The Hawai‘i team, which featured five Kaua‘i surfers, finished in third place at the Quiksliver International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championships, earlier this month, in France.
Dylan Goodale, Leila Hurst, Malia Manuel, Alex Smith and Tyler Newton were among the group of 12 who represented the state.
There were four girls and eight boys on the team under the coaching of Rainos Hayes of O‘ahu.
Manuel scored high marks consistently throughout her run, but lost momentum by the eighth round.
Hurst and Coco Ho of O‘ahu were taken down in the ninth round by Sage Erikson and Australia’s Tyler Wright.
For the boys, Smith and Goodale made it to the sixth round and put up some of the highest combined scores of the competition.
Newton made it all the way to the finals and came up with a third-place finish, solidifying Hawai‘i’s bronze-medal finish.
This is the third year in a row that Hawai‘i finished in third place.
Last year, the event was held in Portugal, and in Brazil in 2006.
Hawai‘i won the event in 2005.
This was the second time on the Hawai‘i team for all surfers.
Goodale and Hurst went last year, and Manuel and Smith went the year before.