Hawaii’s Top 50 Groms

Selecting the top 50 surfers age 18 and under in Hawaii proved to be grueling. At the outset, we at Freesurf created a subjective judging criteria: contest results, freesurfing capabilities, how well the surfer charges big waves, exposure in media, professionality, and future potential. With the help of outside input from Hawaii team coaches and contest coordinators, we then sequestered ourselves inside the office until a list could be unanimously agreed upon. There were debates, there were investigative reports, and there were decisive opinions. Though the following pages are indeed a ranking of junior boys, groms, and girls, the feature serves as much more than a list. It is also glimpse, a prediction, a hope as to what the future of Hawaii’s talent holds. These are the chosen.


Boys / Juniors

1
Barron Mamiya
Age: 16
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

2
Finn McGill
Age: 16
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

3
Noa Mizuno
Age: 18
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

4
Kaulana Apo
Age: 18
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

5
Cody Young
Age: 17
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

6
Kona Oliveira
Age: 18
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

7
Noah Beschen
Age: 15
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

8
Taichi Wakita
Age: 18
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

9
Wyatt McHale
Age: 15
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

10
Koa Yakota
Age: 17
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

11
Cole Alves
Age: 15
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

Boys / Groms

1
Eli Hanneman
Age: 14
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

2
Ocean Macedo
Age: 14
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

3
Jackson Bunch
Age: 13
Home: Maui
Stance: Goofy

4
Brodi Sale
Age: 13
Home: Big Island
Stance: Regular

5
Kainehe Hunt
Age: 14
Home: Kauai
Stance: Regular

6
Robert Grilho III
Age: 13
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

7
Diego Ferri
Age: 12
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

8
Sammy Gray
Age: 14
Home: Kauai
Stance: Regular

9
Tony Nunez
Age: 14
Home: Maui
Stance: Goofy

10
Makana Franzmann
Age: 12
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

11
Dylan Franzmann
Age: 14
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

12
Axel Rosenblad
Age: 14
Home: Maui
Stance: Goofy

13
Levi Young
Age: 12
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

14
Luke Swanson
Age: 12
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

15
Keanu Taylor
Age: 12
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

16
Ty Simpson Kane
Age: 12
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

17
Kai Martin
Age: 11
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

18
Kaiser Auberlen
Age: 12
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

19
Diesel Butts
Age: 10
Home: Big Island
Stance: Goofy

Girls

1
Mahina Maeda
Age: 18
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

2
Brisa Hennessy
Age: 17
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

3
Summer Macedo
Age: 16
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

4
Dax McGill
Age: 18
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

5
Moana Jones
Age: 17
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

6
Zoe McDougall
Age: 16
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

7
Honolua Blomfield
Age: 17
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

8
Sara Wakita
Age: 14
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

9
Gabriela Bryan
Age: 14
Home: Kauai
Stance: Regular

10
Leila Riccobuano
Age: 12
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

11
Aloha Lopez
Age: 17
Home: Maui
Stance: Regular

12
Emily Nishimoto
Age: 17
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

13
Julie Nishimoto
Age: 15
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

14
Brittany Penaroza
Age: 16
Home: Oahu
Stance: Goofy

15
Luana Silva
Age: 12
Home: Oahu
Stance: Regular

 

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