My dad always said he surfed better than me. I hated him, so that’s why I got to be better than him.
Matt Warshaw interviewed Kaipo Jaquias in 1993. Quotes from the interview were used in “Kauai Boy: Kaipo Jaquias” a profile from the May 1994 issue of SURFER. Jaquias was 22.
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You grew up on the east side of Kauai?
Yeah, in Lihui and Hanamalu.
What was that like?
I came from the ghetto; the Hawaiian ghetto. I grew up in a house where you could see through the floor, down to the ground. I had a hard life growing up. A lot of conflict. My Dad’s this local guy, kind of crazy; lots of dr...