Grom of the Week: Ēweleiʻula Wong
Name: Ēweleiʻula Wong
Hometown: Wahiawā, Hawaiʻi
School: Ke Kula ʻO Samuel M. Kamakau
Support: Rip Curl, T & C, Danoʻs Ding Repair
Local Break: Kewalo
Magic Board: 5ʻ 4” @gpangsurf Flux model
IG Account: @eweleiula
Quote: "Hō aʻe ka ʻike heʻenalu i ka hōkua o ka ʻale/ Show what you got!"
How do you stay so stoked? I focus on the future and reaching my goals. I love to surf!
Who is in your Tribe? My tribe is definitely my sisters, ʻOaka (@oaka_wong) and Noelo (@wongstahs_) but I also love surfing with Bettylou (@bettylou.sakura.johnson), Hoku (@hohohokulani) and Gabbi (@gabbi_knudson).
Three words that describe you? Driven, passionate, inquisitive
What do you do when you are not surfing all day? Reading books, watching Voltron and Anime shows, and working in our yard.
What is a Grom? A kid who is stoked to surf.
What moves are you working on this week? Hair flick claim-hahaha
What is the best part about growing up in Hawaii? Knowing that my kūpuna (ancestors) invented the sport I do everyday, going to a school where I get to learn in my native language, perpetuating my cultural traditions and getting to surf the best waves in the world!
How has the community given you inspiration? I am inspired by my kūpuna who faced many different kinds of hardships but persevered. In turn Iʻm inspired to give back to the younger generations of Native Hawaiians and especially Native Hawaiian surfers.
What do you love most about your family? I love that my family is very supportive of one another and that we do everything together. I love and appreciate how much my parents are willing to sacrifice for me and my sisters.
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? I always feel rejuvenated when I am in the ocean. I also love thinking about how the ocean connects all of us around the world together. It really makes you realize how important it is to mālama (take care of) the kai (ocean).
Early morning offshore or afternoon glass off? Afternoon glass off. If it is afternoon and glassy the waves are usually good and you end the day on a positive note. I like leaving the beach knowing I had a great day and surf session.
Dream Trip? I donʻt have one dream location. A few places I would love to surf are: Snapper, Bali, and the Mentawais. But really, I just like traveling to the North Shore of Oʻahu.
Post surf Grinds? Crackers and cheese.
Inspirations in or out of the water? Tiare Lawrence aka (@tiare4maui). She is an all around water woman, a community activist, and cares deeply about the ʻāina (land). She inspires me to think deeply about the Native Hawaiian community and the ways I want to contribute to it in my adult life.
Where do you want to be in 2024? Working hard to get on tour.
Wave Pools or the Ocean? The ocean hands down. I was lucky to get a chance to surf at Kelly Slaterʻs wave pool and it was so fun but the ocean will always be the best. The ocean is constantly changing and you can learn so much from it.
How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? I stay focused and Iʻm always thinking about the future. Also, as a Native Hawaiian Iʻm not just surfing for myself, I keep my lāhui (community) in mind.
Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? I canʻt choose just one, I like them as a collective. I love that they all shred, they are progressive and they charge big waves and they seem to really support one another. They set an example for me and my sisters.
What is your first memory of the ocean? My first ocean memory is at my momʻs family beach house in Kona on the Big Island. Best place on earth!