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Hawaii Rooted: Healing Through Surfing

By January 3, 2018 4 Comments



Dustin Tester, one of the first women to surf Peahi (Jaws), empowers women through surfing on the western shores of Maui.

Maui Surfer Girls Founder Dustin is a surfing pioneer. She was a member of the first all-woman tow-team to surf Peahi, also known as Jaws, on Maui’s North Shore. She calls it, “The Mount Everest of big wave surfing.” On her first wave, she was whipped into a 25-foot monster. It was one of the most exhilarating rides of her life.

When she was nine years old, she was uprooted from her home on Maui. Her mom moved her to California, which was very difficult, and she lost her dad and everything she knew. It was when Dustin came back to Maui and became more of a surfer in high school, when she really discovered her identity. She feels that the hardships she had during her teenage years and growing up on Maui contributed greatly to starting Maui Surfer Girls.

For her, surfing is an amazing and empowering sport that she loves to share. It’s a spiritual connection with the ocean, and there’s always some therapeutic aspect to surfing waves. At her surf camp, she’s giving women and girls the opportunity to connect with their bodies and their spirits to feel the healing mana (spiritual power) of the ocean.

Discover more of Dustin’s #HawaiiRooted story at https://www.gohawaii.com/hawaii-rooted/Dustin-Tester

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