Kieran Grant Interview: Powerhouse Surfer & Standup Paddler

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Kieran Grant is a powerhouse of a surfer.  He spent the last week doing huge hacks on beach and reef breaks with a nice SW swell in the water. He rides for East Coast Paddle for SUP surf boards, and Hovie for race boards, 27 North Paddles, Clever Surfboards, Paddleboard House, Sun Bum sunscreen, Maui Jim sunglasses and FloMotion.

Having just spent a week with Kieran, let me try to explain what type of guy he is…  Kieran always has a smile on his face.  He is the first guy out of the car pulling boards off the top of the roof.  Last night at dinner we were crushing all the fish and he made sure to save some for my wife and daughter.  He can surf for 3 hours, spearfish for 3 hours then clean all the fish when everyone else can’t move.

Now let’s talk about what kind of a surfer he is…  He is riding a 7.4 x 24 that can’t be more than 73 liters (he weighs 170lbs) and can paddle it no problem.  He sinks it to his thigh.  I would compare his frontside hacks to Sunny Garcia or Pancho Sullivan.  He’ll chuck it vertical in any backside section and throw airs over reef…

Listen to Kieran talk paddle enhanced surfing from the paddlewoo headquarters in Costa Rica!

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Erik Antonson is the host of the PaddleWoo podcast, and an owner of BlueZoneSUP paddle surf camps. He is passionate about paddle enhanced surfing and practices daily in Costa Rica. “Paddle Enhanced Surfing is the future of surf, folks just don’t know it yet…”