Surfing has always played host to a cast of colorful characters, and today, Sebastian Zietz is adding to that legacy. In a matter of months, Zietz went from just a dancing, three-thumbed surfer from Kauai to one of the biggest names in the sport. He announced himself to the surfing world in grand fashion in 2012, winning the Triple Crown of Surfing (and qualifying for the WSL World Tour) and being carried up the beach by friends and family aboard a big-wave gun. It's a celebration still talked about to this day – and it was 100 percent in the character of the man the world calls Seabass.
Growing up on Kauai and looking to the likes of Danny Fuller, Dustin Barca, the Irons brothers and his own brothers for inspiration, Zietz developed the full arsenal of wave-riding maneuvers. He’s as comfortable launching a massive air at Pine Trees as he is pulling in under the lip of a Backdoor bomb. After finally obtaining a passport (long story), Zietz was ready to travel the world and compete amongst the best surfers in the world. With a couple seasons on the Dream Tour under his belt, Zietz is now ready to establish himself among the best in the world – but the success isn’t changing him. The guy wants to win heats and contests, and maybe even one day a world title, but he’s going to have a good time along the way – making jokes on the webcast, showing off dance moves and putting a smile on the faces of everyone around him.