Kids Doing Rad Stuff: Alek Ramos
What’s your name?
My name is Alek Sebastian Ramos.
How old are you?
I am 13 years old.
Where are you from?
I was born in Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean.
Tell us a little bit about your family… what’s your favourite thing to do together?
My family and I have always been very close, we never leave each other’s side. My favourite thing to do with my family is to go to the beach with them.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
If I could have a superpower, I would choose the power to be like the Flash because I could go anywhere on Earth in less than a second.
What’s your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subject at school is P.E. because we play sports outside and don’t do anything else.
What age did you start learning to SUP?
I started to learn how to do SUP at the age of about 7 in the Condado Lagoon in Puerto Rico.
What board do you race on?
I race on a Starboard All Star 2018 12’6″x23″.
Do you prefer SUP or Stand Up Paddle Surf?
I personally prefer Stand Up Paddle Surf because it gives me adrenaline while I am surfing.
What’s your favourite board from Starboard?
My favourite board from Starboard is the Hyper Nut.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Spain.
What are some of your biggest achievements so far?
My biggest achievement is that I was able to compete in the United States in SUP.
Aside from SUP, what other activities do you enjoy doing outside?
The other activity I enjoy is playing soccer.
If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
I want to meet Messi because I want some advice from him to know how he became the athlete that he is now.
Who have you been lucky to have met so far?
I have been lucky to have met Chuck Patterson.
What’s the happiest memory you have from this year so far?
The best memory was when I took a trip to Puerto Rico to see my friends and family.
Do you have many issues regarding ocean plastics where you live?
No in Jacksonville there is almost no pollution because the laws are so strict that if you break them you will receive a fine.
Do you ever do beach clean-ups?
No, but every time I go to the beach I clean up the trash.
(Check out this video Alek and his brother created about the environment.)
What are some of your goals this year?
My goal this year is to make a school program that will help me in my future career.
Who inspires you?
Messi inspires me because he had a problem with his growth.
If you could change anything in the world, what would you change?
If I could change anything, I would change that there were no wars.