Hawai’i Surfing State Championships

The Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association (Hasa), also known as/a division of the Hawaii Surfing Association (HSA), had scheduled its annual State Surfing Championships for May 3-4-5-6, surf permitting, at Ala Moana Bowls, O’ahu — but due to a super swell the previous week, conducted the actual events on April 26-27-28. According to freelance writer Lance Arinaga, special to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the day after finals, “It was an action-packed day at the state surfing championships with lots of great rides…”

Since I was in town on the South Shore, I can attest to the great 4′ waves, with mild tradewinds — perfect conditions for all age groups. Congratulations to all the competitors!

Stay tuned for future blogs about high school-age surfers in California-Hawai’i. Belated news, in case you’re on the mainland and haven’t heard from late last fall, the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) declared that Surfing will become an official high school sport in the Islands as another event on the State Championship slate. This is great news. Although it won’t materialize until 2013, there obviously will be changes to HSA’s Scholastic Surfing League (SSL), which has been active in the past with a majority of high schools participating as clubs, albeit many are varsity — and if not they will be soon!

A long-awaited step forward for the founding State of Surfing, HI.

PS, FYI: California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the CA state sports governing body, does not yet recognize Surfing as a sport, but many high schools do, participating in nationals, regionals and leagues, and awarding school varsity letters. As Hawai’i improves and succeeds, we’ll likely see the CIF sections, especially CIF-SS and CIF-SDS, make value judgments regarding Surfing. For California, this may be tougher, since, as clubs, they do not follow the strict FALL or WINTER or SPRING rules; in fact, presently they cross over with training and dual meets in the FALL and championships in the WINTER.

PPS, Hawai’i: Since Surfing is year ’round, it’s obviously tough to pick what the official season is… the biggest parallel aquatic conflicts include Outrigger Canoe Paddling and Boys/Girls Swimming (WINTER), and Girls Water Polo (SPRING). Since Boys Water Polo (FALL) is not an official HI State Sport, perhaps that is the best season?

Aloha for now.

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