Brian Zodrow Surfing Journey
When and why did you initially get into surfing?
I credit my grandfather for getting me into surfing. As a youth he would take me to Makapu’u where he first taught me to get a feel for the ocean and learn how to bodysurf. As I progressed with that I then got on a board and the rest became history.
Did you have a time period you laid off from surfing?
After college, I played volleyball professionally overseas for a number of years and was also a member of the USA Men’s National Team. During that time volleyball was my life and I was out of the country often so my time for surfing became scarce.
What is your favorite thing about surfing?
My favorite thing about surfing is the challenges it brings and the connection it forges within. No two waves are the same and the conditions are always changing. You must have the ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome all types of different situations and scenarios. I’m also drawn to the connection you develop with nature while in the water. It’s a unique bond that may surfers can relate to that has had an impact on the way I approach and live my life.
Where is your favorite place to eat after surfing?
Kizuna Sushi Restaurant in Kaneohe.
What is your favorite item on the menu?
The Kizuna Boat. It’s a giant platter of nigiri sushi, sashimi, and an assortment of sushi rolls all which are the chef’s choice.
What other hobbies do you have besides surfing?
I’ve always been an active individual. When I’m not surfing I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend going on hikes and dabbling in a yoga class or two. My girlfriend Audrey also has a son Ezra who is a big part of my life. He is an avid swimmer and waterpolo player. Watching him progress and helping him along the way has been an absolute joy for me.
Tell us about the board you recently purchased from us. What model and size is it, and how do you like its performance?
The Sub-Driver is more of a high performance short board and works great in small to moderate surf when the conditions are better. It works well down the line with lots of drive and is a pretty lively board. The RNF is kind of an all around board for me and I can use it when both the surf is great or when it’s sloppy. It's great to have in your quiver when the surf is not at its best helping you salvage some waves that may have gone to waste.
Do you have any additional comments?
I just want to thank the whole crew over at Hawaiian South Shore and especially Brett. He is not only a great employee but also a solid friend as well. Anytime I have any questions or need some help or advice in regards to surfing he is the man I go to. Im also glad I’ve found my one stop shop for all my surfing needs and it feels even better giving my business to an establishment that is as genuine and authentic as the group over a Hawaiian South Shore!