About Malia Ward

A California native, Malia Ward is the daughter of pro surfer father Chris Ward and fitness model mother Jacqueline Miller. As such Maliaโ€™s introduction to surfing was inevitable. She spent a large part of her youth in the ocean, and by her early teens showed promise as one of California's best young surfers.

However, growing up with her mother, living a jet-set lifestyle in Corona Del Mar, the importance of education was stressed as much as any sporting achievement. Whilst competing on the junior circuit as a teenager, Ward also strove to be an all-round athlete and A-grade student.

Upon graduating from High School, she enrolled at the University of Southern California and studied Communications. She, naturally, was a member of the USC Surf Team but also a valued member of the entrepreneurship minor program. In between surfing and studying, she also pursued a budding commercial and theatrical acting career, played tennis and DJ'd on the side.

Now 22, you sense Wardโ€™s life is brimming with opportunity. While surfing remains her number one passion, her mix of athleticism and smarts, education, and energy means that for the ever-smiling Ward, the world is her oyster.

โ€œI just want to continue to become a better athlete and surfer,โ€ she said recently. โ€œI want to focus on being happy with my body, fitness goals, and all the wonderful people in my circle. The world needs inspiration right now more than ever.โ€ You sense she is the right type of person to provide it.

Instagram: @malia_ward

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Malia Ward

United States

Malia Ward

United States
  • First season
    2013 Women's JUN
  • Hometown
    San Clemente, California
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