Golden…

The North Shore’s Aaron Gold is an endangered species of wave rider: the competitive-surfer-shaper. Up in Pupukea hills, under the Gold Surfboard label, he builds guns for big surf hunting. The regular foot­— originally from the Big Island— has been shaping since he was 12. Whenever Phantoms— his favorite big wave on the North Shore—is firing, Gold opts for his trusty, self-shaped 10’2” or 9’6.” Thruster inventor Simon Anderson was the last competitive-surfer-shaper on tour and Gold is only competitor making his own boards on the Big Wave World Tour. He is currently seeking a sponsor’s support to offset travel expenses. Gold isn’t chasing the Big Wave Tour championship. Rather, he sees the contests as a necessary first step to achieving a lifelong goal: an invitation to the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, which he achieved this winter. His gromhood dream is to win The Eddie, like his hero and fellow Hilo boy Noah Johnson. Like Noah, Gold is a humble, underground big wave surfer with a blue collar. He works as a manager and caretaker for a 30-acre property in Pupukea, where he lives with his wahine and keiki.

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