One of Maui’s token female big wave surfers, Paige Alms is self-taught and self motivated. A jack-of-all-trades, the twenty-seven year old maintains a career in surfing by working. A lot. Odd jobs like ding repair, house painting, construction work, surf lessons, catering, and working at a local restaurant, all supply Paige with the funds to travel, compete and surf. When this down-to-earth female isn’t surfing or working, or doing intensive physical training at her local gym Deep Relief Athletic Training Center, you can find her making art, cooking, being creative, organic gardening, or planning her next travel adventure.
Born on the island of Victoria B.C. Canada, Paige Alms relocated to the warmer island of Maui when she was 9 years old after traveling the entire breadth of Australia in a van with her mom. Ho‘okipa became her stomping grounds at age 10 and by the age of 15, Paige’s first big wave session had her instantly hooked. “I was 14 or 15 and it was to an outer reef here (on Maui). I was with Chris Vandervoort, who took me out on his borrowed 9-0 and I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was hooked from that day forward,” the regular-footer recounts.
It's no surprise that Pe'ahi is where this athlete honed the skills for riding mountains, having the famous big wave spot only five minutes from her house. She has been nominated four years in a row at the XXL Awards and recently won the "Women's Best Overall Performance" for the 2014-15 season after an impressive winter performance that ended with an insane barrel at Jaws. Alms was also nominated for an ESPY Award, for "Best Female Action Sports Athlete". She continues to push herself to ride the biggest waves possible alongside her peers and hopes by doing so she can inspire other people to push their limits and live their dreams!
Alms has a documentary that will be launching on iTunes on April 29th, "The Wave I Ride", check out the trailer at thewaveiride.com.