Malia Manuel

Malia Manuel

Biography:

HAWAII'S FINEST
Surfing has been ingrained in Malia's blood since she was born. At the age of two, Malia started surfing with her parents, catching waves along the beaches of Kauai. Growing up in Hawaii, she has been highly influenced by iconic surfers, making her style fluid and graceful, yet incredibly progressive. Malia is 100% Aloha! She fully embraces her culture, including a love for the ocean.


LEADING BY EXAMPLE
In 2008 Malia took the world by surprise and dominated the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, becoming the youngest female U.S Open Champion at just 14 years old. Since then Malia has continued to influence the female surfing progression by placing 1st in the US Open Pro Junior in 2009, claiming the cover of TransWorld Surf Magazine in 2011, becoming champion of both the Azores Islands and Pantin Spain WQS 6-star events, and earning the top qualifier spot for the elite ASP Women's World Tour in 2012.


PERSPECTIVE
Malia is filled with passion, striking good looks, and all the natural talent needed to be the best surfer in the world. While she loves competing, she is going to do it her way, with a huge smile on her face and the grace of a Hawaiian dancer. True surfers do it to have fun, not for the glory. She does it because she loves it. "I never planned on being a professional surfer, it kind of chose me," said Malia.

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1. Most embarrassing moment?
Some one said something really funny while I was drinking root beer, and I spit it all over my bestfriend.  


2. Favorite quote?
"To get what we've never had, we must do what we've never done."


3. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate


4. Glass on fins or fin systems? Why?
Future Fins; high tech&easier for traveling


5. Favorite surf destination and wave?
My homebreak.


6. Favorite maneuver?
Anything progressive 


7. Celebrity crush?
Never had one.  


8. What's in your traveling quiver?
A few different boards 


9. Status (Married, single, whatever?)
Whatever.


10. Favorite website?
Oneill.com & Surfline.com


11. Sounds?
I like it all! Keali'i Reichel, India Arie, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and lots more. 


12. Biggest influence in your life?
People who are considerate and have dignity. 


13. Favorite Surfers?
Kaua'i boys. 


14. What traits in the opposite sex are most attractive?
A healthy, non-partier. 


15. Worst wipeout?
Still have that scar from Hanalei Bay. 


16. Words to live by?
Don't let your ego get in the way of growth.

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