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Carreira wins Surfco award

Keola Carreira took home the Surfco Surfer Award for the H.S.F. Kaua‘i contest No. 4 at Kealia Beach this past Saturday.

Past winners of the award include Bear Bailey for contest No.

3 at Intersections in Kekaha and Luke Hitchcock in contest No. 2 at Pine Trees in Hanalei.

The fifth and final regular season competition heads to PK’s in Po‘ipu on April 22-23.

The alternate dates are April 29-30. Entry forms are posted online at www.hsfkauai.com, or pick one up at any surf shop around the island.

Events include menehune 11- under, boys 12-14, junior men 15-17, open men 18-24, girls 17- under, girls longboard, senior men 35-over, G.I.B. 4-A, boys bodyboard 14-under, and jr.

bodyboard 15-17.

Call the contest line at 338- 1952 for updates on the event.

The H.A.S.A. State Championships follow on June 9-11 at Ala Moana Bowls.

Ratings have been tabulated after the third contest, with Erika Steiner heading up two divisions, the girls 17-under and girls longboard 17-under.

However, that could change, as Alana Blanchard, who was in second place, took the top spot in the girls 17-under competition at Saturday’s contest at Kealia.

Kilauea’s Dylan Goodale continued his torrid pace up the ladder in the surfing world, with another win in the boys 12-14 division.

Goodale, who led the division going into Saturday’s contest, padded his margin over Koa Smith and Luke Hitchcock. Kaimana Jaquias, Mana Medeiros, Spencer Kaplanis and Kaikea Elias earned crucial points at Kealia.

Smith increased his lead in the menehune 11-under, over the likes of Medeiros, Elias, Hitchcock, and Christian Graham.

Alex Smith, who was in sixth-place after three contests, moved up the rankings with a first place finish in the junior men 15-17.

Current leader Nathan Rex and Tyler Newton scored good points to stay in the top three.

Newton earned top points in the open men’s (18-24) contest.

However, Rex managed to follow him in second place, so the division leader should remain on top. Alex Smith and Kyle Ramey also picked up a host of points heading into the final contest.

Alfred Libunao, who went into Saturday’s contest unranked, managed to beat out jr.

bodyboard division leader Travis Smith.

In the boys bodyboard standings, Smith increased his stronghold on the top spot.

Charles Smith moved up in the senior men’s rankings with a win over division leader Russell Lewis.

• Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or kauaisports@kauaipubco.

com.

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