Makaukai (Makua) Rothman, born June 17, 1984 on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, is an up-and-coming big wave rider and professional surfer.
Makua Rothman is the son of Eddie Rothman, founder of “Da Hui.” Da Hui, consisting of native Hawaiians (although Eddie Rothman is Jewish), was established in the '70s purportedly as a reaction to the tourists who were traveling to Hawaii and were not respectful of the culture and surf etiquette of the North Shore of Oahu. At a young age Makua surfed with his father, who pushed Makua to surf waves much bigger than those his peers were surfing. Makua’s also attributes his surfing prowess in large waves to his size as a youth. Because he was slightly overweight growing up, Makua wasn’t as agile as some of his peers and catching smaller, less powerful waves was difficult for him. Bigger, more powerful waves better suited his surfing, and Makua was quick to push the limits at a young age, surfing famous big-wave spots like Sunset Beach and Pipeline.
Makua also suffered from asthma as a child, a health issue potentially detrimental to someone who is surfing, a sport where breathing and holding one’s breath are fundamentally important. However, Makua