GROM OF THE WEEK

Name: Josuel Valentin

Age: 16

Hometown: Guayama, Puerto Rico

School: Saint Patrick Bilingual School 

Support: Rip Curl, Sun Bum, Japi, SUPERbrand surfboards, Leus Towels, D'Bowl Acai shop

Local Break: Inches, Patillas 

Nickname: "Manny"

Magic Board: 5'6" SUPERbrand, Blackout model

IG Account: @mannyvalentin

Quote:“Keep the dream alive.” 

How do you stay so stoked? I stay stoked surfing good waves.

Who is in your Tribe? I have a lot of good friends but these are some of them @kristopher_surfer @kennethmendezz @omelvgarcia @sagekatz @lowersluke @owencarter511 to all the other ones sorry I love you all!!

What do you do when you are not surfing all day? When I am not surfing I study my school work, exercise and hang out with my friends.

What is a Grom? A Grom is anyone who is having fun doing what they love.

What moves are you working on this week? I am working on full rotation air reverses and alley oops.

What is the best part about growing up in Puerto Rico? The best part about growing up in Puerto Rico is that it's an island and it is very easy to drive and find waves.

How has the BWRAG given you confidence in your life everyday? BWRAG gave me a lot of knowledge I did not know and now when an emergency goes down I am confident I can help support. 

What do you love most about your family? That we cook food together and eat as a family every night. It is the best time of the day and the food is great. 

What is your favorite thing about the ocean? My favorite thing about the ocean is how unpredictable it can be, you just have to see it with your own eyes. 

Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Afternoon glass off, because it is hard for me to wake up early.

Dream Trip? Mentawai Islands. The waves are always good and I would go with all of my friends.

Post surf Grinds? D'Bowls Acai or a Nutella Frappe.

Inspirations in or out of the water? Ethan Ewing and Italo Ferreira.

Where do you want to be in 2024? Traveling the world surfing as my profession.

Wave Pools or the Ocean? Ocean all the way...

How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? Never give up on your goals!

Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? Tanner, because he is such a good surfer.

What is your first memory of the ocean? My first memory of the ocean is going to little islands with my grandfather and spending the whole day in the water.

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