Zeke Lau in one word: power.
A Hawaiian warrior if ever there was one, Ezekiel Lau is a recent graduate of the Kamehameha Schools on Oahu, an education program offered only to children of Hawaiian ancestry (their mascot is the Warriors). Zeke’s middle name, given to him by his great-grandfather, is Kekoamaikalanimai, which means “warrior from the heavens.” That said, the islands can’t wait to see him step onto the world stage and do battle.
Winning the 2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing is a step in the right direction. He’s a four-time NSSA National Champion, as well as the winner of a slew of ASP World Qualifying events. But one gets the feeling that he’s just getting started. 2015 saw him at no. 19 on the QS, his best finish yet.
“I hung back and finished school, but now I’m going to get after it,” says Zeke.
That statement alone should send shivers down the spine of every pro on tour. Zeke’s built like an NFL linebacker and comes complete with all the rail-gouging power. But after a lifetime in the water in Hawaii and traveling to compete, his mind game is strong. He has the understanding of heat strategy to carry him through those tight heats. And when the surf’s not pumping his aerial repertoire is as top shelf as his hacks.
In the words of Zeke, “Game on.”