Threat: Sebastian Williams

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All photos: Greg Ewing

Full name: Sebastian Williams Hernandez
Age: 16
Hometown: Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Sponsors: Quiksilver, FireWire Surfboards, Vestal Watches, Futures Fins, IslandStyle
Homebreak: Secret Spot
Favorite Surfer: Jordy Smith

Motto: “Do something you love so much you’ll do it for free, then get someone to pay you to do it”
What inspires you the most? That feeling at the end of a wave that makes you want to do it again
What is your greatest fear? Drowning
Best surf video segment of all time? Jordy Smith in Working Class
What’s something you do every single day, without exception? Look at my phone
Who is your hero? My dad
Your proudest moment in life? Winning the Quiksilver King of the Groms in 2015
Favorite world champion? John John, after he wins it this year
Where will surfing be in five years? In the Olympics
Most underrated surfer? One of my best friends, Koby Oberholzer. The son of Frankie Oberholzer
Hidden talent? I’m really good at volleyball
Favorite non-surf film? Inglourious Basterds, by Quentin Tarantino
Favorite artist? Banksy
Worst enemy? Mosquitos
Worst tattoo you’ve ever seen? A guy with a tramp stamp of Cupid
Any apologies? To people that deal with me in the mornings
Best thing a girl has ever said to you? Come watch Netflix and chill with me
Best text message ever received? “You just have Zika, you’re not gonna die”
Dream sponsor? McLaren
Most scared you’ve ever been in the ocean? When I was 8 years old my leash got hooked on a rock and I couldn’t reach it underwater. Luckily it snapped
Is it OK to tow? Only if the waves are too big to paddle
How many world titles will Gabriel win? Not 11
What is the meaning of life? It’s simple. Be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in and try to live in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations
Best non-surfing experience? Seeing my mom after 18 months of nonstop travel
Snapchat or Instagram? Instagram
Do followers matter? Everyone knows it’s all about the “likes”
Does the best surfing happen in contests or in freesurfs? Freesurfs for sure
What’s the last song you listened to? (Be honest.) Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment, “No Better Blues”
What’s your favorite emoticon? The smirk face
Secret to catching a lot of waves? Use a longboard
Who’s the most beautiful female surfer? Tati Weston-webb
Best city in the world? Probably Las Vegas
Kanye West — yes or no? Yes, Mr. Kanye for president

All photos by Greg Ewing.

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