A Pro Surfer's Life on Oahu's North Shore

Mike Latronic, pro surfer and stunt double talks about his life as a surfer and what he likes about Hawaii.

Aside from being the stunt double for Matt Adler, the main character in the classic film “The North Shore,” the pro surfer has taken home a collection of merits, including the most recent title as ISA Master’s World Champion. From the sands of Sunset Beach, Mike Latronic talks about life on the North Shore. 

What are you doing on Sunset Beach? 

I’m trying to get a spot in the HIC Pro (qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown). I’m number two on the waitlist.

How often do you get to surf?

Well, it probably averages out to once a day or four to five times a week. There will be some days where I don’t surf at all. But on a good day, I’ll probably surf twice. There were times when I was younger where I used to surf four times a day. That was the life. But more so than just surfing, I like to be in the ocean. If I’m not in the ocean for a couple of days, I really start to show it. 

What’s it like getting “barreled?” 

It’s one of the most addictive things in the world. It’s a defining connection with nature that would be really hard to describe in words. In some ways, it’s very peaceful and it centers you. In other ways, it’s very exhilarating and it inspires you. It’s such a rare feeling. 

How was it being a stunt double? 

It was the best six weeks of employment I ever had. We got up, we had breakfast then we went surfing or we went looking for waves. Some days we didn’t do anything. For the wipeout scenes, they paid me per wave, per wipeout. I was really stoked to be a part of it.

What do you like about Hawaii? 

We moved here when I was 12 and I fell in love with surfing and the people. You don’t have to do much research to find out that we have some of the best surf on the planet. The waves are very powerful and very consistent. 

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I wasn’t selected as the double for North Shore at first. But on the first day of filming, my friend went to the set and said that everyone there couldn’t believe the stunt double they picked didn’t even look like the actor. So I went in there, showed my portfolio and they looked and me and said, “We want this guy.” It may be the New Yorker in me, but when I believe in something, I will go for it.