Maui Warriors ride season’s last waves


Photo by Meaaloha McCabe

The surf team takes a quick end-of-the-season group photo at Hoʻokipa Beach Park at the MIL championships April 22.

The Maui Interscholastic League held the surf championship meet for the 2016-2017 season Saturday, April 22, at Ho’okipa Beach Park. The weather was bright and sunny with nice sets rolling in.

The boys team placed 5th with 2,083 points, and the girl’s team placed 4th with 2,194 points. Shortboard and bodyboard were the other divisions that the surf team competed in.

Junior and captain Kamalei Roback placed 4th in shortboard and tied for 7th place with Madison Runyon from Lahainaluna High School in the bodyboard division. With the support from her team on shore, Roback was able to both place and enjoy her time surfing.

“Everyone here is really fun. We have fun together. The ocean is really cool to be in,” Roback said.

At the end of the surf season, junior Jacob Julian was able to pick up some important values.

“You kinda learn a lot of life skills: patience, commitment, physicality. You gotta treat your body right if you wanna surf good,” he said.

With such a positive season, Coach Kekaula Campbell said that there are “more highlights to come” next season.

Because the surf team was small, Coach Campbell is planning to have a summer surf camp where students can come and have “less anxiety about surfing in contests.” The surf team is also planning to host a movie night to show what the surf team did this season.