Guam groms eye world stage as they head to Hawaii
Jared Brandon Gogue and Napu Taimanglo to represent Guam at Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 June, 2012 : - - Two 14-year-old Guam junior male surf athletes are heading to Oahu, Hawaii on July 4 and 5 to compete in surfing events. Jared Brandon Gogue and Napu Taimanglo, both 14, will compete in two events –– the Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series at Ala Moana Bowls, Oahu on July 7 and the 2012 Rip Curl GromSearch at Kewalo Basin, also in Oahu, on July 8.
Both junior surfers will compete in the Boys 16/under divisions of the contests. Gogue and Taimanglo have previously competed at the Isonoura Kids Surfing competition in Wakayama, Japan in 2009. Gogue also participated in the same event in Japan in 2011. Both boys have also competed in Guahan Napu’s local surfing contests. Jared Gogue’s surfing record includes first place in the 2010 and 2012 Rick’s Reef Classic series and in the 2010 Surf the Basin 2 contest. Taimanglo took first place in the inaugural Surf the Basin competition in 2009 and third place in the second Rick’s Reef Classic, also in 2009. This will be the first time that both boys will compete in Hawaii.
“Our association believes that in order for these juniors to attain the standards and skills to reach the next competitive level, they should get exposure to compete and develop their surfing abilities in different contests on Guam as well as abroad,” says Willi Byerly, president of Guahan Napu.
Guahan Napu has donated $500 to the team for their travel and competition expenses. The trip is organized by Lotus Surf Shop and parents of the junior surfers. Upcoming fundraising activities include car washes on the weekends of June 23 and 30; a fundraiser at Casa Nami in Tumon on June 28; and solicitations to corporations for financial donations.
Source: Pacific News
Author: Guahan Napu
Tags: Guam, Hawaii, Pacific, Team, Guahan Napu