Waialua High School Surf Club Wins Inaugural Competition

Competing together for the first time ever, the Waialua High School Surf Club won their opening event of the Hawaii Surfing Association (HSA) Scholastic Surf League at Makaha this past weekend.

Scoring 70 total points to Le Jardin Academy’s 45, Waialua’s inaugural competition included heat wins by team members Kainoa Kealoha (Men’s Shortboard and Longboard); Tiger Doerner (Men’s Shortboard); Kira Burke (Women’s Longboard); and Brandon Amaya (Coed Bodyboard).

The team’s strong performance was a great start for coordinator coach Justin Lambert, the driving force behind Waialua’s first-ever surf team.

“I created the club to provide a positive influence on Waialua’s youth,” Lambert tells Xcel. “I graduated from Waialua myself, and wanted to give back to the school by creating something fun to help keep kids motivated and stoked on surfing.”

And to keep the focus on classroom performance and overall water safety, everyone on Waialua’s roster must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better, and have achieved junior lifeguard certification.

“We’re stoked to see Waialua do so well and to be supporting their team,” says Xcel president Ed D’Ascoli. “It’s great to get involved and help surfing play a positive role in schools and among our local kids.”

A division of HSA, the Scholastic Surf League is a series of events drawing co-ed teams from high schools throughout Oahu. With 6 high schools currently represented, Waialua’s 70-point total is second only to Kamehameha (77 points).

Watch for Waialua at their next league event, April 9th or 10th, as they head to the competition-friendly wave at Maile Point.