Bettylou Sakura Johnson may only be 15 years old, but she is paving her way onto the Championship Tour and will be competing against the world's best after receiving the wildcard for the 2021 Maui Pro presented by ROXY.
Honolua Bay is a perfect wave for the young Oahu local to showcase her surfing. She has a strong forehand attack, and growing up in Hawaiian waters, isn't afraid of consequential waves.
Already a proven threat, Johnson represented Team Hawai‘i in the 2019 International Surfing Association's Junior World Championship, winning the silver medal in her division. And she won the 2019 Rip Curl Grom Search at the BSR Surf Ranch in Texas, beating 36 of the best under 16 surfers.
And let's not forget that Johnson started the 2020 season off on a good foot. In March, she won both the Women's Junior and QS Papara Pro Open in Tahiti. She dropped a near perfect score in the Final with a heat total of 16.14, taking out fellow competitor Luana Silva. With those wins under her belt, she was gaining the momentum needed for the year to come before COVID unfortunately derailed her campaign.
During the downtime, Johnson has been able to travel to places like Indonesia to hone her skills in larger waves and sharpen up that frontside attack. And with nothing to loose going in as a wildcard, she is going to be one to watch. The event is set to start on December 4th.