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The Most Influential Women In Surf

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Kelia Moniz

Photograph By Heff/A-Frame

Like Rell Sunn before her, Kelia Moniz is grace and beauty on a surfboard defined. Born into one of Hawaii's most respected surfing families, from early on there was little doubt what path she would take in life. An ASP Women's World Longboard Champion, the easygoing girl from the South Shore is affectionately known as "Sister" by her family and friends.

"I think the only thing behind the whole nickname is that I'm like a sister to not only my brothers, but to a lot of friends," Moniz says with a smile. "And my name can be a little difficult for people to remember and pronounce, so 'Sister' just works for everyone. I love it."