Jaquias, Kaipo


Compact regularfoot pro from Hanamaulu, Kauai, Hawaii; world-ranked #5 in 1996; described by 1990 women's world champion Pam Burridge as "a perfect little surfer."

Jaquias was born (1971) and raised in a rough section of Lihue, on the east side of Kauai, and began surfing at age four. Jaquias later claimed that he trained to become a professional mainly to outsurf his father (just 16 when Kaipo was born) who "forced me into surfing, and forced me into big waves when I didn't want to go out." Jaquais himself became a father at age 21.

Over the course of a 10-year pro tour career (1990 to 1999), Jaquias won two events (the Gold Coast Billabong Pro and the Lacanau Pro, both in 1996), as well as the 1996 Triple Crown, surfing throughout in a fast, stable, low-slung stance. "Balance is his thing," fellow Hawaiian pro Derek Ho remarked. "I don't know if anybody has Kaipo's kind of balance." He decided to leave the pro tour, Jaquias said, when he realized that he found "more joy at at home watching my son play soccer than winning a surf contest."

Jaquias kept a lower profile than any of his professional contemporaries, but did appear in a few surf videos, including Madmen '93: Changing of the Guard (1993) and Modern Legends in Hawaiian Surf (1994).

Kaimana Jaquias, Kaipo's son, who didn't start surfing until age nine, won the Open Mens' division of the 2011 NSSA Nationals.