Growing up on Maui, surfing quickly became his way of life. However, his career came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with a rare and crippling form of arthritis at 18. Simply walking was painful, and he was told he might never surf again.
Braiden defied the odds, and he can now spend countless hours on his board. He also loves to capture and show these authentic moments that he will never take for granted again. Whether on the water or at home editing footage, Braiden is driven by his passion and creativity.
HOMESPOT: Ironwoods (Oneloa) Beach in Hawaii.
FAVORITE MOVE: Alley-oop and Tubes!
DREAM WAVE: Indonesia, or home on a windy day with no one else surfing. I try to avoid crowds, so anywhere without too many people is great.
3 REASONS TO GO SURFING: Mental health, creativity, happiness. Those three things keep me coming back to surfing.
INSPIRATION: Anyone creating cool things, or looking at life with a cool perspective. From music to art to surfing, if you found your own lane, I support it!
FAVORITE MEAL: Mexican or Thai food! Hard to go past those.
“ Whether on the water or at home editing footage, Braiden is driven by his passion and creativity. ”
Can you tell us a bit more about your passion for surfing?
Surfing keeps me alive! Mental health is big nowadays, so being able to be surrounded by nature for most of my days is so helpful. It allows me to express all my creativity out on the water, and then back home when editing and making films with my footage. It encapsulates my life perfectly!
You just won the lottery, what would you do first?
Invest a portion in Property’s NFT and Bitcoin! Then fund the rest of my travels to make an insane surf movie!
Indonesia hopefully whenever the borders open! Otherwise, Mexico or France!
“ Surfing keeps me alive! ”
What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced?
Anytime I get to surf by myself in above-average waves, it’s like a spiritual experience of being connected to the ocean. It’s hard to beat!
What are you doing during a day without wave?
I try to stretch and recover. I also organize footage I collected over the last swells. Driving RC cars is pretty fun too!