If you’re familiar with Hawaiian legends or surfing’s royal families, you know Mainei Kinimaka’s last name. Her family, upbringing, home, and the ocean have all played integral roles in shaping her into the young woman she’s become. Mainei’s roots run deep and she carries them with her wherever she goes. She’s been a part of the Roxy family since she was just 8 years old, and surfing has given her the opportunity to travel the world, something most people her age only dream about. She will always be the girl from Kaua’i, and when life takes her to unfamiliar places, the ocean will always feel like home.
HEREWITH: Hi Mainei! Where are you right now?
MAINEI: Hi! Right now I’m at home on Kaua’i. I spent all day surfing and spending time with my family, so it was a great day.
How has surfing shaped you as person?
Surfing has blessed me with incredible opportunities to witness some remarkable parts of the world. In those places I’ve learned so much about history, culture and humanity. Surfing has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and a desire to never stop learning about the world.
Has being part of the Roxy family changed your everyday life?
I’ve been on the Roxy team since I was 8 years old, so I’ve been really fortunate to grow up around the entire Roxy and Quiksilver family. When my dad used to travel with Quiksilver, he would bring my family along, so I got to see everything he did with the company at a young age. Now that I’m older I’m getting to do things that he used to do, which he is really excited about, and it’s been everything I’ve dreamed of. The Roxy girls really are a family. All of us are so close and everyone is so supportive of each other. From the riders to those who are behind the scenes at the office, I feel that Roxy has a really solid team, and it just so happens that everyone really clicks together.
You seem to travel a lot. How do you find balance when you’re always on the go?
This past year I’ve done a lot of traveling, and although it’s an amazing experience there are times when I get a little tired or homesick. Luckily for me I find balance in the ocean. Once you get to the ocean, you see the waves, you go in and it’s such a relief ‘cause it feels like you’re home. No matter how far I’ve traveled or how long I’ve been on the road, when I get to the sea it’s like I’m home again. It can provide comfort and familiarity in the most unfamiliar of places.
What’s next for you?
For the rest of the year I’m planning on going on some surf trips and doing some traveling with Roxy, which I’m really looking forward to. I’m also planning on starting college online in the fall. I took a gap year after graduating from high school last May and I feel like it was the best decision I could have made. It was a relaxing change from having to balance travel and school, but I’m definitely excited to go back and continue my education.
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