of mind that comes from being young and always stoked about surfing and life.  

What moves are you working on this week? I am working on my tail slides.  

What is your favorite thing about the ocean? Waves and Dolphins, especially waves with dolphins.  

Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Afternoon glass off because all of my friends are surfing and it is usually fun. I love to finish the day with the the sun setting too, it is the best. 

Dream Trip? I would go to the Mentawai's because the waves are amazing. I would take Kirra Pinkerton and Olivia Lusby.

Post surf Grinds? Acai bowls, smoothies and breakfast burritos. 

Inspirations in or out of the water? Caroline Marks is really inspiring to me. She is young, rips, dedicated and has fun. I also think Micheal Phelps is the best to ever swim.  

Where do you want to be in 2020? In 2020 I want to be doing QS events and be a contender for CT qualification.   

Wave Pools or the Ocean? As cool as the new pools are, there is nothing like the endless and ever changing ocean. 

What is your first memory of the ocean? My first memory of the ocean was standing up in the white wash for the first time while wearing 2 pairs of goggles. I was 4 years old and have loved every day since.