Hawaii prep surfers win nine titles at national meet
Hawai'i surfers combined to win nine individual titles at the NSSA National Championships last weekend.
The nine-day contest — which featured more than 500 surfers from around the nation — was completed on Sunday at Lower Trestles, San Clemente, Calif.
It is considered the top contest for student surfers in the United States.
Granger Larsen, Leila Hurst and Koa Smith led the Hawai'i contingent by winning two divisions each.
Larsen, who is from Maui, placed first in both the explorer junior and explorer men divisions. He also placed second in the open men division.
The open men division is the top division of the event, and Larsen came up a half-point short in the final to California's Nat Young.
Larsen, who is expected to become a full-time professional surfer this summer, completed his amateur career with six NSSA national titles.
Hurst, who is from Kaua'i, placed first in both the explorer girls and explorer women divisions, and also placed third in the open women division.
Smith, who is also from Kaua'i, won the open boys and explorer menehune divisions.
Other individual champions from Hawai'i were Kalani David (open mini-groms), Keanu Asing (explorer boys), and Kelia Moniz (high school girls).
On Friday, Elite Element Academy became the first Hawai'i school to win the NSSA National High School Championship.
Punahou School junior Carissa Moore, who owns a record 11 NSSA individual championships, did not compete this year.
Men: 2, Granger Larsen. 3, Tanner Hendrickson. Women: 3, Leila Hurst. 4, Malia Manuel. Juniors: 4, Tanner Hendrickson. Boys: 1, Koa Smith. 2, Luke Hitchcock. 3, Makai McNamara. 4, Joshua Moniz. Mini-groms: 1, Kalani David. 2, Imaikalani DeVault. 5, Seth Moniz.
Men: 1, Granger Larsen. 2, Kai Barger. 3, Alex Smith. 4, Tyler Newton. Juniors: 1, Granger Larsen. 3, Alex Smith. Boys: 1, Keanu Asing. 2, Ezekiel Lau. 6, Kaimana Jaquias. Menehune: 1, Koa Smith. 2, Makai McNamara. 3, Ian Gentil. 4, Luke Hitchcock. 5, Ka'oli Kahokuloa. 6, Seth Moniz. Women: 1, Leila Hurst. 2, Monyca Byrne-Wickey. 3, Alessa Quizon. 4, Nage Melamed. Girls: 1, Leila Hurst. 2, Malia Manuel. 3, Nage Melamed. 4, Kelia Moniz. 5, Alisha Gonsalves. Masters: 3, Christian Budroe.
High school divisions
Team: 1, Elite Element Academy. Men: 2, Kiron Jabour. Women: 1, Kelia Moniz. 2, Coco Ho.