Kelia Moniz is a young and talented Hawaiian surfer known for her graceful longboarding skills. Inspired by people who live their life with passion and hard work, Kelia’s surfing ability is clear evidence that she lives by these principles. We caught up with Kelia to learn more.
What was your life like growing up?
Growing up I was the second of five and the only girl in the family. There was never a dull moment in our household. My brothers and I all enjoyed the ocean equally so my patents would take us surfing almost every day. My mom homeschooled all of us from day one. As we grew up and started surfing more, the homeschool lifestyle worked great. When the waves were good, we got to do our work the night before so we could surf early the next morning. My mom and dad supported us in everything we did and continue to do so. I had the most amazing upbringing.
When did you get your first surfboard?
When I was about 10 my parents got me my first board. It was a 7’2″, all red, fun board.
What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
I don’t really remember the feeling of the first time because I was too young. We grew up around the ocean so surfing was like second nature.
Who did you look up to and admire when you were a young girl?
Definitely looked up to my mom. She was/is the most influential person in my life, her and my dad!
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out and why?
I loved Tahiti, just picture perfect beauty! Everything there seemed fake it was so perfect.
How important is style?
Style is extremely important. I feel like style is what makes people want to watch you perform.
Who/what inspires you?
People who have passion and really work hard to accomplish their goals inspire me to do the same in my life.
Tell us about your relationship with Roxy.
I’ve been with Roxy for 5 years now. Over the last 3 years I’ve been working a lot with them and growing a really strong friendship with them. We have a really solid crew right now and I absolutely love working with them. Most times our work is so enjoyable it’s hard to even label it as work.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
To earn respect you must show respect.
What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud of my family. My parents have started a surf a school in Waikiki that has been growing like rapid fire called Faith Surf School. And my brothers have been competing in amateur and Jr. surf events around the world and have been doing really well. So I’m a very proud daughter and sister!
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Making other people happy makes me REALLY happy. I think that’s what brings the most happiness, just making others smile.
What is currently your favorite board? Your favorite surf spot?
Right now I have a little 5’1″ Eric Arakawa bandit. It is one of the most fun boards I’ve ever had. And my favorite surf spot is always Kewalo basin on the south shore of Oahu.
What’s your favorite meal?
Sushi for sure.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Call Me Maybe — Carly Rae Jespen.
What are you most grateful for?
I’m extremely grateful for the lifestyle God has blessed me with and all the amazing friends and family who surround me.
What’s next for Kelia Moniz?
I’ll be moving to LA this summer! Yay very excited!