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Malia Manuel 

Surfing has been ingrained in Malia’s blood since she was born. As a baby, her parents would take turns watching her on the sand while the other would catch waves on the beaches of Kauai. As soon as she turned two, Malia started surfing with them. Born and raised in the small lush town of Wailua, Kauai. Malia has been highly influenced by her culture. Her father is born and raised on Kauai and part Hawaiian, her mother is from Southern California, making Malia “hapa haole”, she said laughing.

At the age of 8, she began surfing in contests and fell in love with the surfing industry. “I never planned on being a professional surfer, it kind of chose me”, says Malia. “I’ve been competing since I was 8 years old and to now be one of the 17 Women going for the World Title, seems pretty surreal still.”

Aside from surfing, Malia artistically paints her own surf boards with a Hawaiian / Polynesian theme, inscribed somewhere in her paintings, is the word “KAUNU”. The word, which means “passion” in Hawaiian, embodies her happy-go-lucky spirit. She also is an avid yoga student and runner. Whether it’s hiking in the mountains, going to yoga, running, Malia is the true spirit of island aloha and grace. It’s rare to see her without a smile on her face or doing something other than creating beauty through her art, sport activities, or surfing.

Growing up in Hawaii, she has been highly influenced by the many of the Kaua'i boys, making her style progressive and fluid, yet incredibly graceful and poised. At 14, Malia is the youngest ever female or male to win the US Open of Surfing (2008), amongst other accomplishments. 

Malia is filled with a stoked passion, striking good looks, and all the natural talent to be best surfer in the world. While she loves competing, she is going to do it at her own pace, with a huge smile on her face and with the grace of a Hawaiian dancer. 

Accomplishments

  • 2014 - Ranked 5th on the World Surf League Tour- age 21
  • 2014 - WQS 6star, Merewether Surf Fest Champion- age 20
  • 2013 - ASP World Rankings Champion -age 20
  • 2013- WQS 6star, SuperGirl Pro Champ - age 20
  • 2012- ASP Women’s Rookie of The Year - age 19
  • 2011- Top Qualifier for the Elite ASP Women's World Tour – age 18
  • 2011- WQS 6star, Azores Islands Champion – age 18
  • 2011- WQS 6star, Pantin Spain Champion – age 18
  • 2011- Cover of TransWorld Surf Magazine (2nd female ever) – age 17
  • 2010- Hawaii World Team member – age 16
  • 2009- Hawaii World Team member – age 15
  • 2009- US Open Junior Womens Champ – age 15
  • 2009- Junior Women Regional Champ – age 15
  • 2009- VQS Champion – age 14
  • 2008- YOUNGEST EVER US OPEN CHAMP – AGE 14
  • 2008- International Grom Search Champ – age 14
  • 2008- Junior Women Regional Champ -age 14
  • 2008- Hawaii World Team Member – age 14
  • 2008- NSSA National champ Explorer Womens – age 14
  • 2007- NSSA Middle School girls National Champion -age 13
  • 2006- NSSA Open Women runner up – age 12
  • 2005- Hawaii World Team member – age 11
  • 2004- Surfing America Champion National Title – age 10
  • 2002- 1st Annual Irons Brothers Classic winner – age 8