Torrey Medina Jr belongs to the Ponce Inlet groms community and he is one of the surfers who has made the most progress in recent years.
Torrey has a very supportive team: Torrey Medina Sr. always backing him in and out of the water, his mother and sisters taking excellent pictures from the beach, and the unconditional support of Shea Lopez.
Torrey always has a smile and a good vibe when he is surfing and shows that the most important thing is to have fun.
Meet Torrey Medina in this interview with Sunglow Surf:
Where are you from?
I live on beachside but grew up in Port Orange, Florida.
How Old Are You?
I am 13 years old.
Tell us about your beginnings in surfing.
When I was 3 years old I played on my boogie board like it was a surfboard and that’s where it all started.
What was your first surfboard?
My first fiberglass board was a 4’9 town & country Hawaiian surf design board.
Best surfboard ever ridden?
My favorite surf board is a 5’2 fun shape Lopez board.
Where did you learn to surf?
The first beach and favorite beach is Ponce Inlet, Florida.
Why did you decide to surf?
I decided to start surfing because no matter what surfing is the answer and my parents can’t even keep me out of the water.
Who are your surf friends?
Some of my surf friends since day one are Rad, Cash, Ev, Luke, Alana, and my newest friends Donovan and Victor. Out in the water I’ve met so many new friends but I can’t name them all.
What music do you listen to?
My favorite type of music is reggae (Sublime) and some rap. I like a little bit of everything.
Which was your favorite surf trip?
My best trip was to Lake Worth Pier, Palm Beach. I’m looking forward to a surf trip out of Florida soon.
Do you do any training besides surfing?
I skate a lot, ride my bike, or skunk my dad in fishing.
Tell us about your best contest.
Favorite contest was Shea Lopez Daytona Beach Week.
How important is surfing in your life?
Surfing is very important in my life and I don’t know what i would do without it.
It is important to keep the beaches clean to enjoy this sport, do you think surfers can come together to
maintain our beaches? And what advice can you offer for the conservation of the ecosystem?
Keeping the beach clean is important to all surfers, especially locals. It’s our second home and where I can get away from my house full of girls.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Shea Lopez for my awesome boards, Daytona Board store and Maui Nix for being the best surf shops, and all of the support from my family and friends. I’m very thankful for my mom and dad always driving me to surf at sunrise and leaving at sunset almost every day. I also want to thank Kemo because he helped me a lot and I miss him.
Don’t forget to follow Torrey on Instagram: @torreymedinajr.