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Feature Friday: B4BC Team Rider Malia Manuel


Growing up in Hawaii, Malia was influenced by the best surfers the ocean had to offer. Malia was part of the youngest women’s final at the Women’s Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill in Huntington Beach and took top prize winning with a two-wave score of 14.34 points. Her style is graceful and consistent, but she pushes herself to be one of the most progressive riders out there. With the Hawaiian culture as a guiding light in her life, Malia shows her love for the ocean and people through being an example for others.


1. October brings a focus back onto Breast Cancer Prevention with a strong encouragement for people to become educated and stand up to cancer. What does it mean to you to be a part of B4BC?
Being apart of B4BC is such a privilege. I am a activist for living a healthy lifestyle and being aware of your body. To be able to encourage people to eat right, stay active, and promote early detection for breast cancer is not only something I strongly support but it is also my way of life.
2. Through events, B4BC is able to further its mission of promoting early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle to the action sports community, what is a personal favorite event of yours to participate in?
For as long as I remember B4BC has been sharing their mission and supporting their team riders at several of my surfing events.
3. You have been an inspiration to many, how has B4BC inspired you in life?
B4BC has inspired me to further the awareness of a healthy lifestyle with everyone and call them to action to step up and actually do it.
4. As you learn lessons from surfing, what is one thing you have learned that you teach to those you meet who are affected with cancer?
Find something that makes you smile and do it everyday. For me, surfing brings me joy. The serenity of the ocean and the calmness it brings makes me smile. So I encourage everyone to search for well being no matter what type of condition you are in and do something that makes you smile everyday.
5. You are still young in age, what drives you to your next step in life?
People who have overcome obstacles such as cancer drive me to the next step in life. It’s probably one of the most difficult and emotional times in anyone’s life so I use that courage and strength to keep me inspired. I hope to share the wealth of life with everyone and inspire people to live healthy and be happy.

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