I was born and raised on the island of Maui by my Father Buzzy Kerbox, and mother Kirstin Kerbox along with my 2 younger brothers Kasey and Kyler. Growing up on an island made it easy to spend a lot of time in the water and with a lot of different toys.
I always loved to shortboard, longboard, tow-surf, windsurf, foil-board, or anything else that I could get my hands on. In 2009 I rode an 8’3 Naish SUP board that would change my life. That board allowed me to get around in lineups faster, see the waves earlier, rip in small waves better and do bigger turns when the waves got serious.
It was something that I enjoyed doing and eventually started competing in, receiving the Rookie of the Year award on the Stand up World Tour in 2011. After seeing the rapid growth in the racing side, I quickly took interest and now compete on 2 separate tours and dozens of competitions that take me around the world and keep me pretty busy.
I have been fortunate enough to make some time for video projects to places like Panama, Tahiti, Peru and Mexico all in the last year. I am looking forward to riding many more waves around the world!
What I want the most is time in the ocean. That is what I love to do and that is where I love to be. All my motivation comes from the desire to ride waves the best that I can, on all types of equipment.
The greatest achievement for me would be to win a world title. To compete all year long and come out on top at the end is the ultimate goal. There is only room for 1.
Stand up paddle has many difficulties, the biggest one being the fact that I compete in both disciplines of the sport. The racing side is all out paddling in course format ranging from 200 meters, to 32 miles.
On the surfing side I follow a world tour that goes to some of the heaviest waves in the world, as well as small tricky beach breaks. You need to have a wide variety of skills.
I am usually most satisfied when I know I pushed my hardest and performed to the best of my abilities. If that means I end up winning the contest then that feels pretty good too…
I have a pretty good set up here on Maui. I live close to a beach that provides me a perfect training ground for all my wave riding needs. There is also a flat water harbor I can train in and we have one of the best downwind paddle runs in the world.
Having fun is the biggest motivation. If you aren’t having fun, then you are not going to improve. Luckily I have a passion for training and being in the ocean which suits me well for my career choice.
Under performing. You put so much into preparing for a contest and you want to perform at your best when it matters most that sometimes you can stress your self out too much and not perform the way you want to.
I have been working on the mental side of it lately and working on how to be in the right mind set going into competitions.
My biggest fans would have to be my family. They are always stoked for me if I am giving it my best, no matter what the result. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their amazing support. Thanks guys!