Aloha! Kolaiah ‘Fuzzy’ Jardine joins the Liquid Militia Team!
Let’s get to know more about our newest addition to our Liquid Militia Ohana:
Hawai’ian waterman Kolaiah Jardine , known as ‘Fuzzy’, has the ocean running through his veins. Hailing from Waimanalo, Hawai’i his connection to the islands to the sea is part of his ancestral roots. Fuzzy was raised by his Kupuna’s (grandparents) Alvin and Rebecca Jardine on the Big Island of Hawaii.
His understanding of a simple life was taught to him by his Tutu Kane and Tutu Wahine. (Grandpa and Grandma). They had no electric or telephone and lived off the land and the ocean.
“My Father Kimo Miranda a well known Elite waterman has been a significant influence in my life. Having my Uncle Dino Miranda as a mentor whom has established himself in the surfing industry also molded me into the waterman I am today.” Says Fuzzy
Where it all began: ‘From the moment I was pushed into my first wave by my mother Lei at the age of 6 I knew right then that the ocean would consume most of my waking days.’ Fuzzy has pursued his early origins and put them into motion at various surf related sports, such as body boarding, surfing and Standup Paddle Surfing.
Play it forward: “I was intrigued by the dynamics of this sport. Having a back ground in canoe paddling I was really interested to see the blend of these two sports. Each sport offers many challenges and to bring the two together really makes for the ultimate challenge.” states Jardine.
Nowadays Jardine is placing all of his knowledge passed down to him by some of the surf industries most prominent figures and blending it with his cultural background as a Hawaiian Waterman.
‘I’m in pursuit of mastering my newest challenge, standup paddle surfing. Developing my skill in standup surfing in breaks like Waikiki, Diamond Head and Makaha beach has led me currently to my greatest and most successful feat, Waimea Bay. As a Hawaiian in a dying culture I was taught to pass down all of your mau manao nui (All my important knowledge) to the keiki O Hawaii (Children of). Na Kama Kai (children of the sea) which is a local non-profit organization allows me the opportunity to do my part as a Hawaiian and give back adds Fuzzy.
This unique program takes skilled waterman and puts on a free once a month clinic that teaches cultural and ocean awareness to the less fortunate keiki (Kids) of Hawaii. “For me my journey has just begun and there are no guarantees to where my future will take me, the only guarantee I set for myself is that I will give 110% effort in all that I do.”
Welcome to the Liquid Militia team Kolaiah! Mahalo
CHECK OUT FUZZY’S RIDER PROFILE.
Photos Complements of: Scott Sakamoto Photography.