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.
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.
Malia Manuel - Photo: ASP
OCEANSIDE, California/USA (Sunday, August 4, 2013) – Malia Manuel (HAW), 19, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Ford Supergirl Pro over fellow ASP WCT campaigner Paige Hareb (NZL), 23, in peaky three-to-five foot waves in Oceanside, California.
Manuel led the Ford Supergirl Pro throughout the event's entirety, owning the top scores of each round while progressing to the Final. The Hawaiian's dominance would continue while securing the major victory, belting a 9.57 and 7.67 for powerful combinations on both her forhand and backhand to earn her first victory of the 2013 this season.
"The past couple of days, I really had motivation coming off of a tough result at the US Open," Manuel said. "I wanted to do well there. It's good to be in California, it's like a second home to me. I wanted to get in rhythm and just finally have that push for a good result."
Manuel, current No. 12 on the ASP WCT, had struggled to find consistency at the early season stops this year and hopes today's major victory represents a turning point in her season.
"It felt good to finally have one event where everything came together," Manuel said. "I've had such ups and downs this whole year and I was really confident, but it just never all flowed in one contest. I'm happy it happened here and I'm looking forward to finishing up the year."
Paige Hareb, who finished runner-up at last year's Ford Supergirl Pro, matched her efforts in Oceanside again this year. The talented Kiwi put in a polished performance throughout the entirety of the event, but was unable to find the scores needed to surpass Manuel in the Final.
"This is my best result of the year, so I'm pretty happy, but I wish I just could have performed a little bit better in the Final," Hareb said. "It just didn't go my way. It was pretty hard to find the right one and it was one of the hardest heats I've had in competition and Malia (Manuel) did well."
Hareb, current No 12 on the Women's WCT, was another elite competitor looking to potentially requalify for the ASP Top 17 via the Qualifying Series (QS) and her second place finish will help the goofy-footer gain traction towards attaining her goal for next season.
"I hadn't had a good result on the QS yet this year and hopefully this will get me up there," Hareb said. "Hopefully I'm going to move on to Europe and get some good results there and requalify."
Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, marched through two rounds on the final day of competition besting fellow French surfer Justine Dupont, 21, en route to the final. Despite Ado's success in the early rounds, she was unable to find a rhythm in her Semifinals clash against Manuel, finishing equal 3rd overall.
"I had a really good result in the US Open and getting a 3rd here is good for my QS ranking," Ado said. "I'm super happy overall, but I wish I surfed better in the Semifinal. Malia (Manuel) was on every wave and I didn't get anything, but it was a good leg for sure."
Ado, current No. 10 on the ASP WCT, was relieved to earn another Semifinals finish following her Equal 3rd place result at the US Open of Surfing and hopes to carry her momentum in to the European leg of the season.
"The two last QS events are in Europe, so I'll have my family and friends there and a lot of support," Ado said. "Hopefully I can get a few more good results under my belt and requalify for next year's WCT."
Alessa Quizon (HAW), 19, who entered the Ford Supergirl Pro ranked No. 4 on the ASP Women's World Ranking, earned her career-best result in Oceanside with an equal 3rd place finish. The Hawaiian goofy-footer would best fellow Oahu native Coco Ho, 22, in the Quarterfinals, but was unable to surpass Hareb in their Semifinals affair.
"I'm really happy that I made it this far," Quizon said. "This is my first Semifinal in a 6-Star QS and I've improved so much from last year. I've had a few Quarterfinals results as well and I'm feeling confident going in to the rest of the year."
For Ford Supergirl Pro highlights log on to www.supergirlpro.com
For complimentary high-res images log on to http://www.aspworldtour.com/press-room/
For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org
FORD SUPERGIRL PRO FINAL RESULT:
1 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 17.24
2 – Paige Hareb (NZL) 3.37
FORD SUPERGIRL PRO SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 16.33 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.27
SF 2: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.00 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.60
FORD SUPERGIRL PRO QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.50 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.30
QF 2: Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.37 def. Justine Dupont (FRA) 10.16
QF 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 13.77 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 10.30
QF 4: Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.63 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.84
FORD SUPERGIRL PRO ROUND OF 12 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.03, Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.43, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 5.33
Heat 2: Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.26, Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.47, Anali Gomez (PER) 7.70
Heat 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.50, Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.57, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.00
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.60, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.33, Phillipa Anderson (AUS) 8.50
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?
4. Glass on fins or fin systems? Why?
Future Fins; high tech&easier for traveling
5. Favorite surf destination and wave?
6. Favorite maneuver?
7. Celebrity crush?
Never had one.
8. What's in your traveling quiver?
A few different boards
9. Status (Married, single, whatever?)
10. Favorite website?
Oneill.com & Surfline.com
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?
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.