Life in Santa Cruz is a pleasant one – just ask Mr. Nic Hdez. Here, we are gifted with a glimpse into the young eighteen-year-old’s world with his newest edit entitled “Cold Fact”. And, well, the cold fact is that the boy rips. Highlights include a pair of meaty forehand gouges slowed down for your viewing pleasure at 1:06 and 1:50. See below for Nic’s recent interview for SURFING Magazine’s California Issue and get further acquainted with the California hopeful.
Full Name: Nicholas Anthony Hdez
Hometown: Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz, California.
Sponsors: Quiksilver, Oakley, Channel Islands, Sexwax, and Prolite
Homebreak: First Peak
Favorite Surfer: "It's a three way tie between Taylor Knox, Dane Reynolds and Tom Curren"
Motto: "You can do anything that you set your mind to"
What is your greatest fear? Having someone's leash wrap around my neck while duck diving
What song do you want to hear before you paddle out? Snap Out Of It by the Arctic Monkeys
Best surf video segment of all time? The Eddie section in The Bruce Movie
Favorite board dimensions? 5'11" x 18 3/4" x 2 3/8"
Your proudest moment in life? Winning the US Championships last summer
Last time you cried? I cry at the end of every single romantic comedy
Favorite activity outside of surfing? Basketball
Favorite world champion? Tom Curren
Most underrated surfer? Noah Wegrich
Buddha or Jesus? Both
Hidden talent? My culinary skills
Favorite artist? That's a tough one, but I've been listening to Milky Chance a lot lately
What's the worst wave you’ve ever surfed? Virginia Beach
Dream sponsor? Penny Ice Creamery
Most scared you've ever been in the ocean? Surfing Pipe this past winter, I was shitting myself
Is it OK to tow? Yes
How many world titles will Kelly win? 11
Dane or Kelly? Dane
Favorite Actor? Danny McBride
Best book you've ever read? Outliers
What annoys you about surfing? Air reverses
Dumbest purchase? Bottled water
Would you rather eat a donut or a kale smoothie for breakfast? Kale smoothie
Does the best surfing happen in contests or in freesurfs? Freesurfs
Why aren't kick flips cool? They are…on a skateboard
What’s your favorite emoticon? The peace sign
Who’s the most beautiful female surfer? Monyca Eleogram
Favorite Taylor Swift song? "Blank Space"
Best city in the world? Capitola
Best airport in the world? Hong Kong
Kanye West — yes or no? Yes
What is the meaning of life? Living in the present