Despite the events of the past couple months, Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz is still the same outgoing, three-thumbed, dance-machine from Kauai that the surf community knows and loves – he’s just added a few new facts to his Wikipedia page: Triple Crown champion and a member of the ASP World Tour. One was the springboard unto the other.
His showing in Hawaii during Winter 2012 solidified what so many had believed about the 24-year-old: he has the pedigree to compete and thrive among the best surfers in the world. Beginning in 2013, he will have the opportunity to do just that – and his fellow WCT surfers are anxious to have him.
“The Bass on Tour, I reckon it’s going to be all-time,” said Mick Fanning, a two-time ASP world champ, who’ll be in Zietz’s first heat at the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast in Australia, which begins Saturday.
“Seabass is definitely going to add some flavor to the Tour next year,” said Oakley teammate Julian Wilson.
As a rookie on the WCT, Zietz’s calendar filled up quickly with trips to some of the best waves in the world, including Teahupoo, Cloudbreak, Trestles and Keramas for the Oakley Pro Bali. With a skillset that includes aerials, power turns and total comfort in big barrels, don’t be surprised to see Zietz adding to his trophy room soon.