|Pictured: Puamakamae DeSoto exploded onto the scene with her wildcard entry into the Michelob Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger and now looks for more. Credit: WSL/ Brent Bielmann
Puamakamae DeSoto, daughter of 2010 World Longboard Champion Duane DeSoto, is one of Oahu’s most promising up-and-comers. With recent success at Bowls on the amateur level, plus a last-minute wildcard into the 2021 Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger, Desoto is on track to further her career at a venue she knows well.
“Competing at home is an honor and privilege,” said DeSoto. “Every time I surf I’m honoring my ancestors and the genealogy of surfing. When I get to compete at home it allows me to share the experience with my ‘ohana, community and all of the keiki of Hawai’i with the hopes of exciting the future generations of Native Hawaiian surfers.”
Noa Mizuno above the Bowl: Image Keoki