Being a professional athlete takes dedication, perseverance and courage. Courage to challenge yourself in the most demanding circumstances and courage to believe in yourself.
O’Neill surf pro, Malia Manuel, knows first hand what it means to experience both triumph and fear in her professional career.
In any sport, predictability can’t be calculated. As much as we train, knowing what will happen next is impossible, especially when Mother Nature calls the shots. The scariest moment in my career was when I split my ear in half in Costa Rica. I fell on a wave and it felt like I blew out my ear drum. I didn’t know if it was the nose of the board or the fin that hit me, but I was stunned and in extreme pain. Luckily, the damage was only cosmetic! I ended up with 14 stitches in my ear lobe.
My most proud moment was getting crowned “Rookie of the Year” for last year’s ASP Women’s World Tour and getting inducted alongside the past winners who are all so talented. I was surrounded in a room with all the best surfers in the world and past legends. It was a dream come true.
There you have it – Inside Surfing with Malia Manuel.
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