In a major scoop for the Surf-Report team, we have managed to grab some time with one of the leading names in the sport of Bodyboarding – Jacob Romero. For those of you not familiar with Jacob, he is one of the nicest guys in the sport; he has the biggest smile, the longest beard and is famed with boosting one of the biggest airs the sport has ever seen. Currently back at home on the Island of Maui, we managed to catch up with Jacob and put a few questions to him.
Hey Jacob, we know you are getting some great waves in Maui right now so we appreciate you taking time out to speak with us and answering a few questions for the Surf-Report followers.
Aloha everyone! Thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak with you guys and share my aloha with all of you! I’m stoked!
When we watch you ride, you always show such athleticism, energy and flexibility, How do you stay in such great shape and what do you in the way of training to maintain your level of fitness? Is it just riding everyday or do you have a fitness regime you follow strictly?
I do a lot of running and core exercises whenever I don’t manage to go for a surf, but if I do have a long surf session I’ll just cruise. I try to do some kind of fitness everyday and eat healthy. I really don’t know how I’m flexible though. Ha Ha! I really don’t stretch at all only after I workout or go for a run.
Now riding for No.6, tell us about the template of your JROM signature board, it seems to be a great board for both prone and drop knee?
Yeah man I’m really stoked on No.6. Basically it’s the same shape I’ve been riding for 5 years. No.6 and TURBO (when they were still around) came from the same factory so it was easy to keep the same shape I’ve been riding with TURBO. I just added mesh to my No.6 boards and they are working insane and are very durable. I love my boards!
We’ve been following your blog “Life is Good”, and a few things are very apparent to us. Firstly, you are always smiling, without doubt the happiest Pro-Bodyboarder around and have a very positive attitude to life. Secondly, your enormous love for your family and thirdly, your love of food! Is this a fair assessment?
Wow, that’s spot on. All of those things you’ve mentioned is exactly who I am. I don’t like fake people, I like being real and I carry my heart on my sleeve. Everything I post on my blog is who I am. Life is such a beautiful thing. Cherish every moment you have in your life because you never know when that moment will happen again. Waking up each morning is a blessing. Be happy, love your family and friends, eat good food, and get outdoors and explore this amazing world! Life is good Thank you for following my blog.
Watching your riding, you always seem to be able to squeeze that extra bit of air out of bowl, or that extra second of hang time during a flip or air spin, What tips can you give to aspiring Bodyboarders who are looking to get free of the lip?
One tip would be to buy my No.6 JROM signature model. Ha Ha! Get lots of speed, draw a nice line to the lip, and hit the lip cleanly. It all starts off with your speed though. Just gain lots of speed and blast! That’s what I do. Clean lines to the section then everything should fall into place.
And finally Jacob, we cannot let you go without asking about
THE invert in Arica, Chile last year, not only did it earn you the Riptide “Biggest Move Of 2013” award, it is still one of the most impressive things we have ever seen on a Bodyboard. As you dropped in, were you planning to bust that invert all along, did you suffer in the landing of it and if you got the opportunity to do it again would you take it?
The night before my good friend and fellow Hawaiian braddah, Jeff Hubbard texted me saying “just blast the biggest air reverse for the Hawaiians, We Believe!” Being that I was the last Hawaiian in the event they were all pumped for me. That morning Winny (Dave Winchester) and I had the first heat of the day. It was about 6.30am or 7am and kinda dark and scary looking. In my mind I just wanted to blast big airs and beat Winny. That invert was the first wave of our heat and when I saw it coming I knew it was producing the biggest launch pad. I took off and I saw the section coming. I knew I would fly, but didn’t know I would go that high. I didn’t even pay attention to how big the wave was or the section or anything, I just wanted to hit it. I hit it and it felt like time stopped and everything was quiet. As I was coming down all I saw was flats and I knew I would’ve gotten hurt so I bailed at the last second. I ended up going over the falls, both fins coming straight off, and hitting my ass on the reef. I didn’t suffer any injuries, but 3 days after there was a big bruise on my ass. Ha Ha! I didn’t know how big the wave was or how big that air was until I went in and everyone was cheering and showing me footage. It was mental. I would love to do that again and I know I will. I want to go higher and hit bigger sections. That’s my goal for this year is to go absolutely crazy and blast the craziest airs on the craziest sections.
WOW! Jacob, we want to say a huge Mahalo to you, thanks for talking to us at Surf-Report and we want to wish you every success for 2014 – Aloha!
Mahalo to all of you for the support! I appreciate it! ALOHA always everyone!
Well, there you have it, some very wise words and a nice insight into that moment in Arica. Somehow we have a feeling that we will be seeing Jacob pushing the limits and landing some of the biggest airs of the year, to follow Jacob in his quest for the craziest airs head over to his blog “Life is Good” and see for yourself what this fantastic ambassador to our sport gets up to. It has been a pleasure chatting to J-Rom and before we go Jacob would like to give a big shout out his Sponsors: No.6 Bodyboards, The Foam Company, NVCTA Clothing, Da Secret Sauce, Reeflex Wetsuits USA, and SURGE Wax.
To see the footage of Jacob’s massive Invert take a look at our previous article here.