John Clemenza All About Surfing

As many of you know by now, John Clemenza is an amateur surfer who wishes to go pro someday, though he’s hoping it happens sooner rather than later. He currently lives in Oahu, Hawaii, for which he is grateful because living on this island means personal passes—and immediate access to—some of the world’s best surfing beaches. When John Clemenza was about three or four years old, he felt a strong urge to hit the waves, probably because his entire family, from his parents to his siblings, surfs. But it wasn’t until he was about seven that he was finally allowed to get on a board and learn how to surf (he feels this is quite unfair because his siblings and friends started learning at a much younger age). But from that moment on, he knew that he wanted to be the best surfer he can be.

In the beginning, he only wanted to surf because everyone else was doing it. Hey, when you live in Hawaii, surfing is a must! But when John Clemenza started joining amateur competitions, he knew he wanted to be in the big leagues someday. And that’s what he’s working on now—to get into the professional surfing circuit.

With his part-time job and studies, one would think that he’d be challenged to find the time to practice his surfing skills; but this busy schedule is exactly what keeps him motivated. He feels that if he can easily put surfing on the back burner, then he probably doesn’t deserve to be in the professional league because he knows how much blood, sweat, and tears professional surfers put in their training.

Learning how to surf

When John Clemenza finally got his parents’ permission to learn how to surf, he was eager to hit the water! But he learned that this is a huge no-no for anyone who has never been on a surfboard because when you’re out in the water, it’s just you and your board against the waves. So, if you’re interested in learning how to surf, he advises that you first practice your balance on a board on the beach before you go out in the water. Before anything else, you will need to learn how to stand on your board from a prone position. It may look easy when you watch others do it, but when you do it for the first time in the water, you’ll probably fall off the board a couple of times before you learn how to stay on it to ride the waves.

With that said, John Clemenza dedicates this page to all things about surfing: from learning how to surf to practicing your beginner’s skills and advancing as you go along. He will also share with the reader his favorite surfing spots in Hawaii, as well as those that are excellent for a specific surfer level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

If you have questions about surfing, please feel free to contact John Clemenza at your convenience. You can rest assured he will get back to you promptly.

In the meantime, please take your time visiting the pages on this site.