Meet two of Oahu’s brightest rising stars— inspirational surfers who are as beautiful as they are talented.
Kelia Moniz is the current ASP Women’s World Longboard champion, winning back to back titles in 2012 and 2013. Kelia is the only sister among four brothers (hence her nickname: “Sister”), who are also surfing competitively, making their way as up-and-coming surf talents. Her parents own and operate Faith Surf School on the South Shore of Oahu. Her father, Tony Moniz, was a professional surfer and is a respected big wave surfer. Kelia’s mom, Tammy Moniz, homeschooled all five children, taking them straight to the beach after schoolwork was completed every single day. Her classroom was Waikiki Beach and it paid off, turning the Roxy girl into a skilled noserider and stylish surfer.
From another surf family on the North Shore of Oahu, Honolua Blomfield is currently the Junior International Surfing Association World Longboard Champion. Winning the gold in that competition means that Honolua beat out the girls AND boys up to 18 years old from all over the world for the title. The 15-year-old comes from a family of soul surfers and watermen with deep roots in Hawaii, which means she’s actually put in a lifetime of surfing some of the world’s most challenging waves just because they happen to be in her backyard. The switch-stance wave slider doesn’t discriminate between long or short boarding and has been racking up wins and runner-up statuses at competitions for both. Mostly though, Honolua keeps it old school because that’s what she knows. For this all-around surfer, it’s not about gear and specs, it’s about style and riding waves with whatever you’ve got in front of you.
To learn to surf or aspire to improve to Kelia or Honolua status, check out North Shore Surf Girls for lessons and board rentals!