The First Family of Nicaraguan Surfing
I met Manny Resano seven years ago on the cliff above Maverick’s. Over the next few years, I watched Manny’s reputation grow by leaps and bounds in the big-wave community. Manny and his wife Berri raised their three daughters — Valentina, Candelaria and Maxima — in a remote corner of Nicaragua. Manny lived and breathed surf, and his daughters soon followed in his footsteps.
Manny knew that if his daughters were to have any chance at professional surfing careers, they’d have to start training young, when they were still small children. Soon, the Resano family was traveling the world together — Mexico, South America, the U. When Manny talks about his family, you can hear the pride in his voice. When she was 16, Valentina wanted to focus on her education, so the family moved with her to Encinitas, CA, where she spent the next two years finishing high school with outstanding grades, even earning a full scholarship to a university in New York.
“As I’ve grown up, I’ve had to make a lot more choices and commit to a certain path,” she says. A couple years behind her older sister, “Cande” is probably the best-equipped of the three to make it as a professional surfer, and that is her goal. When it comes to the youngest, Maxima, Manny admits that she’s “focusing more on surfing than education” right now, but at only 13, she’s “still figuring out what her passions are. Despite the fact that this will be the first year that the girls won’t all be together at the ISA Worlds, the oldest of the bunch doesn’t see it as the end of an era.
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