First Hawaii High School Surf Season Ends

Alyssa Wooten
Alyssa Wooten
Brock Kalnasy
Brock Kalnasy

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- It was short and sweet, but a huge success. That's what everyone is saying about season one of the state's newest high school sport -- surfing.

There were only three meets -- the first in March, the last one Saturday. But most importantly -- after years of fighting, the kids are finally in the water, representing their school.

The waves at Flies aren't the best, but they're good enough.

"They weren't, as a whole, that great," said Alyssa Wooten, of Kaimuki. "But there's little sets every now and then, it's all fun."

This is the third and final contest of the state's inaugural high school surf season.

"It's all fun and games," said Brock Kalnasy of Kahuku. "Even if you lose, it's still fun competing with other schools."

"It's kind of a short year, we only got four schools, but contest is going pretty good," said Dennis Kumagai of Hawaii Surf Productions, the contest organizer. "Kids been scoring a lot of waves, they demonstrating that this program can actually work really well."

Students from Kahuku, Castle, Kaimuki, and Kalaheo compete. And while everyone involved enjoyed it, there is still room for improvement.

"The schools should have more kids," said Kalnasy.

"They should have contests at better surf spots," said Wooten.

"The first two contests, they cancelled it twice and had to move it," said Kalnasy.

"Super humbug," said Wooten, about the cancellations. "Cecause our coach wants to get there early, super early, and he wakes us up, and then like, we go to the contest and it's cancelled. We drove all the way out there. But that's just how surf contests go. you can't just predict."

But one thing they can predict -- it'll only get better from here.

"It's gonna grow very quickly," said Kumagai. "There's a lot of interest, people still gotta jump through lot of hoops to get this program going, but we're finally off the ground and we in the water, and it's gonna grow very quickly if you watch."

Organizers want to start the next season this fall.

The biggest obstacle -- safety training. Coaches need to be certified, and students need to pass junior lifeguard training.

So organizers hope the schools do all this during the summer, so more schools can participate in the fall.