HUMAN TOUCH: Fat Cats and Mick Fanning with Alex Smith

For those of you not in the know, Hawaii's Alex Smith has been turning a lot of heads as of late. Older brother to the ever-charismatic Koa Smith, Alex has been setting the Under-18 surf world ablaze, one spit-shined and highly polished cutback at a time. After making two finals at the NSSA Nationals (finishing second in the Explorer Juniors Division and third in the Open Mens Division), Alex would further his reputation by winning this year's Rip Curl GromSearch at Salt Creek. The kid's super mellow and, aside from a peculiar love affair with an obese cat, surprisingly normal and down to earth. For a look at surfing's Generation Next, take a gander at Alex Smith.

Words to live by: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Favorite phrase: You have to spend money to make money.

Inspiration: Mick Fanning because of the way he trains and focuses, plus he's a really cool guy.

If I could change one thing: I'd change my birthday seven days later to January 2 so I could have one extra year in surf contests.

Surf movie I'd like to be in: I'd like to be in Campaign 6 when it comes out.

I'm sorry: I comboed Dylan Goodale in the Rip curl GromSearch final...NOT!

World View: Round, blue, and green.

Favorite movie line ever: "They've done studies, you know. Sixty percent of the time it works...every time." --Anchorman

When I'm not surfing I am: Cruising with friends, on my computer, doing schoolwork, drawing, painting surfboards, playing Wii, golfing, and playing tennis all at the same time.

The most important thing in my life right now: My family and my cat Meishkie. My family and I are really close; they're always there for me. My cat Meishkie is really fat and she always makes me crack up.

In five years I will definitely be: I'll be 21 and on the tour with my future girlfriend, living the dream...that's my goal.