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(Friday) 6.14.13

Introducing the Solspot Surf Crew

There is a natural genuineness and honesty in a grom. They are perennially stoked to catch waves and for the most part have an unfiltered view on life. Truth is, they embody all the raw emotion we love in surfing. We’ve scoured the beaches of Southern California looking for groms who exemplified all the things we love about surfing and of course rip. It is with great pleasure we introduce you to the first five members of the Solspot Surf Crew (by age…there is still a hierarchy in grom world).

 

  • Ryan Salazar – 14, Huntington Beach. He’s 14 and rides old school. He’ll do lay back carves at the end of rides reminiscent of a nostalgic surfing style. Right when you think you got his surfing figured out he chuck a huge air. He’s a powerhouse and his Dad is a legit surfer too. Don’t be surprised if you see the two going head to head out in the lineup.  Follow him on Instagram: @ryan_saladbar Friend him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.salazar.39
Ryan Salazar Hacking

Ryan Salazar Hacking


  • Dylan Hord – 12, Huntington Beach. When you form a crew everyone will tell you stories – “you gotta see my buddy he rips, you should sponsor him.” Getting recommended by a buddy is typically the kiss of death. Unless your Dylan, who absolutely freakin’ rips. Best part about his surf is that he likes to rise up to the level of comp in the water. So if a guy is ripping right next to him Dylan surfs even harder. – btw he likes to surf with pros in the water. Follow him on Instagram: @dylpickle129 Friend him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dylan.hord.9
Dylan Hord's Game Face

Dylan Hord's Game Face

 

  • Griffin Foy – 12, Fullerton.  Before we brought him to the crew we posted an image of Griffin on our Facebook page. He’s doing a floater on a wave that is 3 feet over his head. This grom is fearless and charges as hard as anyone of any age in the water. But surfing isn’t the only thing that makes this grom unique, what makes him really unique is his killer instinct. It’s like having a Mike Tyson on your surf crew. We all know Tyson’s famous quote “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” Say hello to the 75lb heavyweight. Want proof? He’s won the U12 and U14 WSA championship two years in a row. He has a total of 8 season championships now – dad, we’re going to need a bigger trophy case. Follow him on Instagram: @griffin_foy Friend him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/griffin.foy

 

 

Griffin In The Air

Griffin In The Air

 

  • Kade Matson – 10, San Clemente. Sort of crazy to see and hear the way surf veterans talk about Kade’s surfing. At 10 throwing tail slides and airs. He’s #1 in NSSA Open Mini Grom and flat out dominating – look at the hardware he brought home at NSSA’s last week. You don’t need a competition to tell you he’s a great surfer, all you need to do is sit back watch him surf a session, then step back, reframe your point of view with this fact – he’s 10. Checkmate. Follow him on Instagram: @kadematson Friend him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kade.matson

 

Kade Frontside Snap

Kade Frontside Snap

 

  • Noah Steinmetz – 8, Huntington Beach. He’s the super grom. The youngest member of the Solspot Crew so he ends up in the back seat of the surf wagon. Don’t be fooled though, he’s been surfing since we was 5. He learned in Hawaii with surf legend Buttons Kaluhiokalani which on its own is amazing. At the ripe age of 8 he’s in his second year of competition (apparently there is no division for 5 year olds). He competes in 9, 10 and 12 and under division. In his second year competitive surfing he’s already surfed NSSA West Coast Regional Championship and is nationally ranked. Noah has the exuberance and stoked we all search for on tap. His favorite part of surfing is trying new spots. That’ll serve him well given he’s probably got 50 great years of surfing ahead of him. Follow him on Instagram: @noahsteinmetz Friend him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noah.steinmetz.1

 

Noah Racing Down The Face

Noah Racing Down The Face

 

Be on the lookout for more from the Solspot Crew. These kids have a bright future in the sport…very bright. And huge props to Kurt Steinmetz for all the sick images.

 

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