About John Clemenza: Surfer, and Health and Fitness Enthusiast
John Clemenza is an 18-year-old amateur surfer and health advocate. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii (where he still resides), he grew up in typical Hawaiian island fashion: loving the waves and the ocean waters. And like most of his friends and family, he began surfing at a very young age—at seven years old. If you ask John Clemenza though, he would tell you that he started rather late already. A lot of his friends started learning how to surf when they were five or six years old. Seven was too old by his personal standards.
Like most typical families in Hawaii, he grew up in a family of surfers. Both his parents joined amateur competitions in their younger days, and his siblings have also earned their own awards from surfing competitions. But none of them ever went pro. They were satisfied with what they have achieved in the amateur surfing circuit, and now they mostly surf for leisure. It’s different for John Clemenza though. His goal is to be one of the best and most respected professional surfers in the world. He is working towards this goal by joining amateur competitions in Hawaii, hoping to get sponsored one day. In his book, you’re one step closer to becoming a professional surfer when you get signed by a sponsor. He’s got his eyes on Volcom, Quiksilver, Hurley, and O’Neill!
John Clemenza admits that he’s got some tough competition in the amateur surfing arena, some of whom are even his friends! For inspiration, he looks up to Granger Larsen and Kelly Slater. For him, Granger Larsen is the epitome of the ultimate surfer. Larsen was already joining amateur competitions when he was seven, and is now considered as one of the top surfers in the world, and he coaches and mentors young surfers as well! John Clemenza hopes to become like him someday; coaching young and aspiring surfers while making the rounds on the professional surfing circuit.
For his achievements, both in surfing and endeavors outside of it, John Clemenza looks up to Kelly Slater. Slater has won the World Surf League Championship title for an astounding 11 times! But what’s even more awe-inspiring is that there was a time when he won the title for five consecutive years; from 1994 to 1998. It’s not surprising, therefore that John idolizes him.
John works part-time at a smoothie station and surfs at least five times per week. Outside of Hawaii, he likes New York and hopes to spend a summer or two there in the near future. John is also a health and fitness advocate. He knows he’s got to stay fit and healthy to be able to consistently deliver his best during competitions. He loves all types of food, particularly their local cuisine, but he still sees to it that he eats healthy.
If you were to ask John’s friends about what they can say about him, their usual reply consists of only two words: happy and positive.
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