Barron Mamiya always knew he would qualify for the Championship Tour. He had faith his time would come. He just didn’t think it would happen in 2022.
Mamiya, 22, grew up on Oahu’s fabled North Shore, surfing every day after school with his dad. When he was six, he entered a local Menehune contest in Haleiwa and was hooked on the idea of competitive surfing. The usual drain of qualifying events followed.