Hawaiian Makua Rothman started off his new year as one of the featured celebrities at this year’s Sony Open Pro-Am at the famed Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. Representing Hawaii, Makua played alongside professional golfer Hideto Tanihara. Makua played in between the waiting periods for several competitions including the Eddie Aikua Invitational, the Backdoor Shootout, and the World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championships.
Rothman, 24, will seek to defend his title in the televised Mormaii Pe'ahi World Cup Tow-In Surfing Championship with partner Ikaika Kalama this month; a championship they won last year with what is officially the final event of the 2008/2009 surfing season.
The two shared the first place purse and received the coveted championship belts. As with any surfing event, this year's competition will begin when the waves are right. The field of entrants is on hold in the meantime.