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Kids own the Queens lineup at T&C Surf Grom Contest

 




T&C/Surfer Mag Grom Contest

Queen's Waikiki Oahu
22 - 23 May 2010

T&C Surf crowns champions in 12 different categories

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 May, 2010 : - - More than 250 surfers age 5 to 14 from across the island chain and as far away as Australia hit the waves for the 13th Annual T&C Surf / Surfer Magazine Grom Contest May 22-23 at Queen’s surf break in Waikiki.

The event is like no other in the islands. Kids ranked 15th or higher in HASA or NSSA are not eligible, giving more kids the opportunity to gain competitive experience without the pressure of a rated contest. The genesis of this unique event arose from the same Hawaii local who created the now iconic yin-yang logo nearly 40 years ago.

“Seeing kids stoked on surfing is awesome,” says T&C Surf founder and president Craig Sugihara.  “As a locally owned and operated company, we are happy to give back to the community that has supported us for the past forty years.”

T&C Surf crowned champions in 12 different shortboard, longboard and bodyboard divisions for boys and girls, marking another jump in the number of kids participating, especially girls. Over the past three years T&C Surf expanded both the girls’ longboard and shortboard divisions, consistently filling the new heats with eager young board riders experiencing the thrill of competitive surfing, many for the first time.

Prize packs and trophies went to the top six in each division, spreading the Aloha beyond the typical top-three podium spots. Two of the “most deserving” surfers took home a T&C Surf surfboard personally awarded by Sugihara.

Between heats the kids scampered along the lineup of T&C Surf tents under the shade of palms lining Kalakaua Avenue. In the game tent, T&C Surf employees put on beach games for the kids and stoked them out with prizes from dozens of industry sponsors.

Aspiring professional surfers received VIP treatment from the media. They talked story with Surfer Magazine and spent the afternoon hanging out with FreeSurf magazine staff. Renowned surf photographers Bernie Baker and Jamie Ballenger captured the action in the line-up and on the beach. A film crew also followed the groms into the surf to capture all the action for a segment on BoardStories TV to be broadcast in July.

Day one of the contest on Saturday brought consistent five-foot sets for preliminary heats in the girls’ shortboard, as well as the boys’ shortboard and longboard divisions. Day two brought less-consistent but really fun waves for the remaining preliminary heats and finals in all divisions.

Waikiki local Kaniela Stewart, 8, grabbed the boys’ longboard (5-9) title from a stacked field of skilled surfers, barely edging out No. 2 finisher Trek Tanaka by a few points.

The boys’ longboard (12-14) finals were equally tough with the top two going head-to-head battling for that extra point to take the win. Both had several points lead over their competitors during the finals. In the end, consistency gave Michael Ikalani the edge he needed to impress the judges and take the win over veteran grom competitor Kainoa Yester, 13, of Haleiwa who took second.

In the youngest boys’ shortboard division (5-7), Thatcher Johnson found success in his strategy. Yes, that’s right … strategy. From a six-year old. Amazing. With less-consistent sets rolling in, Johnson picked off wave after wave making the most of what the ocean had to offer, while competitors waited for the peak sets. One judge awarded a perfect 10 to Keanu Rowland-Nolasco, but his two-wave score still wasn’t enough to take out Johnson and Nolasco ended up second.

Landon McNamara nailed the win in the boys shortboard (12-14) division. With just one or two scoreable waves posted by each surfer, every ride demanded all-out performance. McNamara proved he can bring his A game no matter what the wave conditions are.

Longboarding for the wahine saw a first-time win for twelve-year-old North Shore surfer Gabriela Yester (10-14) and yet another title for the talented young surfer from East Honolulu, Kailee Graff (5-9), who holds multiple T&C Surf grom titles in both longboard and shortboard divisions.

Taking the top podium spot in the girls’ youngest shortboard (5-7) division, was tiny Tiki Willis of Waikiki. The six-year old proved she knows how to handle Queen’s surf break, which happens to be her front yard.

