Makua RothmanBig Wave Surfer
- Oahu, Hawai
- June 17, 1984
Born Makaukai (Makua) Rothman on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Rothman has been a presence among the surf community for essentially his entire life. Grabbing his ﬁrst ofﬁcial accolade at the ripe old age of 18, Rothman was awarded the 2003 Billabong XXL Award for riding a whopping 66-foot wave at Jaws – the largest recorded wave to be surfed in the world at that time.
In 2015, Rothman was awarded one of the biggest achievements in professional surﬁng, being crowned the 2015 Big Wave World Champion in the World Surf League’s (WSL) ﬁrst-ever sanctioned Big Wave World Tour. Before the age of 10, Rothman was riding waves and making a name for himself in the close-knit Hawaiian surf community.
Surﬁng was not the only pursuit in mind for Rothman. Back in 2012, he released his ﬁrst EP, Markanale Road. Since then, he has gone on to release a full-length album, Sound Wave (2013), which debuted as the #1 Billboard World Album on iTunes and eventually peaked as the #1 Billboard Reggae Album in December 2013. He has toured across the US, opening for acts such as Matisyahu, Sublime w/ Rome, Steel Pulse, Slightly Stoopid, and The Wailers.