It’s all good for ‘Goodale’

It’s certainly been a banner year for Kilauea’s Dylan Goodale, who’s rising to the top of his age division with ease.

The 14-year-old ripper is currently leading his age group in the Hawaiian Surfing Federation, (HSF) Kaua‘i division.

And he continued his torrid pace to the top with a win in the 14-and-under division for the Volcom Pufferfish Series.

“You couldn’t ask for better conditions, with partly cloudy skies and a clean 2-3 foot swell,” a contest organizer said.

Other first-place finishers in the competition included Malia Manuel (girls), Britt Sanders (junior men), and Gavin Gillette (open men). Titus Kanehe took the airshow contest. Full results can be found in the scoreboard on page B2.

Everyone, from the tiniest of groms to the WQS tour-hardened veterans, were vying for a slot in the Volcom Qualifying Series World Championships.

The VQS consists of separate qualifiers in regional areas from Hawai‘i, California, Texas, the East Coast, Puerto Rico, Canada, and international locations.

Each event has four separate divisions to choose from: girls (all ages), groms 14-and-under, junior 15-17, and the men’s pro-am.

In the pro-am division, prize money ($500) is awarded to finalists without having to pay an entry fee.

All contests have tons of prizes for finalists, and giveaways, including surfboards, snowboards, skateboards, bicycles, video games, watches, sun glasses and backpacks from Volcom and other supporting companies.

The top five finishers in each division in each area will qualify to compete in Volcom’s Totally Crustaceous Tour (Volcom Qualifying Series World Championships) to be held in Newport Beach from May 12-14.

• Kathy Graham contributed to this report.

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