Goodale does it under the radar

When it comes to free surfing, Lihu‘e’s Matt Goodale is just as good as anyone on the island, but he’ll never let you tell him that.

Goodale, who spent most of his life in Idaho, recently returned to Kaua‘i to form his own computer network consulting and Web application development business called W3 Design & Development (

Despite putting his surfing days on hold in the great midwest, Goodale utilized the time away to appreciate the warm confines of Kaua‘i.

His mom lives on the Big Island, along with his brother and sister, but it doesn’t end there, as his roots remain deeply planted on the Garden Isle.

Goodale’s grandfather, Holbrook or Hobie, is an island treasure and could tell you all about the history of the island in one day.

Matt’s father Kawika and brother Dylan live on the North Shore and are also active watermen.

Over the past year, Goodale enjoyed the great surf around the island, but it got pretty expensive when he severed five of his surfboards.

“They all cost around $500, so it does suck, but that won’t stop me from going out,” Goodale said.

His favorite spots are on the North Shore and he’s often seen taking his younger brother Dylan and his friends to their favorite spots as well.

Owning his own business has allowed him to take a day or two off to enjoy the surf, especially during the winter months.

And even when he has to work, he still finds at least an hour out of his schedule to surf, which makes him a true waterman.

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