Kelis Kaleopa’a and Kaniela Stewart Lead the Rankings
Kaniela Stewart (HAW) had an incredible win in El Salvador that pushed him to the top of the men’s rankings heading into Malibu. Stewart is the 2022 World Title runner-up and will return to one of the world’s best point breaks ready for redemption and to fend off the world’s best.
“I’m super stoked on getting the No. 1 seed. It’s always the best seat to sit in right there,” said Stewart. “Being No. 1, you get to watch, to feel it as they fight to get to you, and I’m stoked on that. Me and Kai (Sallas) have been working on changing little things in the boards to get the perfect board for Malibu. Hopefully, we get some waves, and everyone will probably be surfing so well, so I can’t wait. Hopefully, I get that Title and bring it back home to Hawaii.”