GROM OF THE WEEK: Ty Simpson-Kane
Name: Ty Simpson-Kane
Age: 14 years old
Hometown: Kuau, Maui
School: Kamehameha School, Maui
Support: I have a great support team. My parents, sisters Chrislyn & Amy, my Baba, my Uncle Jim, Aunty Lisa Wallace, Samantha Campbell, Uncle Ian Walsh, Melissa & Micah Nickens. My sponsors, DaKine, Olukai, Deep2Peak, HiTech, Dooma Photos, LikePoke, Mauli Ola Foundation, Vertra, Nano Massero Graphics, Manuela Shapes, Xcel Wetsuits, Huckleberry Fin Co., Charlie Smith Boards, Jud Lau Surfboards & Coaching, StickyBumps Surfwax
Local Break: Ho'okipa, Maui
Nickname: I don't have one
Magic Board: It depends on what type of wave I’m surfing : my 3 favorites are my 5’9” Charlie Smith, my 5’8” code green Jud Lau & my 9’0” Chris Christenson
IG Account: @tysimpsonkane
Quote: "Never Limit your Dreams."
What gets you stoked? I focus on the good and throw the negative to the side.
Who is in your Tribe? (@ian.walsh) Ian Walsh (@maile_iana) Aunty Lisa Wallace (@chrislynsimpsonkane) My sister (@amysimpsonkane) My sister (@connor.prados) Connor Prados (@jameskemper) James Kemper (@ramonerode) Ramon Rode (@808.chase) Chase Ayau (@Rylee_808) Rylee Andaya (@kamaka.hoopii) Kamaka Hoopii (@Kanai.fisher) Kanai Fisher (@alecxaloha )Alec Hooper
Three words that describe you? Driven, Focused, Hardworking!
What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I do homework, train at the gym with Samantha Campbell (@Deep2Peak) and fish or dive.
What is a Grom? I would describe a Grom as someone who is young, frothing, & full of stoke.
What moves are you working on this week? Right now I’m working on big power turns, just focusing on power surfing.
What is the best part about growing up in Maui? Everything. I am so blessed to grow up here in Kuau on the North Shore of Maui. I live right next to the ocean, it’s literally my backyard. It’s always been a huge part of my life. Everyone is so close with each other and we look out for each other. We’re blessed for sure.
How has the community given you inspiration? Our surf community here is so great. I have so many great people to look up to. Trucker Boy Dukes, Ian Walsh, Kai Lenny, Paige Alms, Mark Healey, Shane Dorian, Greg Long, Kelly Slater, they all inspire me to keep working hard, set goals, push my limits. They’re all so supportive and encouraging. They strive for greatness not just in the water, but out of the water and in their communities to make the world a better place.
What is your favorite thing about the ocean? My favorite thing about the ocean is that it gives me everything I need. It provides us with food, it gives us surf for stoke, it heals our bodies and fills our spirits.
How did if feel surfing during the Jaws Challenge? To be able to surf Pe’ahi during the contest felt amazing. The amount of energy being produced out there was something so surreal to me. I’m not going to lie, it’s scary out there. I was a bit anxious waiting for waves to come in and the wind factor and when your looking over the edge of that steep wave your like whoa. But then you get a wave and all of that turns into pure stoke, your adrenaline kicks in and it’s the best feeling in the whole world.
Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? Early morning. The winds are light and the crowds here are mellow so you can surf and focus on what your trying to practice at the moment
Dream Trip? My dream trip is Tahiti with my family. I want to surf and fish and relax and Tahiti is such a beautiful place, I can’t wait to go there one day.
Post surf Grinds? Bowls from LikePoke or the Ahi Katsu plate lunch from LikePoke is my go to post surf grinds.
Inspirations in or out of the water? Ian Walsh has been my surf inspiration for as long as I can remember. Paige Alms, she’s been a big inspiration to me too and my parents they inspire me a lot. Trucker Boy Duke for how strong he was, he was truly an inspiration and we miss him every day.
Where do you see yourself in 2020? I hope to check off surfing some other Big Wave locations and maybe be invited to some big wave events.
Wave Pools or the Ocean? The Ocean.
Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? All three of them because they are all incredible and love the ocean.
How do you keep the Vibe Alive? I keep the vibe alive by staying active in the ocean with all types of ocean activities. Short boarding, long boarding, diving, fishing, being sustainable and remembering that it’s our Kuleana to leave our ocean and aina better than our Kupuna left for us.
What is your first memory of the ocean? My dad taking me out on his longboard. He’d put me up on his shoulders and we’d do all kinds of fun surf tricks. I don’t think I knew how to swim, but the ocean has always been in my life.