Surfing has always played host to a cast of colorful characters, and today, Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz is adding to that legacy. In a matter of months, Zietz went from just a dancing, three-thumbed surfer from Kauai to one of the biggest household names in the sport. He announced himself to the surfing world in grand fashion in 2012, winning the Triple Crown of Surfing and being carried up the beach by friends and family aboard a big-wave gun. It’s a celebration still talked about to this day – and it was 100 percent in the character of the man the world calls Seabass.
Growing up on Kauai and looking to the likes of Danny Fuller, Dustin Barca, Rico Jimenez, the Irons brothers and his own brothers for inspiration, Zietz developed the full arsenal of wave-riding maneuvers. He’s as comfortable launching a massive air at Pine Trees as he is pulling in under the lip of a Backdoor bomb. After finally obtaining a passport (long story), Zietz was ready to travel the world and compete amongst the best surfers in the world. After several years battling on the World Qualifying Series, it was his phenomenal showing in Hawaii in 2012 that elevated him onto the Dream Tour. Now he’s taking his dancing, shredding show on a world tour, hoping to pick up some contest wins and maybe a world title along the way. Either way, he’ll be smiling. #3ThumbsUp