Zack Arreola was presented the 2002 – 03 Surfer of the Year award at a special luncheon held recently at the Duke’s Canoe Club in Nawiliwili, where contest director Nelson Togioka and veteran contest judge Tyrone Fitzpatrick were on hand to review the guidelines for the 100 Kaua‘i members who attended the event.
Surfing since 16, Arreola has accomplished numerous feats, winning the State Championship title in the Open Men’s Short Board Division, and placing third in the Junior Men’s Short Board division during the 2002 – 03 season.
Following the family’s lineage of championship surfers, Arreola’s grandfather was the legendary James “Tally Ho” Blears, and his uncles include Jimmy Blears, who won the world contest held in California in 1972, and Clinton Blears, who won the HSA State Championship in 1974.
“We are very proud to be affiliated with the Hawai‘i Surfing Federation, said Duke’s Kaua‘i general manager Jaime Arreola. “Surfing is a lifestyle that depicts Old Hawai‘i and the ways of our ancestors and we salute HSF for continuing this legacy with the new generation of Hawai‘i’s youth.”
Hawai‘i Surfing Federation is dedicated to promoting amateur competition among the surfing and body-boarding youth of Hawai‘i. As part of Hawai‘i Amateur Surfing Association, HSF organizes contests at different Kaua‘i locales.
Competitors gaining enough overall points for the year qualify for the Hawai‘i state championships, in which 12 of the highest-ranking competitors are chosen to participate in the prestigious Hawai‘i World Surfing Team every two years, competing in worldwide events.
For more information about the HSF, contact 338-1952.