Surf’s up for H.S.F. at Kealia contest

KEALIA — H.S.F. Kaua’i contest director Nelson Togioka was busy juggling many tasks yesterday at Kealia Beach, but that was a good sign, because after being postponed for a couple of weeks, the fourth competition of the season finally saw some good conditions.

“Things went smoothly. There were some minor glitches, but that’s to be expected,” Togioka said during the latter part of the contest.

In the girls 17-under contest, Alana Blanchard nailed down the win, followed by Malia Manuel, Courtney Cabral, Erika Steiner, Mia Melamed, and Kristen Steiner.

Koa Smith won the Menehune 11-under division, followed by Luke Hitchcock, Mana Medeiros, Kaoli Kahokulea, Kaikea Elias, and Christian Graham.

In the junior bodyboard division, Alfred Libunao took the top spot. Nainoa Thomas-Place, Travis Smith, Travis Iwata, James Gilleran, and Etienne Trillo rounded out the top six finishers.

Travis Smith took the boys bodyboard contest, over Pohaku Kekaualua and Anabelle Marvin. Dylan Goodale continued his recent hot streak, with a victory in the boys 12-14 contest, followed by Kaimana Jaquias, Luke Hitchcock, Spenser Kaplanis, Mana Medeiros, and Kaikea Elias.

In the junior men 15-17 competition, Alex Smith caught the best ride, followed by Tyler Newton, J.D. Irons, Spenser Kaplanis, Nathan Rex, and Britt Sanders. Gabriel Cope topped the women’s contest, with Courtney Cabral and Shaye Donnelly rounding out the top three.

Charlie Smith was the top finisher in the senior men’s competition, followed by Russell Lewis, Craig Balmores, and Dwayne Akau.

In the open men’s division, Tyler Newton stole the show, followed by Nathan Rex, Alex Smith, Kyle Ramey, Dylan Goodale, and Chris Foster.

The contest was sponsored by the YMCA, Deja Vu, and Split. The judges were Nathan Metzger, Tyrone Fitzpatrick, Aaron McKnight, Mike Hubbard, Jeremy Dout, and Jesse Evans.

The last regular season competition of the season heads to PK’s in Po’ipu on April 22-23. The State Championships are set for June 9-11 at Ala Moana Bowls. Check out their Web site at for more information.


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