NSSA/RVCA Hawaii Regional Champs Decided

March 24, 2008 : – – After three days of competition at Kewalo Basin, the grounds cleared out from the 120 plus competitors surfing in the spring break National Scholastic Surfing Association Hawaii Regional Championships sponsored by RVCA.

With the awards party on Wednesday night, March 19th, 200 plus competitors, parents and sponsors showed up at Dave and Buster’s in the Ward Village Centre for a unique year ending banquet which featured food, awards and special honors for the future of Hawaiian surfing.

Top honors this year went to Granger Larsen from Lahaina, Maui winning the prestigious Open Men division, while the Open Women was taken with no surprise by Alessa Quizon, who has dominated the scene for both the Women and Girls divisions all season.

What made this year’s regional and awards ceremony so unique was the support Hawaii’s professional surfers gave by showing up at the contest and supporting surfers with funding for travel and entry fee support.

Support included air travel and entry fees to deserving competitors for their display of sportsmanship, hard work and grades by professionals including Flynn Novak, Kekoa Cazimero, Rory Parker, Mikala Jones, Jason Shibata, Titus Kinimaka, Dustin Barca, Mikey Bruneau, Makuakai Rothman, as well as Turk Cazimero and Fred Patacchia.

Kauai surfer-artist also donated to beautiful painting to Bobbi Lee, NSSA Hawaii director, which helped cap a great awards ceremony to a solid regional finish. Powers added a message to the youthful surfers, telling them that you can utilize your surfing to expand into a world outside of becoming a professional surfer if applied right.

Of course, Powers success as an artist is through his creativity as an avid surfer. As for the long night of awards and qualifications, from here surfers get ready to compete in the NSSA National competition in San Clemente at Lower Trestles in June.

Mahalo to the annual supporters of the NSSA Hawaii Conference.

Xcel Wetsuits, Vans “Off the Wall”, Smith Optics, Kalani Robb, Kemper Hawaii Trust, Jason Nalu Bogle Grant, Honu Group, Surfco Hawaii, Freestyle Watches, Surfing Magazine, Heavywater.

2008 HAWAII REGIONAL CHAMPS RESULTS

OPEN MENS
1. Granger Larsen
2. Billy Kemper
3. Albee Layer
4. Kai Barger

OPEN WOMENS
1. Alessa Quizon
2. Nage Melamed
3. Monyca Byrne-Wickey
4. Malia Manuel

OPEN JUNIORS
1. Tanner Hendrickson
2. Ezekiel Lau
3. John John Florence
4. Keanu Asing
5. Matty Costa
6. Makana Eleogram

OPEN BOYS
1. Koa Smith
2. Ian Gentil
3. Luke Hitchcock
4. Kain Daly
5. Makai McNamara
6. Seth Moniz

OPEN MINI GROMS
1. Imaikalani DeVault
2. Kalani David
3. Kaulana Apo
4. Seth Moniz
5. Pierre Graham
6. Kona Olivira

OPEN LONGBOARD
1. Ka’oli Kahokuloa
2. Bullet Obra
3. D.K. Walsh
4. Michael Sturat
5. Kazuma Saita
6. Shaun Walsh

EXPLORER MENS
1. Kai Barger
2. John John Florence
3. Dylan Goodale
4. Granger Larsen
5. Albee Layer
6. Alex Smith

EXPLORER JUNIORS
1. John John Florence
2. Levi Gonzales
3. Granger Larsen
4. Tyler Newton
5. Albee Layer
6. Alex Smith

EXPLORER BOYS
1. Kaimana Jaquias
2. Keanu Asing
3. Ezekiel Lau
4. Luke Hitchcock
5. Makai McNamara
6. Matty Costa

EXPLORER MENEHUENES
1. Seth Moniz
2. Luke Hitchcock
3. Makai McNamara
4. Koa Smith
5. Joshua Moniz
6. Ian Gentil

EXPLORER WOMENS
1. Coco Ho
2. Leila Hurst
3. Alessa Quizon
4. Nage Melamed
5. Monyca Bryne-Wickey
6. Alisha Gonsalves

EXPLORER GIRLS
1. Leila Hurst
2. Alessa Quizon
3. Nage Melamed
4. Alisha Gonsalves
5. Kelia Moniz
6. Malia Manuel

EXPLORER LONGBOARD
1. Bullet Obra
2. Kazuma Saita
3. D.K. Walsh
4. Shaun Walsh5. Michael Sturat

EXPLORER MASTERS
1. Christian Budroe
2. Scott Shimoda
3. Dale Sabate

EXPLORER SENIORS
1. Dale Sabate
2. Eric Olson
3. Christian Budroe
4. Bryan Suratt
5. Raymond Shito

EXPLORER SUPER SENIORS
1. Raymond Shito