Surfing has long been synonymous with “Hawaii” since the 1920s. As surfing blossomed, so did some of Hawaii’s greatest ambassadors. Legends such as Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, and Buffalo Keaulana promoted surfing on a global level. And while the surfing industry continued to grow and develop many lost sight of the culture and the value that can be witnessed in the passion of a few surfers. In the early years of this new millennium, we see a handful of Native Hawaiians who are progressive in pushing the sport forward, but are doing so with their roots firmly planted in their culture. With strong ties to his heritage, Nelson Ahina, is not only making his mark in Hawaiian history as a Native Hawaiian surfer but he is doing so with the true spirit of aloha.
Raised in Kalihi, Nelson quickly found his calling through surfing, “It’s like coming to church. You can come here and just have a good time.”
Having dominated the local amateur longboard scene, at 17 years old, this state champion has his eyes set on the professional arena. With a clear sense of purpose and new-found support from his sponsors this young Hawaiian is the new face of professional surfing. Hopefully he will garner the global attention his ancestors attained. He is definitely on the edge.
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