Meet Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz, the 24-year-old who seemingly came out of nowhere to win the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore, qualifying for the 2013 World Tour in the process. He also made another final at the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach, is seeded into the Billabong Pipe Masters, and is holding a firm lead on this year’s Triple Crown title.
Raised in the same Kauaiian training grounds as the Irons brothers, Dustin Barca, Roy Powers, and many other phenomenal surfers, Seabass quickly became a standout within his age group. Friend and elderly mentor Barca would get him his first big sponsorship with Oakley, which opened the doors to a great big world of waves beyond Kauai. But there was just one problem: being born into a hippie family on the remote North Shore of Kauai meant that young Sebastian had no birth certificate and thus no ID, which meant travel was something of a new concept to him. After some paperwork and greasing of the wheels, young Seabass embarked on the journey that has ultimately led him through a couple seasons on the World Qualifying Series, culminating in his breakout performance this year.
Oh, and Seabass has three thumbs. That’s right, three. With fingernails and all.
Up until the last couple weeks, Sebastian hadn’t won an event since his junior days. By winning the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro, and following that up with a third place at Sunset, both Prime-rated events, Sebastian won the WQS title for the season, beating out Glenn Hall by almost 3,000 points. None of that means anything substantial, as they both have easily qualified for next year’s tour, but it’s an accomplishment nonetheless.
Sebastian’s automatic berth into the final event of the World Tour, the Pipeline Masters, which is also the final event of the Triple Crown, marks the first time he will surf in the prestigious event. With two of the three Triple Crown events in the books, Seabass has only lost one heat so far.
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