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Mainei Kinimaka

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    Anahola, Kaua'i

With the ocean as some of her earliest memories, Mainei’s childhood was filled with surf and sand. Growing up on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai, Mainei and her sister Maluhia learnt to surf as soon as they could swim. Stoking their passion for the sport and encouraging progression was her father, big wave legend, Titus Kinimaka. From longboards to shortboards, stand up paddling and tow in surfing, Titus made sure the Kinimaka sisters always managed to find new respect for boardriding and how much there is to love about the ocean.

Finding her competitive spirit at an early age, Mainei claimed early comp wins at the Irons Brothers Pine Trees Classic, giving her the opportunity to spend a little time with one of her idols, Andy Irons.

As a recent high school graduate and with the world as her oyster, Mainei has decided to dedicate her gap year to chasing the QS tour circuit.


STANCE: Regular

Favorite wave? Punta Conejo, Salina Cruz.

Favorite place to travel? Australia, so many good waves!

Favorite city? San Francisco, my mom grew up there so it's nice to visit family and enjoy a change of scenery.

Who taught you to surf? My dad, he took me out on his board before I can even remember.

Who inspires you? My sister Maluhia.

What’s the best thing about surfing? It connects me to my Hawaiian culture and has allowed me to create lifelong friendships around the world.

What’s your favorite trick? Tail slides.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? Do what you love and be grateful, the rest will fall into place.

What’s your best memory? Why? Sitting around a fire at Hanalei Bay with friends, watching the sunset and listening to Bob Marley. It was a combination of all my favorite things!