Makuakai (Makua) Rothman was born on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. An accomplished professional big wave surfer and aspiring musician, Makua was crowned the 2015 Big Wave World Champion. Makua’s first win came at the age of 18-years-old where he won the 2002 Billabong XXL Award for riding a 66-foot wave at Jaws (the largest wave known to be surfed anywhere in the world that winter). Music has also been a source of constant inspiration for Makua. He released his first EP in 2012 and has since released a full-length album and toured all over the US. Leading into 2016, Makua’s aspirations have turned to helping the troubled youth of Hawaii – with a focus on educating and nurturing the future people of Hawaii.