G+J Am Jam with Cole Houshmand

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Thirteen-year-old Cole Houshmand has been on quite a tear the last couple of years, winning the Volcom VQS Champs, Surfing America Champs and an NSSA National title. What we've always loved about Cole's surfing is his ability to use his bigger stature at an early age to his advantage. This kid's got man-power behind his turns and a super-polished air game to boot!

Interview and photo by Kurt Steinmetz

Ghetto Juice: What's been the best part about growing up in San Clemente?
Cole Houshmand: One of the best parts of growing up in San Clemente is all the great surf spots nearby. We also have so many great surfers to look up to, like Brother, the Gudauskas brothers, Archy, and Chris Ward. I think it's an awesome little surf town.

G+J: So how did you get into surfing and at what age?
C+H: I was about four and a half the first time I surfed. My dad and his friend pushed me into waves at Doho.

G+J: Did you start doing contests right away?
C+H: I started doing push in contests around seven. It was pretty funny now that I think about it because no one in my family surfed before so we didn’t know what we were doing. My dad would just push me into as many waves as possible.

G+J: Your dad played soccer in Europe and your sister is doing a lot of tennis. Would you say you have a pretty competitive family?
C+H: We are all pretty competitive in everything we do. But at the end of the day my parents always remind me to do what I love, and that’s why I surf.

G+J: Any travel plans this year?
C+H: I just got back from Tahiti. I am really looking forward to spending several weeks in Hawaii this winter and scoring some good barrels.

G+J: You've had a great couple of years on the AM contest circuit. What were some of your most memorable wins?
C+H: By far the best win I've had yet was winning the US Championships at my home break at Lowers. Also being two-time regional champion in the NSSA. I’m super honored to have been picked for the US Surf team.

G+J: So one day when you're in a major event on the Pro Tour and the commentators are talking about you, what would you hope they say regarding your style and attitude?
C+H: I hope they say that I really have a positive attitude and am a good role model.

G+J: What WCT surfer do you look up to and why?
C+H: I look up to Jordy Smith because of his power … and he does some crazy airs.

G+J: What are your plans for the future?
C+H: I really want to do well on the WQS and hopefully qualify for the world tour, then from there, win a world title.

G+J: What advice do you have for some of the mini groms coming up and wanting to have a go at it?
C+H: As long as you work hard and keep pushing yourself it will pay off in the long run. Make sure you love what you do.

G+J: Any last words?
C+H: I would like to thank my parents for everything they have done. I wouldn't have been at this point in my life without them.


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Thirteen-year-old Cole Houshmand has been on quite a tear the last couple of years, winning the Volcom VQS Champs, Surfing America Champs and an NSSA National title. What we've always loved about Cole's surfing is his ability to use his bigger stature at an early age to his advantage. This kid's got man-power behind his turns and a super-polished air game to boot!

Interview and photo by Kurt Steinmetz

Ghetto Juice: What's been the best part about growing up in San Clemente?
Cole Houshmand: One of the best parts of growing up in San Clemente is all the great surf spots nearby. We also have so many great surfers to look up to, like Brother, the Gudauskas brothers, Archy, and Chris Ward. I think it's an awesome little surf town.

G+J: So how did you get into surfing and at what age?
C+H: I was about four and a half the first time I surfed. My dad and his friend pushed me into waves at Doho.

G+J: Did you start doing contests right away?
C+H: I started doing push in contests around seven. It was pretty funny now that I think about it because no one in my family surfed before so we didn’t know what we were doing. My dad would just push me into as many waves as possible.

G+J: Your dad played soccer in Europe and your sister is doing a lot of tennis. Would you say you have a pretty competitive family?
C+H: We are all pretty competitive in everything we do. But at the end of the day my parents always remind me to do what I love, and that’s why I surf.

G+J: Any travel plans this year?
C+H: I just got back from Tahiti. I am really looking forward to spending several weeks in Hawaii this winter and scoring some good barrels.

G+J: You've had a great couple of years on the AM contest circuit. What were some of your most memorable wins?
C+H: By far the best win I've had yet was winning the US Championships at my home break at Lowers. Also being two-time regional champion in the NSSA. I’m super honored to have been picked for the US Surf team.

G+J: So one day when you're in a major event on the Pro Tour and the commentators are talking about you, what would you hope they say regarding your style and attitude?
C+H: I hope they say that I really have a positive attitude and am a good role model.

G+J: What WCT surfer do you look up to and why?
C+H: I look up to Jordy Smith because of his power … and he does some crazy airs.

G+J: What are your plans for the future?
C+H: I really want to do well on the WQS and hopefully qualify for the world tour, then from there, win a world title.

G+J: What advice do you have for some of the mini groms coming up and wanting to have a go at it?
C+H: As long as you work hard and keep pushing yourself it will pay off in the long run. Make sure you love what you do.

G+J: Any last words?
C+H: I would like to thank my parents for everything they have done. I wouldn't have been at this point in my life without them.

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