The Grom Gallery
La Jolla Shores
My favorite break is La Jolla Shores. My mom and dad take me and my friends surfing there every weekend. I have competed in a few surf contests too. The 2011 & 2012 Windansea Menehune Surf Contest (http://www.windansea.org/menehunecontestinfo.php), the 2011 Ocean Beach Gromfest, and the South Mission Jetty Kids Surf Kontest in 2010 & 2011.
I also surfed in San Bartolo, just south of Lima, Peru. My favorite spot is also surfing at the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona, down at the Kahalu'u reef break.
Noa Hopper Ranked #1 overall in Kids 14Under Division
Watch out World! Here comes a natural lil' waterman to the SUP Race Mecca. First across the line in the epic big wave, two lap, Battle of the Paddle Kids Race . . . Noa Hopper powered out through the crashing waves, popped the nose up on his Ron House race board to zip around the buoy turns, surfed the set in ahead of the pack, and sprinted through the chicane to his dad, his board handler. Repeat it again for another lap, and Noa's overall waterman skills pay off. He's got endurance, agility and a deep understanding of the motion of the ocean - bolting to finish first in under 8 minutes! What an epic day.
Stand Up Paddling
My dad and I really have fun racing our SUP boards in the SCORA winter race series. I just got a 9'6" cool lime green 404 race board. But in this picture, I am demo'ing a YOLO board.
San Diego Canoe & Kayak Team
I have been practicing with SDCKT since I was 8 years old. We practice every Monday & Wednesday from 4-6pm and on Saturday mornings from 7-9am. Afterwards, I love to go surfing for extra water time! Coach Barlow is really motivating. I paddle a K-1 Epic, which is really tippy but what all the Olympians paddle in. Sometimes I paddle in the K-4 with the other guys on the team. I won the Lightning Cup race series for 4 years in a row! I race in all the SCORA ( Southern Calif. Outrigger Racing Assoc.) winter-series races on either a SUP board, surfski or OC-2 with my dad. Our SDCKT team hosts the Tecolote 5000, the SilverBlade Regatta and the 3-Nations Regatta. Those events have paddleboarding plus kayak and SUP to add up overall points. I just won the actual SilverBlade in May 2012! I had more points than anyone else racing, even the adult guys! Here's the team website www.sdckt.net Check it out!
The San Diego Shores
I started playing waterpolo when I was ten years old on the Shores Waterpolo team. They are the best! www.sandiegoshores.net We went to the Junior Olympics on my 12 and under team. Now I am practicing on the 14under boys team. We just won the Gold medal for the 2012 County Cup Tournament. It was awesome! (I even got ejected from the championship game! ...which if you know waterpolo then it's kind of cool!)