Born and Raised: San Clemente, Ca
Home Break: Lowers Beach
Sponsors: Mayhem Surfboards Blenders Eyewear Indah Clothing Crowd Control Surf Racks Cyber Wetsuits Future Fins North Beach Nutrition Surfergirl SunCare Oam Tonic Hair Care Ethika Matunas Candles
Photographed by: William B. and Kevin Peterson of Static Studios
The Notebook, Columbiana, Ward Stories, Step Brothers, Bridesmaids, and Insidious
Sublime, Pepper, Tunnel Vision, Steel Pulse, and Red Hot Chili Peppers
Catfish, Malcom in the Middle, Full House
Best Surf Movie
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RESiN: Tell us about the first time you actually surfed.
MALIA WARD: The first time I caught a wave was when I was 6 at the San Clemente Pier. I never got over the exhilarating feeling that came over me. After that, surfing became me. Later down the line I dropped all other sports I did and went surfing because I felt free and found myself. Years later a lifestyle was created around my endless obsession and surfing turned into a direction in my life that has changed me forever.
RESiN: How long have you been surfing semi pro?
MALIA WARD: I have been surfing at the semi pro level since last season. I do the asp pro junior events and the surfing America prime.
RESiN: What wave haven’t you surfed yet but can’t wait to?
MALIA WARD: One wave I have been dying to surf is Cloudbreak, Fiji.
RESiN: What was the first huge trick you pulled?
MALIA WARD: The first huge trick that I pulled was a carving 360 and getting barreled 🙂
photo JAKE MAROTE
RESiN: Do you enjoy surfing competitions?
MALIA WARD: Surfing competitions for me are exciting and it feels good to have the opportunity to surf against other up and coming girls. It pushes me to improve and progress.
RESiN: Do you have any rituals before a competition?
MALIA WARD: Before a surfing competition some rituals I do that get me pumped up are listening to music, getting my heart rate up, and clearing my head to stay calm and focused.
RESiN: Do you have a particular strategy?
MALIA WARD: In a heat my strategy is to read the waves and watch a couple of heats before mine to recognize the swell pattern and then position myself where I can get the best waves in my heat. I try to get my top 2 waves in the beginning and continue to build my second wave score. Playing defense, I know how to stay on competitors and keep them from getting the opportunity to take my spot.
RESiN: Top 3 favorite surfers and why?
MALIA WARD: Carissa Moore, Chris Ward, and Anastasia Ashley.
Carissa Moore is one of my favorite because she has so much power in her surfing and is very humble. She has a sweet and positive attitude and she’s smart.
Anastasia Ashley is one of my favs because she not only rips but she is really good at promoting herself in social media and does much more outside of the surfing world. She is my inspiration as a model and a professional surfer.
And of course my dad Chris Ward will always be pinned down as my favorite surfer because his surfing is explosive and powerful. Anytime I see him surfing whether it’s at Pipe or Trestles, he has a
unique style that nobody else has and he’s unpredictable which makes his surfing so exciting.
RESiN: What is your favorite genre of Music? Name top 3
MALIA WARD: Rap, Reggae, and Dance.
RESiN: Share a moment that you were particularly proud of yourself?
MALIA WARD: A moment when I was particularly proud of myself was when I helped a little girl in the water. I pushed her into a wave and she was only like 7 and the smile on her face lit up. That made me so happy to inspire her in surfing. Inspiring her helped
me inspire myself.
RESiN: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
MALIA WARD: In five years I see myself surfing on the tour and traveling the world. Not just surfing but doing thing outside of surfing like helping and inspiring others. I see myself going to college and getting a good education as well as modeling.
RESiN: What do you do when not surfing, traveling or doing modeling shoots to promote yourself?
MALIA WARD: I spend my time playing guitar,
writing poems, drawing, hanging with friends and my kittens, and I love watching movies
RESiN: If you could drive any car anywhere, what car would you drive and where would you drive it?
MALIA WARD: I would drive a 1964 Nova and I would drive up north to Oregon, I hear its a beautiful drive and surf all the spots along the way.
Having some fun