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Makua Rothman

Pro Surfer
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • June 17, 1984


  • 2003 Billabong XXL Big Wave Challenge Award
  • 2015 World Surf League WSL Big Wave World Tour Champion

Makaukai (Makua) Rothman was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawai’i. The son of “Fast” Eddie Rothman, a local legend of the area’s surfing culture, Makua was on a surfboard as early as age two. By age 13, he had become a fixture in the North Shore surf community, making a name for himself based on his skill rather than lineage.

Despite his love of the waves, asthma made the sport challenging and dangerous for the young man. To improve his stamina, Rothman engaged in rigorous training and participated in various sports such as water polo, martial arts, and soccer.

Though he participated in standard surfing competitions, Rothman is best known for surfing big waves, like those found on the North Shore’s home turf. At only 18 years of age, he dazzled the world with his ride of a 66-foot wave at Jaws, an area known as some of the most dangerous waters on Earth. The ride earned him the 2003 Billabong XXL Big Wave Challenge Award and propelled him onto the highest stages of big wave surfing.

Rothman dominated the World Surf League’s (WSL) Big Wave World Tour in 2015 to bring home the inaugural championship. Since then, he’s continued to be a force in big wave competitions and exhibitions.

Alongside surfing, Rothman is also a successful recording artist. His first full-length album, entitled Sound Waves, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s World Music Album chart and reached #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart.

makua rothman
makua rothman

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