Graham glides in Quiksilver contest

Dressed like a black cat, Pierre Graham scratched out the competition on Saturday at the Quiksilver Menehune Surf Out contest (12-and-under) held at Pine Trees in Hanalei.

Graham rode his yellow board to a first place finish in the 8-and-under paddle-in division, while claiming third in both the 9-10 and longboard contests.

“Quiksilver has been sponsoring contests for the groms of Kaua‘i at Pine Trees for 17 years. The contest was another exceptionally fun day for the kids with small surf and plenty of sunshine,” Graham’s mother, Kathy said.

Quiksilver provided tons of prizes, a classic collectors’ item event T-shirt, and free food for the contestants.

The contest was also presented by the Hanalei Surf Company.

Other winners included Keoni Steiner in the boys and girls push-in competition. Steiner was followed by Thor Houghlan, Ethan Ellick, Eric Potter, Camilla Vernon, and Joey Kaden.

Natalia Smith took the 9-10 girls contest over Asia Kaden, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Jennifer Leon, Heather Patey, and Kristina De Witt.

In the girls 11-12 contest, Leila Hurst emerged as the top surfer, with Nage Melamed, Anabelle Marvin, Alana Andrews, Brianna Cope, and Renee Steiner rounding out the top six.

Melamed and Hurst flip- flopped spots in the longboard division, with Tatiana Weston-Webb, Shannon Delaney, Anabelle Marvin, and Renee Steiner filling out the top spots.

Ipo Hele Oliva ousted Coral Vernon in girls under-8 paddle-in action.

Graham beat out Titus Langbridge and Keoni Steiner for the under-8 boys paddle-in title.

Dorian Blanchard rose to the top in the boys 9-10 division, followed by Kalen Galtes, Pierre Graham, Makena Baker, Christian Potter, and Braden Zeigler.

In boys 11-12 action, Koa Smith triumphed over Kaoli Kahokuloa, Kalen Galtes, Elliot Leon, Luke Hitchock, and Troy Weston-Webb.

Kaikea Elias released his inner beast for the win in the longboard contest. Daniel Bocater, Pierre Graham, Koa Smith, Troy Weston-Webb, Kaoli Kahokuloa, and Bryce Baker.

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

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