In 2008, at the age of just 14, Hawai’an Malia Manuel become the youngest ever athlete to win the US Open of Surfing. She built on that early success with two ASP 6-Star victories in 2011, and in 2012, her first year on the World Championship Tour, she finished sixth.
After struggling to find consistency during the early part of 2013, she claimed the biggest victory of her career so far in August of that year - the Ford Supergirl Pro at Oceanside, California. In peaky three-to-five foot waves, she defeated Kiwi Paige Hareb after leading the contest throughout, owning the top scores of each round on her way to the final.
Malia was born on 9th August 1993 in the small, lush town of Wailua, on the island of Kauai. Surfing has been in her blood since she was born - as a baby, her parents would take turns watching her on the sand while the other would catch waves, and as soon as she turned two, Malia started surfing with them. At the age of eight, she began surfing in contests and she soon won her first event, the first annual Irons Brothers Classic.
She is highly influenced by the many famous Kauai boys, making her style progressive and fluid, yet incredibly graceful and poised. She certainly has the natural talent to be the best surfer in the world, and her love of competing should ensure she is a force to be reckoned with on the tour for many years to come.
- Age: 20
- Height: 1.62m
- Weight: 52kg
- Nationality: Hawaii