About

Malia Manuel burst onto the pro surfing scene as a 14-year-old prodigy in 2008, when she became the youngest surfer to ever win the US Open of Surfing. At the time, she was the latest in a long line of talented surfers emerging from Kauai, which had become the epicenter of progression thanks to locals like the Andy and Bruce Irons, Dustin Barca, and Sebastian Zietz. In 2011, she joined the Qualifying Series and won two more events on her way to becoming a fulltime member of the Championship Tour in 2012. Her surfing is upbeat and stylish, and matches her personality in both its elegance and authority, and when she won the rookie of the year honor in 2012, finishing No. 6 on the season, many thought a future World Title was all but inevitable. But after her six years on tour, she's collected a handful of Qualifying Series wins, yet is still searching for her first Championship Tour victory, and the highest rank she’s ever reached is No. 5 in 2014. To that end, many believe Manuel is the most underrated surfer on the women’s side, and is long overdue for a serious breakout. After being injured at Margaret River at the start of last season she missed four events, and endured her longest stretch ever out of the water. The absence may have lit a fire, because Manuel came back and ended her year strong with a runner-up finish at Honolua Bay on Maui. Getting so close to her first CT win and ending her trying season on a high note will undoubtedly make her hungry for more in 2018.

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  • Women's CT 2018
    #12
  • Heat wins
    4
  • Avg. heat score
    11.57
  • Avg. wave score
    3.82

Competition results

Women's Championship Tour #4
Complete
May 11 - 20, 2018
Place
13th
Defeated by
Women's Championship Tour #2
Complete
Mar 28 - Apr 08, 2018
Place
13th
Defeated by
Women's Championship Tour #1
Complete
Mar 11 - 22, 2018
Place
3rd
Defeated by

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Event results

NamePlacePointsPrize money
Roxy Pro Gold Coast3rd6,085$21,000
Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach13th1,390$10,000
Margaret River Pro - Women's9th3,085$11,500
Oi Rio Women's Pro13th1,390$10,000
Corona Bali Protected - Women's---

Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
20181211,95041217.333rd 
20171231,900102317.002nd 
2016740,600104018.032nd 
20151035,650103217.173rd 
2014543,600104218.133rd(x3)
20131323,65082418.605th(x2)
2012634,10072918.302nd 
Malia Manuel
Hawaii
Malia Manuel
Hawaii
  • Stance
    Regular
  • First season
    2008
  • Age
    24 Aug 9, 1993
  • Height
    5 ft, 5 in 165 cm
  • Weight
    119 lbs 54 kg
  • Hometown
    Wailua, Kauai
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