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Maria Maria "Bela" Souza

  • Where I live: Maui, Hawaii
  • Where I'm from: Recife, Brazil


Sport Interests: All ocean sports: surfing, tow-in, standup paddling, tandem surfing, canoe paddling, kite surfing, wind surfing, foil boarding, etc.

How I got started surfing: I was born in front of the ocean, entered a surfing contest for fun, and fell in love with the adrenaline.

Athletic achievements: First women to do tow-in and to surf Jaws, first female tow-in team, first woman team to crossed the Molokai-Oahu 32 mile Channel, compete in canoe paddling every year.

Athletic goals: Serve as an inspiration to all women and R&D physical optimum conditioning and sports equipment to all of us.

Inspiration: God, my mother and my daughter.

Philosophy: Wake up and go to bed with a smile, been thankful for life and love.

Favorite spot to do my sport: Ocean, no matter where or how big.

Favorite Girls4Sport wear: Styling rash guards.

What I do when I’m not in the water:  I'm a proud mother, love to spend time with my family, fishing tandem surfing, and surfing. My job: Personal trainer to all ocean sports enthusiastic and I also organize parties.

Education: Life, marketing and physical education.

Interesting/unusual facts about me: I love to meditate and do yoga. I spend time upside down everyday.

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   Maria at Peahi-Hawaii
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    Maria towing partner Andrea into Peahi
Maria's mother and daughter fishing
   Maria's mother and daughter fishing
Maria and Kawika tandem surfing
   Maria and Kawika tandem surfing
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    Photo by Nicole Sanchez
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  Photo by Nicole Sanchez
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