After traveling the world on the WQS Tour, Kepa Acero was not finding what he needed. Rather than focusing on contests and being caught up in one thing in life, he decided he needed to explore his other interests in the world. With very little knowledge behind the lens, Kepa purchased a few cameras, got an around the world ticket, and set off to document the people, cultures and waves he was visiting. It´s been four years already on his solo journeys around the world, and lately he has been in Africa.
Hailing from Maui, Kemper spent a childhood looking up to the greatest Hawaiians from the generations before him. With no lack of motivation, Kemper is known as a hard-working young surfer ready to charge. In 2010, he won the 4-star HIC Pro at Sunset Beach, putting himself on the map and finishing the year ranked No. 1 in the ASP Hawaii Region. Kemper might be best known for his paddle-in exploits in huge Jaws, where he has already logged a lifetime of massive walls. His numerous XXL entries have included 2010 “Ride of the Year,” and 2013 “Wipeout of the Year.” In 2012, he also won the Steep & Deep Pipeline Photo Challenge. But he’s now establishing himself on the WQS, doing ASP 6-star and Prime events from the US Open to the Reef Pro El Salvador and the Pipeline Pro.
Taylor Knox’s passion for boardsports almost ended his career before it started. At the age of 15, Knox suffered a devastating back injury while skateboarding. Doctors insisted he would never surf competitively, but after undergoing surgery for a damaged lumbar, Knox defied the harsh sentence by turning to a healthy diet, core fitness training and intense physical therapy.