In an impressive showing, the Mid-Pacific Owls took home first place in every division including Boys and Girls Shortboard, Co-ed Bodyboard, and Boys and Girls Longboard.
Posted on December 14, 2016 by Julie Funasaki Yuen
The Mid-Pacific Surf Club competed in its first-ever high school surf competition at Makaha Beach on Saturday, Dec. 10. In an impressive showing, the Mid-Pacific Owls took home first place in every division including Boys and Girls Shortboard, Co-ed Bodyboard, and Boys and Girls Longboard. Mid-Pacific's brand new club consists of 40 experienced middle and high students under the direction of famed pro-surfer, instructor and Mid-Pacific parent, Coach Hans Hedemann, and pro-surfer, Assistant Coach Seth Elmer.
From left: Mid-Pacific Surf Club middle school and high school students Randy Fukui, Assistant Coach Seth Elmer, Kiva Wertheimer, Aoi Nakamura, Ammen Tawfik, David Rochlen, Miles Sahepty-Engels, Rian Son, and Coach Hans Hedemann.
"It was a historic day, of course, because it was the first time in 108 years that Mid-Pacific came together to compete as a team in the sport of surfing," said Assistant Coach Seth Elmer. "As pro-surfers and coaches, it was great for us to translate our experiences to the kids and they were incredibly receptive to our coaching and instruction. They also showed tremendous sportsmanship. It was such a team effort and they really gave it their all, especially when it mattered the most."
"I think we've raised the level of surfing in our community, and we're very proud of all of our surf club members," continued Elmer. "They worked together and stayed humble, illustrating that the core values of Mid-Pacific really shine through no matter where they are."
High school students are eligible to participate in the surf competitions. Mid-Pacific competes alongside club teams representing Kamehameha Schools, Le Jardin, Iolani School, Waialua High School, Farrington High School, and Punahou School. Mid-Pacific Surf Club middle school and high school students will strive to compete at a National Scholastic Surfing Association competition in California in 2017.
"It was pretty exciting to be out there because although I've competed individually, I've never surfed as a team before," said 9th grader Kai Corrie who took home first place in Girls Shortboard. "We had to work as a group to win the most points. It was different and fun. I'm glad that Mid-Pacific has a surf club now and I hope we get to go to Nationals this summer."
From left: Mid-Pacific Surf Club high school students Wolf Wertheimer, Assistant Coach Seth Elmer, Giovanni Sposato, Ian Guard, Ian Montgomery, Heimana Reynolds, and Kian Juliano.
Mid-Pacific results from the Saturday, Dec. 10 surf competition:
Boys Shortboard, Heat 1
Boys Shortboard, Heat 2
Mid-Pacific Surf Club team members stretch before getting into the water.