By Clare Seeger Mawae
Twelve-year-old Alex Mawae from Molokai traveled to Lahaina on May 17 and 18 to participate in the Lahaina SUP Surf Contest.
Having just returned from California where he took fourth place in the surfing portion of the California SUP event, Alex wanted to see how he faired against Maui boys.
With entries from well-known top international SUP surfers in the other divisions and a full division of 12-and-under surfers, Alex Mawae did well. He competed against the Maui surfers and took third place with a very credible performance.
This was Alex’s second SUP surfing event, compared to the many long distance events he has done since the age of 8 years old. With the sport on the rise and more contests appearing, Alex is currently fundraising so that he can participate in more events.
Watch out for this young man from Molokai as padding, surfing and the ocean is now embedded deep into his heart.