Grom of the Week: Zoey Michiko Kaleiokalanikai Kaina

Name: Zoey Michiko Kaleiokalanikai Kaina

Age: 8 years old

Hometown: Born and raised in Hawaii, Living in Costa Mesa CA

School:Inspire Charter Schools

Support: My family, Citizen Water Co. and Buell Surf

Local Break: Huntington Beach Pier

Nickname: Mimi

IG Account: @zoeykaina

Quote: "Believe and Achieve... Mendes Bros" 

How do you stay so stoked? By surfing everyday!  Even if it’s a quick session, I have to get in the water. 

Who is in your Tribe? My dad @_kkaina, my big brother  @zachkaina, my little bro Zakai and my super mom! And all my surfing and jiujitsu friends!!! 

Three words that describe you? Goofy, but smart.... and nice 

What do you do when you are not surfing all day? I train jiujitsu, I skate, I hang out with with my friends and family and I love to eat.

What is a Grom? A cool kid having fun every day. 

What moves are you working on this week? My bottom turns and my triangle choke. 

What do you love most about your family? We love each other so much and we are always looking for an adventure. 

What is it like growing up surfing in Hawaii? It is super awesome because the water is warm and you can surf all day and eat a lot of good food after surfing. They have the best poke there and they have poi and the best cheeseburgers! 

How did it feel to surf Lowers all summer? It’s been really cool because I get to be in the water with a lot of high level surfers and the waves are always good for me to practice my turns. 

How does the ocean give you a positive mind set?  I was pretty much born in the water so it reminds me of home. The ocean is my comfort zone, it makes me soooo happy to be there. My Hawaiian name also means precious child of the sea, I am just meant to be in the ocean! 

What is style to you? Style is how you do something....effortless flow.

What is your favorite thing about the ocean? The ocean is a nice place to be, it makes me feel free. I love that it makes waves and I love all the animals that live in it. 

Early morning offshore or Afternoon glass off? For sure afternoon glass off because I don’t like to wake up early and I love to watch the sunset.

Dream Trip? Probably Indonesia with my family to surf warm water and the land of lefts. I love surfing lefts, yes I’m literally a goofy girl! 

Post surf Grinds? Poke bowls.

Inspirations in or out of the water? In the water for all the surfers I look up to and out of the water my big brother Zach who is one of my biggest inspirations!

Where do you want to be in 2024? I want to be doing high level surfing and traveling around the world. I would love to be a pro surfer and surf all the big events.

Wave Pools or the Ocean? The Ocean!

How do you Keep the Vibe Alive? You got to wake up with good attitude and keep a good attitude so you have a good day. 

Who is your favorite Gudauskas brother? Dane because he has a pretty cool style 

What is your first memory of the ocean? Surfing with my dad.

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