Sierra Lerback also killed it in winning the women’s Open and defending her Junior Women title. She blitzed the open field, scoring the three best rides of the final. “It was really fun, perfect waves, every one was long,” Lerback said. “It was so chill not like the usual crazy contest scene.” The 2014 Lahainaluna graduate was a member of the Lunas’ MIL girls surfing championship team and for the past year has been concentrating on professional longboard events in Australia.
Lerback was third at the Noosa Festival of Surfing in the women’s pro division this past March. She just returned from a surf trip to Indonesia and plans to compete in Malibu this September. “It’s a whole different scene, everyone has a hardcore mindset,” Lerback said of the pro events. “Everyone here just wants to have fun in the end.”
Three-time defending champion Mahealani Ah Hee finished a disappointing fourth. “Sierra was on point,” Ah Hee said. “I knew I had to pass the torch. But I’m happy for her.”
Kawika Kinimaka won the Junior Mens on his birthday. Ocean Macedo and Jackson Bunch won the Juniors and Menehune divisions respectively, and then teamed up to make the tandem final and place sixth.
Other winners included Ken Goring (40-49), Glen Fukushima (50-59), Mickey Ester (60 & over), and Augie Constantino and Elena Campbell (tandem).