World Renowned Surfer Malia Manuel On Her Love Of Yoga, Fave Surf Spot & Hawaii Lifestyle
Surfer babe Malia Manuel is making major waves in her career as a professional surfer. At the age of 14, she earned the record for youngest male or female ever to win the US Surf Open (2008). For 8 years running, she has been in the top 10 world tour surfers. Today, you can find this avid yogi and wellness lover as the face of Lululemon’s newest swimwear collection and as an ambassador for Sanuk, home of our fave Yoga Sling Cruz Sandals.
GET TO KNOW MALIA
Born and raised: Kauai, Hawaii
Currently living: Kauai
Known for: Professional Surfer
Personal motto: Enjoy the journey
Success is: Celebrating the little wins
Advice I would give my 20-year-old self: Be yourself without any hesitations or expectations
People are surprised that I: love essential oils and I’m a nerd for crystals.
The biggest risk I’ve taken that actually paid off: Competitive surfing for a career!
Image from Instagram user @MaliaManuel
Career highlights? Top 10 World Tour surfer for 8 years
How old were you when you first started to surf? Where did this passion stem from? I started surfing when I was 3yrs old with my parents. My passion stemmed from both parents who loved the ocean so much, we were at the beach everyday.
If you could surf anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Hawaii forever because of the warm water and versatile waves.
If you weren’t surfing professionally, what would you be doing? I would love to be a healer or yoga teacher.
Image from Sanuk
So you’re a Sanuk ambassador. What about that company speaks to you? I think my lifestyle aligns with the Sanuk vibe. I’m always going for comfort over anything else when it comes to fashion and I love the sustainability efforts Sanuk does with their Yoga Sling line.
What are you most excited about with the New Yoga Sling Cruz style you inspired?
I’m excited for the new colors we have incorporated into this season. I’m happy to have a Yoga Sling that can tackle multi-seasonal weather since I travel to so many different locations with different temperatures. I feel like The Yoga Sling Cruz can be my new go-to whatever the weather or occasion!
Julianne is the Content Manager for Sporteluxe USA and holds a degree in Communication Studies from The University of Alabama. She is a lover of reformer pilates and anything outdoors. On weekends you can find her on a hike with her dog or at the beach.