Grom of the Week: Noah Hohenester
Age: 13, Connections Academy
By Andrea Swayne
Noah Hohenester is the No. 1 ranked surfer in the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour Boys U14 Shortboard division and has surfed in a few Surfing America Prime events this season. Noah also competes in the Scholastic Surf Series as a member of the Bernice Ayer Middle School team where he is the No. 4 rated surfer in Boys Shortboard.
Noah is an eighth-grade independent study student homeschooling through Connections Academy. He is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student focused on preparing for college where he hopes to study marine biology or something else ocean related. Noah enjoys studying math–although he finds it difficult–art and loves that his physical education credit is earned through surfing.
“I’d love to make the World Tour but I realize that it will be very difficult,” he said. “I want it bad, but my whole life isn’t depending on it. There are a lot of other things in life, like school and other sports. I really just want to keep having fun surfing and see how far I can go.”
Surf travel is something he hopes to continue throughout his life, a dream reinforced by his trip to Nicaragua last year.
“There were really good waves and the nature and culture was fun to explore. I really want to go back.” Noah credits his parents with playing a huge part in his success. “My parents are super supportive and back me up in everything I do,” he said. “I really appreciate their help with surfing, school and making the right decisions.”