XOXO Event Teaches Young Surfer Girls to Dream Big

January 17, 2016, 5:35 PM HST · Updated January 17, 6:21 PM
Meteorologist Malika Dudley · 0 Comments

Surfer Girl tandems with professional big wave surfer, Paige Alms

Surfer girl tandems with professional big wave surfer, Paige Alms

The third annual “XOXO” event took place at Launiupoko today.

More than 30 girls participated in the event meant to encourage young girls to pursue their dreams while also learning to surf and standup paddle alongside some of Maui’s top female professional waterwomen.

Third Annual XOXO Maui Event

Third Annual XOXO Maui Event

Among the pros, big wave surfer Paige Alms, windsurfer and waterwoman Ashley Baxter and surfer Kelly Potts.

Kelly says her mission is to “provide young girls on Maui the opportunity to learn surfing, and through surfing help them learn about themselves, how great they are, and how great they can become.”


Maui Now’s Malika Dudley interviewed Paige Alms about the event and even got a couple questions in about this weekend’s massive swell at Pe’ahi “Jaws”. See video interview below.


Meteorologist Malika Dudley
Malika was born and raised in Hilo. She began her career in news at KGMB9 in 2007. As a part of the Hawaii News Now weather team, Malika was nominated for two Emmy Awards for excellence in weather reporting and won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award for her reporting on Hawaii’s tsunami damage in 2011. In 2019, Malika was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter in the category of Science Reporting for her Big Island Now news report on what was happening beneath the sea surface at the ocean entry of the Puna lava flow.  

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