Ko Molokai Keiki ‘O Ke Kai News Release
The third and last keiki surf meet for 2012, sponsored in part by Friendly Isle United Fund, was held on Saturday at Waialua on Molokai’s East End.
Rain and wind helped make good waves; Waialua stream had flooded down, washing a lot of sand out to the surf break, and the wind whipped up the waves to waist-high height by the afternoon as the tide filled in.
Several new faces arrived for the final meet, despite the morning rain and clouds. It was a chance for everyone to enjoy the ocean together and show off skills and tricks. All the keiki did their best and it was awesome to watch their efforts!
The 6-and-under surfers hit the water first. The low tide made it easy to get out to the waves and to watch the kids from the sandbar exposed along the beach. Several non-swimmers stood up on their surfboards for the first time and rode to the waiting arms of a family member. It is amazing to see how these babies love the water and how well they can balance.
Then it was time for the 7- and 8-year-old division to do their thing. And they did it with style. Next it was the 9 and 10’s, most of whom were able to catch their own waves.
Finally, it was time for the big kids, 11- and 12 year-olds, to see who would get the best waves. They all caught their own, riding and paddling back out as fast as they could in a race against the clock. The volunteer judges watched to see who was catching their own waves and how each child did on the rides. It can be hard because three or four kids can be surfing one wave at the same time. Thank you judges!
We would like to congratulate three surfers with perfect first-place scores for all three meets! Excellent job Kailani Bicoy, Kahula Kahokuloa and Noah Archuleta!
Excitement ran high as the tables were covered with food. The trophies and prizes were laid out and the kids had a hard time keeping their hands off. A beautiful Hawaiian prayer was offered in thanks for the great day, good sportsmanship, the rain and wonderful food.
While everyone ate the potluck lunch, the surfers were called up by division and awarded goodie bags filled with stickers, hats, T-shirts and other great prizes. Four surfboards and four body boards were given out, as well as trophies for first through fourth place in each division. Every surfer got prizes, applause and photos of their proud smiles. Family and friends cheered the surfers and shared in the fun.
Keep surfing keiki and congratulations! We hope to see you next summer. Mahalo to everyone for their participation and support of this important youth event! Please visit us on Facebook at Ko Molokai Keiki ‘O Ke Kai Surf Meet for lots of photos, final scores and more.