March’s Grom of the Month is Zolten Alexander Poulsen! Zolten was chosen for this month’s honor because in addition to being a top-ranked grom, he consistently shows up to beach cleanups from Lahaina to Honolua. “Z” loves being in the water, and shows it by picking up random rubbish whenever he’s on the shoreline. He recently ranked first place in the Boys (Under 12) Division of the 2019-2020 Hawaiʻi Surfing Association Season, but he’s stayed humble and always a good sport. Z has a bright future as a waterman, and as an all-around positive, stoked grom.
Name: Zolten Alexander Poulsen
Passion (besides surfing): Art, golf, and tennis
Why do you love surfing?: I feel free on the wave. I love being in the water.
Community Service: Student council and Surfrider Foundation
School: Hawaiʻi Technology Academy Maui
Board: 4’10” Mayhem
Sponsors: Mom and Dad
Fave Wave: Big Harbor
When did you start surfing?: Tandem with my dad at 18 months, on my own at 5 years old.
Fave Food: Sushi
To be considered for Grom of the month you must be a Maui youth age 17 years or younger and have a variety of strengths from surfing to school to giving back to your community. This project is a collaboration with DoomaPhotos and Jen Russo. Monkeypod Kitchen will be donating a $50 gift certificate to our Grom of the Month, and dinner for four for the annual Grom of the Year. We will also be highlighting opportunities to volunteer in the community, so the groms know what’s up!
Surfrider Foundation Kahekili Beach Cleanup
March 21, 9am-noon
Surfrider and Leilani’s on the Beach teamed up to sponsor this cleanup at Kahekili Beach. Meet at the Surfrider tent on Kahekili Beach just past Kekaʻa Park. This is the beach just north of airport beach between the 2 Westin’s, meet in that gravel lot . The first 50 volunteers to sign in will get a free Surfrider tee and lunch. Gloves, bags, and other cleanup supplies are provided. You bring your own hat, reef-safe sunscreen, reusable water bottle, and aloha. For more information go to https://maui.surfrider.org/.