Kewalos was buzzing with young rippers this past week, as groms from all islands gathered to compete for the Hawaii Regional title at the 2015 NSSA Hawaiian Regional Championships Presented by Mad Love. Sunny skies made for a comfortable three days while coaches and parents posted up on the grassy area and under tents, and waves in the 1 to 2ft. with occasional 3-footers were on tap for some serious hacks and punts during the Finals.
The surfers, supporters and sponsors were in good spirits throughout the event, while North Shore shaper and guest announcer Joe DeMarco’s voice echoed throughout the park to add enthusiasm. Delicious food was handed out free to all competitors, and all groms went home with plenty prizes and a smile from ear to ear.
The NSSA is one of the few national youth sports organizations that require its participants to maintain academic standards in order to compete. Since 1978, the NSSA program philosophy has been that athletics and scholastics go hand in hand. More than 80 NSSA events are run nationwide that culminate with the annual National Championships which is regarded as the highest profile youth surfing event in America.
A big congratulations to all the competitors and winners! The NSSA Regional Championships is a great indicator of the talent that’s erupting from Hawaii, and the bright future of surfing.