I was born in Recife, Brazil, started surfing when I was 12, and quickly got into surf competitions. I kept going until I was touring on the professional circuit and traveling around the world. However, living as a professional surfer in my hometown was difficult. In 1993, I moved to California for a change and got into surfing uncrowded, cold, heavy waves.
I was born and raised on the island of Maui. I love the lifestyle - great people, great waves, and great scenery. After pursuing an amateur contest career, I eventually started to focus on big waves. With big wave surfing, the risks are extremely high. In order to make sure I'm ready, I train at Upcountry CrossFit and stay active and in the water any chance I get.
Born and raised in the cold winters of New Jersey. I've been surfing since I was 7 years old and spend my surfing days hunting good waves at home and traveling as much as possible. I've had the good fortune of surfing taking me to some of the best places on earth and meeting some really great people along the way. I moonlight as a Web and app developer when I'm not surfing and can also be found skating, snowboarding, or long-distance paddleboarding when the waves are beat.
Kahea is a local North Shore standout from Haleiwa to V-Land. A certified personal trainer and owner of the North Shore Surf Clinic for surf lessons, coaching, and personal training, Kahea is also the assistant coach and trainer for the Hawaii Surf Team that won gold in Panama, May 2012.
I enjoy hanging with family and friends, working on and riding vintage motorcycles, training, and staying active.
Paige Alms is from Maui, HI. At 24 years old, she's regarded as one of the best big-wave female surfers in the world. Paige continues to live her dream, traveling the world in search of perfect waves and continuing her pursuit of riding the biggest wave ever by a woman in her own backyard, Jaws. When she isn't surfing, Paige trains in the gym to always be prepared, helps run SOS Surfboards, and enjoys life to the fullest.
Whether its skating the backyard ramp, fixing ding repairs, working out my bum knee, teaching yoga, cooking food down at the local restraunt hot spot, or catching a lil' surf while its here, I always have something going on and never seem to have enough time in the day. I glass my own surfboards nowadays, and I want CT Taylor (my shaper) to start showing me a few things in the shaping room as well so I can start building my own boards out of my ding shed. Once we build a few, the goal is to sell some and then transplant myself out to Southern California where I want to live, surf, and enjoy life.
Fishing is where I fell in love with the water as a child. I prefer to fish at night. I'm the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol lifeguard captain and enjoy rowing Van Duyne Surf Boats in lifeguard competitions. I love my family and friends so much - they've made me who I am today. Favorite surfing maneuvers: Kerupt flip, lien airs, and getting barreled.
As a kid, Shawn was always super positive, very respectful, and a pleasure to have around. I can easily say he is one of the most positive humans I know. He put in his time for a couple of years, building his knowledge and skills riding big waves. When you watch Shawn surf big waves, you can clearly see he truly enjoys everything about the experience. During the expression session at the 2010 Mavericks competition, Shawn made worldwide surfing history, and rode at the time the biggest wave ever paddled into in the world. His 55-foot wave is still the biggest wave paddle surfed at Mavericks. - Ken Collins