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Mid-Pacific Surf Club Shines on National Stage

The team as a whole became stronger and stronger (as the year progressed) and can easily be a top team nationally.

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Scot Allen

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In its very first year of competition, the Mid-Pacific Surf Club is poised to become not only a force in Hawaii surfing culture, but also a powerhouse on the national scene, according to Coach Hans Hedemann.

"The team as a whole became stronger and stronger (as the year progressed) and can easily be a top team nationally," he said.

June 17-18 at Dana Point, California, the club competed against some of the top surfing schools in the nation, including strong teams from Coco beach, Florida, and San Clemente, California.

The middle school surfers took fourth place at nationals; The high school team finished in ninth place out of 17 teams. Kamehameha finished tenth overall. Mid-Pacific eighth grader David Rochlen took third in longboard competition. Kai Corrie, Mahina Akaka, Brock McTigue, Zac Hedemann and Ka'ehu Topping advanced to the semi-finals, but didn't make it to the finals round. For their efforts, the Mid-Pacific surfers brought home two large trophies.

"We have a group of surfers on our surf club that compete and train individually for surf competitions... that gives us an edge," Hedemann said. "They have learned greatly about surf competition strategy and training through consistent coaching this year."

"I was super proud of all of the kids for their terrific effort," said Surf Club Advisor Lani Corrie. "They all woke up early to be at the beach by 6 a.m. (3 a.m. Hawaii time) and their energy and enthusiasm was impressive. Lots of people came up to the Mid-Pacific tent and wanted to meet the Hawaii students. We had kids playing the ukulele and singing, and several people had specific song requests and shared their previous encounters in Hawaii. What a wonderful way to promote our fabulous school!"

A big congratulations to each one of our Surf Club participants: Mahina Akaka, Paris Anderson, Kai Corrie, Jack Fukui, Randy Fukui, Landon Hayashi, Zac Hedemann, Jack Lockwood, Max Lockwood, Brock McTigue, Ian Montgomery, Heimana Reynolds, David Rochlen, Miles Sahetapy-Engel, Hikari Son, Rian Son, Ka'ehu Topping and Kiva Wertheimer.