Whether you’ve seen him shredding in the water or down at the Waialua Sugar Mill visiting his shop Island X Hawai’i (where you can grab one of his famous coffees!), you know that Bill is THE MAN! Bill has been a long time member of the AccesSurf community and has also competed in many adaptive surfing contests on the Hawai’i Adaptive Surf Team. He also helped get beach mats installed at several north shore beaches for easier access. We are so honored to recognize this hard working family man.
Let’s hear it from Bill himself…
Tell us a little about yourself?
Bill Martin, 57 years old, originally from Hilton Head Island , South Carolina. My wife Reba and I run a family store at the Old Waialua Sugar Mill called Island X Hawaii. We specialize in roasting and serving 100% Waialua Coffee, Waialua Cacao and Chocolate, all-natural shave ice, boba teas and smoothies as well as a host of other “made in Hawaii” goodies. For fun, I love surfing…of course, swimming, playing golf and spending time with my family.
How and when did you hear about AccesSurf?
I think I first learned about AccesSurf from their participation in the Duke Kahanamoku Ocean Festivals.
What does AccesSurf mean to you?
When I think of AccesSurf, I immediately think of all the amazingly positive and selfless volunteers who give so much of their time and aloha to make this amazing organization so special.
What is your favorite memory at AccesSurf?
My favorite memory was watching my good friend and team member Buster Kawasaki catch and complete a beautiful solid winning wave in the last seconds of his heat. This was at the Haleiwa International Amateur Contest last year at Ali’i Beach on Oahu’s North Shore. I will never forget the cheer from the crowd on the beach and the giant smile on Buster’s face.
Any last words for the AccesSurf community?
I would really like to say Mahalo to all the volunteers and staff at AccesSurf for all that they do to bring happiness to the numerous families and participants of the program. “AccesSurf is Aloha”