Grom of the Week: Kevin Flaherty

Name: Kevin Flaherty

Age: 5 years old

Hometown: Monmouth Beach, NJ

School: Monmouth Beach School

Support: My mom, dad and sisters, Casey and Amanda 

Local Break: Little Monmouth Jetty

Magic Board: Kevie Kev

IG Account: @kevinshreds_

Quote: "Let's get barreled." 

How do you stay so stoked? I am always stoked when I get to spend time with my dad, my sisters and my friends in the ocean! We play around with different boards and tricks and it's an awesome way to spend time together! 

Who is in your Tribe? All of my jetty crew- we surf together almost everyday and encourage each other!  Casey - caseyflaherty_Amanda - amanda_shred Chloe - chloe_gartside Emily - emilywheeler_ Olivia - oliviaswheeler Chase - dorefish Kiera - kierad27 Chiara - chiara_dono84

Three words that describe you? Fearless, friendly and determined.

What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I skateboard, swim, fish, play tennis and play games with my sisters.

What is a Grom? A young shredder. 

What moves are you working on this week? Turns and a "flip in the air."

What do you love most about your family? My family is super fun and they all take care of me!

What is it like growing up surfing in New Jersey? Surfing in NJ is fun in the summer and very cold in the winter.

How did it feel to surf in the StokeoRama? I had a blast at StokeoRama last year! It was so much fun and everyone was super cool and nice!

What is your favorite part about the StokeoRama? I loved surfing with kids around my age and playing games. 

How does the ocean give you a positive mind set? It is great to grow up at the beach and I really appreciate the ocean and all it has to offer me!

What is style to you? Style is having cool hair, board shorts and rash guards!

What is your favorite thing about the ocean? My favorite thing about the ocean is that it is always fun to play in.

Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Afternoon glass off/early evening low tide  is a fun time at the jetty with my friends and family where we can really be silly while becoming better surfers.

Dream Trip? Where and why you want to go there? And with who? I want to go to Hawaii to explore and surf all different locations with my family

Post surf Grinds? Eating French fries with mayonnaise.

Inspirations in or out of the water? My dad, my Uncle Kevin and my sisters!

Where do you want to be in 2024? Ahaha I'll be 10 in 2024! Maybe I'll be homeschooled and travel the world and surf!

Wave Pools or the Ocean? Ocean, of course!

How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? I keep the vibe alive by being a happy and positive person and having new adventures everyday.

Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother?  I like Tanner because he nominated me to be grom of the week and he was super nice at StokeoRama!

What is your first memory of the ocean? My first memory of the ocean is my dad holding me on a surf board in the water.