This spring, SUP magazine editor Joe Carberry visited Hawaii, collecting a series of interviews with some of the best paddlers on the islands. Here, we sit down with Dave Kalama as he talks about overcoming injury, wanting to win back his Molokai title, surf trips and making a living from the waterman lifestyle.

The interview is peppered with grainy footage of Kalama ripping his new designs (he recently signed on as VP of design for Imagine Surf, just after this was filmed). The interview comes just days before the annual Molokai 2 Oahu Championships, one of the sport’s toughest and most revered races.