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Maui’s Arrival as a Surfing Hotbed

clay marzoFor years, the island of Oahu has had the eyes of those who make up the action-sports industry focused squarely upon it when searching for the newest up-and-coming surfing talents from the state of Hawaii. Whether it’s the fact that the majority of the state’s population is found on the main-island or that the surfing’s epicenter, the North Shore, is found there, the surfers of O’ahu have generally had an easier time getting noticed than their neighboring island counterparts. The Irons boys from Kauai put a lot of that to rest, and it looks like Maui has squarely placed itself on the map when it comes to being considered a hotbed for surfings biggest and newest talents.

Clay Marzo, Dusty Payne, Kai Barger, and Granger Larsen all find themselves considered among the top 16 under-22 surfers in the world. All of them hail from Maui. When asked about the recent onslaught of Maui rippers, Barger had this to say- “Over here we really had to work for it. When we were younger, nothing was really given to us like it is on the mainland and on Oahu. There weren’t a lot of sponsors scouting out kids and stuff like that, so we were just really hungry.”

While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that anything in surfing is simply ever “given” to the surfers from the mainland and Oahu, it’s pretty clear that Maui’s young surfers have had to work that much harder to put themselves on the map. That work has now payed off, and Maui is pumping out world-class talent like never before.

Posted by Shaun on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 in Surfing.

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