Kirra Seale got her first big win, earning twice the number of points as her closest competitor leaving no doubt about her shortboard skills in the girls’ (8-11) division. Nicole Bruggemann proved to be a double threat by winning the girls’ shortboard (12-14) division and bringing home the bronze in her longboard division.

T&C Surf crowned champions in two coed bodyboarding divisions. Keahi Alapai took home the boys’ (10-14) division in dominating style, while Jayla Benkman showed the boys how it’s done by winning her (5-9) division.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this year’s contest tees goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii, which sponsored several competitors in this year’s event.

2010 Results

SHORTBOARD BOYS  (5-7)
1. THATCHER JOHNSON
2. KEANU ROWLAND-NOLASCO
3. MAKANA FRANZMAN
4. ZION OTTEMAN
5. MANAE YERXA
6. MASON MATTHEW

SHORTBOARD BOYS (8-11)
1. WENDELL LEONG-TITCOMB
2. SAMSON COULTER
3. NATHANIEL YEE
4. KAMERON DOWIS
5. CONAN GENTIL
6. KANIELA STEWART

SHORTBOARD BOYS (12-14)
1. LANDON MCNAMARA
2. CONNOR JENSEN
3. TIMMY METCALF
4. RYAN SHANLEY
5. KEALII ALAPAI
6. LUKE SHEPARDSON

LONGBOARD BOYS (5-9)
1. KANIELA STEWART
2. TREK TANAKA
3. HEART DRUMMONDO
4. MAUI KELA
5. JOSHUA KAI CHESTER
6. REEF TSUTSUI

LONGBOARD BOYS (10-14)
1. MICHAEL IKALANI
2. KAINOA YESTER
3. JOSIAH WIELAND-VIERRS
4. MO FREITAS
5. KOBE LEONG
6. KYLE FRAZER

SHORTBOARD GIRLS  (5-7)
1. TIKI WILLIS
2. HANNAH BRADBURY
3. KAILEE CORRIE
4. CLOE NALANI CHESTER
5. HOKULANI TOPPING
6. KAEHU TOPPING

SHORTBOARD GIRLS (8-11)
1. KIRRA SEALE
2. ZOE MCDOUGAL
3. KYANA ROWLAND-NOLASCO
4. TENAYA RICHARDSON
5. DZELLE NOTOA
6. NICOLE FLETCHER

SHORTBOARD GIRLS (12-14)
1. NICOLE BRUGGEMANN
2. INIDIA PYZEL
3. MAILE EDWARDS
4. BRANDEE SCHINER
5. MARIAN BENEKE
6. KERRIE ARNOBIT

LONGBOARD GIRLS (5-9)
1. KAILEE GRAF
2. KYANNA ROWLAND-NOLASCO
3. MOON OTTEMAN
4. SIENNA CAULTER
5. TIKI WILLIS
6. TENAYA RICHARDSON

LONGBOARD GIRLS (10-14)
1. GABRIELA YESTER
2. KIRRA SEALE
3. NICOLE BRUGGEMANN
4. KYLIE NAGY
5. INDIA PYZEL
6. HONOLUA BLOMFIELD

BODYBOARD COED (5-9)
1. BRYCEN VAUGHS
2. TRISTIN AIWOHI
3. KEANU ROWLAND-NOLSACO
4. KUHAO CUMMING-FISHER
5. DYLAN FRANZMAN
6. EGAN EBRIGHT

BODYBOARD COED (10-14)
1. KEAHI ALAPAI
2. UAPILI LACEY
3. GREGORY CICERO
4. NOAH BRADBURY
5. QWESTON SHERMAN
6. GREGORY LEONG-TITCOMB

BOARD STORIES EXPRESSION SESSION
1. MILES AND AOKU TOPPING
2. MAKAMAE AND PUAMAKAMAE DESOTO
3. JOHN PAUL AND KELIS KALEOPAA

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