gotwBy Jake Howard

If you haven’t heard of nine-year-old Makai Bray yet, no stress, he’s still young. But to be sure, he’s a grom on the rise.

With the surf pumping and not a breath of wind at Church last weekend, the NSSA Southwest Conference lucked into some of the best conditions of the year for their contest. Taking full advantage, Bray scored a huge victory in the Mini Grom division for the biggest win of his brief surfing career.

Because winning surf contests is a community effort here in San Clemente, cheering him on and chairing him up the beach when he won was fellow groms and rising stars Crosby Colapinto (last week’s Grom of the Week), Kade Matson (who just won the Rip Curl Grom Search National Title), Brayden Burch and Taj Lindblad.

“My passion is surfing,” reads Bray’s Instagram.

Considering that him and his twin brother, Maddox, have been competing since they were five years young, that seems pretty true to form. The two have been dabbling on the WSA circuit for a few years now and are regulars at the annual Stoke-O-Rama kids contest. The future is bright for the Bray boys.

If you know a grom in Dana Point, San Clemente or San Juan Capistrano that we should feature in our Grom of the Week section, send a name and parent’s contact info to

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