Eli Hanneman Will Steal Your Dignity

When you’re twelve, the world is very large and your boards are very small and the future is something that only old people talk to you about – all that matters is today, and whether or not you’re going surfing. Eli Hanneman is a twelve year old out of Lahaina, Maui that so perfectly embodies this youthful mentality and, to be quite honest it’s scary. It frightens me to think about what this kid will have done by the time he’s fifteen – how much pride he’ll have demolished, massive spins he’ll have stomped and more inevitably, how many girls’ hearts he’ll have stolen. So until that day comes, I’ll clutch my last few shards of pride tight, and my girl even tighter, while keeping close watch on what’s to come from young Hanneman.