After the final horn blew at the NSSA Regional Championships, held March18-20 at Pine Trees, Hanalei Kauai, team Rip Curl collectively held six championship titles. Perhaps it was the homecourt advantage, or maybe it was because these four Kauai upstarts flat out blow up, but Rip Curl’s Kauai team owned this event.
Fresh out of Rip Curl’s Elite Grom Surfing Camp held in Australia, Kyle Ramey blazed through all competition in the Open Men’s and Explorer Men’s, earning first place honors in both. The light-footed regular foot slashed his way past the likes of Clay Marzo, Casey Brown, and Rip Curl International GromSearch Champ – Mason Ho.
Rip Curl’s hottest up-and-coming mini-grom defied expectations of merely dominating his division, as he not only smashed opponents in the Open Mini-Grom division, but he also captured victory in Open Boys. Spectators reported seeing Koa not only throwing it on rail, but also finding numerous shacks in the mixed up peaks of Pine Trees.
The winning attitude must be a genetic thing, because Koa’s big bro Alex Smith found winning form in the Explorer Boys division. Alex surfed his home break as he does in his free surfs: confident, smooth, and flashy.
It’s been a non-stop competitive dream for Hanalei’s 15-year old prodigy Alana Blanchard. Within days after capturing the first ever Women’s Banzai Pipeline Championship, the natural footer found her usual dominant form to emerge victorious in the Explorer Women’s division.
With victories in the Regional Championships, these four amateur terrors have their eyes set on the 2005 NSSA National Title, which will be held at San Clemente’s Lower Trestles in late June. Stay tuned to see if these fab four do it again on the national stage!