Rio Waida: Mental + Wise

Versatility and style in the Mentawaiis with the rising Japanese-Indonesian surfer

Rio Waida is a Japanese-Indonesian surfer that resides in Bali. He’s cracked our Hot 100 list (Groms No. 12, 2015) for the past couple of years, and he’s definitely one to watch as he progresses through his teenage years. Here, he takes off from the Island of Gods, boards a boat in the Mentawais, and proceeds to combo wave after wave with a high level of versatility. It is in fact, both mental and wise.