Growing up in Hawaii, surfing came naturally. Afternoons and weekends were always spent at the beach with friends and family. My dad used to bring me with him to the surf and I’d hang on to the front of his longboard when I was three, and when I was seven I competed in my first surf contest – the Hui O’Pokahu contest on the west side of Maui. I’ve competed my whole life, a lot of it was very shortboard focused but I realised in high school I didn’t have the competitive drive, so I took a step back from competing seriously.
I started to enter longboard divisions just for fun and loved the whole vibe of the longboard scene. I first came to Noosa when I was 16 for the Noosa Festival of Surfing and have been back every year since – seven times in total.
I bought my Keyo old Mal last year, I’ve always loved how old Mals look and the romanticism around them. I’d thought it would just be a nice piece of history to have with me, not realising I’d genuinely love how the board surfed.