Maui’s Rising Surf Star: Jackson Bunch
The Valley Isle is no stranger to some of Hawaiʻi’s greatest surfers. But a new generation is emerging that is pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished at a young age. One of the front runners of this new school is Jackson Bunch.
Hailing from Pāʻia, Jackson’s skill and keen awareness of the ocean are well beyond his years. At the young age of 12, he already holds several state and national titles along with his photo being featured in magazines around the globe. His charisma and personality reflect that of a well polished professional athlete with the spirit of aloha. He seems mature beyond his years and understands that surfing can be more than just his favorite pastime, but also a career that can be filled with both excitement and longevity.
About to embark into his teenage years and judging by his already well accomplished resume, Jackson shows no signs of slowing down as he readies himself to add some more victory trophies in his bedroom. Maui Now recently caught up with Jackson to see what’s next for the young competitor.
How old were you when you started surfing?
JB: I was four when I started surfing by myself but my dad has taken me surfing since I was a baby.
Where did you grow up surfing and who taught you?
JB: I grew up surfing Hoʻokipa, and learned from all of the uncles at the beach and my dad. I also got awesome coaching from Matt Kinoshita, Rainos Hayes, Jason Shibata and Dave Riddle.
What do you feel are some of your biggest accomplishments as a surfer?
JB: My biggest accomplishments have been the NSSA Hawaiʻi State title, 3x Hawaiʻi conference champion NSSA, NSSA National title and the Volcom TCT World champion title. I also was very lucky to get the cover of Freesurf magazine.
What are your future goals?
JB: I’m looking forward to traveling around the world and meeting new friends. Winning on the next level – Pro Jr’s and the QS (qualifying series). Covers shots, awesome edits and big barrels.
What do you have planned for this summer?
JB: This summer is going to be full of national contests in California and a couple amazing trips possibly to Indonesia and Japan.
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Song: Down the Waterline by Dire Straights