Three time Women's Junior Tour world title holder 22 year old Mahina Maeda is a dominating force in women’s professional surfing. Coursing and navigating some of the heaviest waves in the world, Maeda has been achieving success after success from an early age. When most children were watching the tides ebb and flow, Maeda was learning to grasp control of the water beneath her board.
Born to Japanese parents on Oahu’s north shore, Maeda flourished into a talented ambassador for the Asian-American community in sport. Holding dual Japanese and American citizenship, Maeda treasures both sides of her cultural identity and has been able to represent strongly as a powerful figure as one of the few Asian-American women in professional surfing. A strong contender to represent Japan at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, Maeda stands to showcase her skills to more surf fans than ever before.