GROM OF THE WEEK: Mick Whelan
Name: Mick Whelan
Age: 8 years old
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
School: Kaiser Elementary
Support: Dad, Mom, Jojo, Frankie and AOJ
Local Break: 54th Street, Newport Beach
Nickname: Mickey, MickGregor,
Magic Board: DHD 3DV model
IG Account: @mickey_whelan
Quote: "I don't feel pain when I am on the mat.”
How do you stay so stoked? Surf, skate and do Jiu Jitsu daily.
Who is in your Tribe? Jojo (@jojo_whelan), Frankie, Zoey (@zoey kaina), Dylan (@dylanshemke), Tyoh (@tranboyz_bjj), Nat, Mia and Ashlee (@funegra_girls), Keeva (@kcolebjj), Jonah (@brandypartyof5), Madalena (@lil_floresistabjj), Gui and Rafa Mendes (@mendesbros), Zach (@zachkaina), Gustavo (@gustavofonseca_jj) , Tainan (@tainandalpra), Mateus (@mateusrodriguesjj) , Nick (@nickbohli), Ale (@aleborgonovojj), Johnatha (@johnatha) Liam (@liammossjj) Alexis (@alexisfonsecabjj), Bryce Krause (@brycekrause) Cruz (@cruzfreyre), @endlesssunsurfschool
Three words that describe you? Focused, Fierce and Obsessive.
What do you do when you are not surfing all day? Jiu Jitsu, skate, watch surfing, mma and look for bugs.
What is a Grom? Charging life as an up and comer.
What moves are you working on this week? For Jiu Jitsu, I am working on back chokes and bow and arrow. For surfing, I am working on speed carves.
How does practicing Jiu-Jitsu given you focus and inspiration? Teaches me to work hard, set and achieve goals in something I love and it gets even more fun the more I do it and work hard at it. It is never enough.
How has the Stokeorama events given you strength and inspiration? My first surf comp and shows me it’s fun and I can do it like my brother.
What do you love most about your family? We go on fun surf trips and travel and go do the stuff we love all the time.
How has growing up in Costa Mesa/Newport given you a Positive mindset in life? Being close to the water and close to AOJ.
What has been your favorite part about giving back to your community? Picking up trash at the beach to show others that littering sucks and is sad. Being nice to others in life. Working hard at what you love is so much fun. Showing how fun it is to stay active and find what you love and do it everyday.
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? Waves and animals.
Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Early morning offshore because I like barrels.
Dream Trip? Indonesia. Good waves. Warm water. With my family.
Post surf Grinds? Al Cappuccino in Newport Beach - Peanut Power and Avocado Bagel
Inspirations in or out of the water? Jojo Whelan, John John Florence, Gui Mendes and Rafa Mendes, Professors and coaches at AOJ.
Where do you want to be in 2024? Traveling around the world doing jiu jitsu comps and surfing.
Wave Pools or the Ocean? Ocean!
How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? Doing what I love everyday.
Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? The 3 from San Clemente. They rule!
What is your first memory of the ocean? When I was 3 we were in Nicaragua and I swam to a boat with my dad and brother and we jumped off the boat into the water.