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Keiki Surf Holds Final Meet of the Summer

Community Contributed

By Minka Nelson and Peter Angelsea

Saturday, July 9 was a perfect day for the final Keiki Surf Meet because the tide was rising for most of the morning, pushing in waves with one to two foot faces. Several new faces arrived for the final meet, as well as some old friends who moved off-island a few years ago. It was a chance for everyone to enjoy the ocean together and show off skills and tricks.

The 6-and-under surfers hit the water first to show their stuff. Several non-swimmers stood up on their surfboards for the first time and rode to the waiting arms of a family member. It is amazing to see how these babies love the water and how well they can balance.

The 7-and-8 division followed and did their thing with style! Next was the 9- and-10-year-olds, most of whom were able to catch their own waves. Finally, it was time for the big kids to see who would get the best waves. Most of them were catching their own waves too, and paddled back out as fast as they could in a race against the clock.

The volunteer judges watched carefully to see who caught their own waves and how each child did on the rides. It can be hard because three or four kids can be surfing one wave at the same time. Two surfers in the 7-and-8 division ended in a tie for third place, so a “surf-off” was held for the first time in several years. These two surfers were put head-to-head in a 10-minute heat.

Trophies and prizes were laid out after the meet and the kids had a hard time keeping their hands off. A pulewas offered in thanks for the great day, good sportsmanship and wonderful food.

While everyone ate lunch the surfers were called up by division and awarded goodie bags filled with stickers, hats, T-shirts and other great prizes. Four surfboards and four body boards were given out, as well as trophies for first through fourth place in each division. Every surfer got prizes, applause and photos of their proud smiles. Long-time supporters Don and Lavone Pahia hand-delivered two boxes of prizes from Quiksilver on Oahu to encourage the surfers and share in the fun.

Keep surfing keiki and we’ll see you next summer!

Results

Divisions                 MEET 1  MEET 2  MEET 3    TOTAL POINTS  RANK        
6 & Under                    
Kailani Bicoy                  1000       1000       860          2860        1          
Kristen Oswald               860          730           0          1590        2    
Kauwila Lopez-Aglian      0         860           610           1470        3  
Khloe Bicoy                    200       670       555             1425        4
Kahula Kahokuloa          0           0         1000             1000        5         
Matthew McGuire            200       200       555              955          6           
Donovan Bicoy               200       200           500          900          7               
Kanikaio Inciong            0           0           730             730          8
Leedan Lorico-Place        0       200           500             700          9
Kamele Kahokuloa         0           0           670             670         10    
La’akea Inciong             0           0           610             610         11
Kaipu Kahokuloa            0           0           500             500         12
Ivan Yap                       0           0           500             500         12
Waiikaika                      200            0          0             200         13

7&8 Divison                    
Keeya Bicoy                  1000     1000          860        2860           1    
Tylea Cuello                  610       730          610         1950           2         
Jonny Lopez-Agliam       610       555          730         1895           3    
Alex Mawae                   670       670          555         1895           4    
Slater Oswald                860       860              0         1720           5
Kamalani Adolpho          730       610         0             1340           6
Beverly Ludgate             555           0          555        1110           7    
Virtuous Kaahanui          0           0        1000            1000           8
Kukiai Kaopio                0           0          670             670            9     
Sirius Lumin                  0       610              0             610            10        
Miracle Kaahanui            0           0          610             610            10

S9&10 Division                    
Kanalu Lopez-Agliam      860    1000       1000            2860           1
Kelsey-Lee Bicoy            1000      730         610          2340           2
Marlina Pupuhi-Kamai     555      860         860           2275           3    
Kaeo Waits                    670      555         730           1955           4    
Waiohinu Cuello             730      555             0           1285           5    
Michelle Mcguire             488      583         670           1741            6  
Josie Mawae                  488     488         555             1531           7            
Kaydence-Lee Oswald     555     730            0              1285           8
Rafael Adolpho              610      610            0             1220           9
Ioana Ludgate               555          0    500                 1055         10
Heavenly Kaahanui         0          0        600                 600          11   
Elkan Bishaw                  583          0        0                 583          12        
Kalena Vaivai                 0      555            0                  555         13            

                    
11&12 Divison                    
Noah Archuleta               860          860      860              2580      1           
Decker Bicoy                  1000          730      730            2460       2
Hojo Pou                        0         1000        1000            2000       3
Lelia Cuello                    730           610      555            1895       4    
Kilikea Lopez                  0           670          610            1280      5
Barbara Ludgate            670               0      500             1170       6                
Sage Perez                    0            610         555             1165      7
Anela Montemayor          0               0          670             670       8
Kahanu Kaahanui            0               0           610            610       9

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