HOMETOWN: San Clemente, California
Malia Ward is the daughter of pro surfer Chris Ward and fitness model Jacqueline Miller, and spent a large part of her youth in the ocean. Growing up with her mother, Ward lived a lifestyle filled with travel whilst competing on the junior circuit as a teenager, being an all-round athlete and an A-grade student. Upon graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Southern California and studied communications, and was on the USC Surf Team as well as a valued member of the entrepreneurship minor program. In between surfing and studying, she pursued a budding commercial and theatrical acting career, and also played tennis.