Name: Kalani Briley
Hometown: Sunset Beach, O’ahu, Hawai’I
Years surfing: 12
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Lost surfboards
Recently, Kalani Briley went on a trip to Puerto Escondido with Photographer Eric Blackhurst. Not sure who we should have write it, we simply called Kalani’s big brother, Shawn Briley, to find out a little more about the young charger. Here’s what went down:
TWS: In terms of a surfing career, do you push your brother to compete or anything like that?
Shawn Briley: No, he has the natural talent to where he could, but I don’t really think it’s the forum in which he’ll perform the best. He’s a really good freesurfer, he charges pretty hard, and he’s really quick. He could if he really wanted to, but I don’t think he’s gonna go that route. I think he’s gonna go the route I took, as far as charging or freesurfing.
Do you still surf together a lot?
Not lately. I haven’t surfed with him in a while. Actually, earlier this year we went to Tahiti for a month.
How was that?
It was good. It was a good experience for him. He was the only grom on the trip with Manoa Drollet, Noah Johnson, Slater, and me¿he got to go a trip most groms wouldn’t go on.
Do you offer him advice?
I do. He’s in the process of pursuing a career in surfing. A lot of times, kids have their parents drive them to contests or they make sure their kid’s doing good in home school¿there’s really a lot of support. That’s something I never had¿I had to learn on my own. Kalani’s never had that, but he’s had me to go, “Hey, this is what you do, this is how you do it,” and I pointed him in the right direction and I’m giving him the proper tools he needs. He has to go out and do it. It can be looked at as a pro or a con¿he strives for it a lot more, because it’s not just handed to him and it wasn’t really handed to me.
For me growing up, I had Marvin Foster behind me. If I had Marvin behind me, I had Quiksilver. Kinda like the situation with Kalani, he doesn’t really have anyone behind him, but he has me. It wasn’t handed to me, it was like, “This is what you do¿go do it.” I want him to learn for himself how to do it himself.
If there’s one thing you want to say to him, what is it?
I’d just tell him to really focus on his surfing. Stay out of trouble and make sure he does it with the right intentions.