2011 USBA Science Hawaii Regional Tour: Makapu'u dreams

The 2011 USBA Science Hawaii Regional Tour has kicked off at Makapu'u, in the extreme Eastern end of the Island of Oʻahu, in the Hawaiian Islands. Makapu'u means "bulging eye" in the Hawaiian language. With splendid panoramic views, this is also a great surf spot for bodyboarders and surfers. The contest was held in 2-4 foot waves.

In the Open division, action pumped the site with the top seeds JB Hillen, Trevor Kam, Matt Holzmann, Ryan Celle, Kahekile Labatte, Rylelle Colle and Jesse Walsh. The final consisted of Jesse Walsh, Trevor Kam, Matt Holzman and Kahekile Labatte. All the riders surfed extremely well but it was Oahu's own Trevor Kam who won the event taking his first ever win at Makapu'u.

In the 13-to-18 old division, Shawbaz Soaia, from the Big Island, stepped his game up with big backflips and a polished routine that got him to the finals. Also, Shayden Wolf, Kawika Rorh and a slue of Makapu'u locals showed skills beyond their age.

Joining Shawbaz in the finals was Sandy Beach local Keanu Casemeiro, Matt Holzman and Kawika Roth. All surfed extremely well, however it was Matt Holzman that stood out from the rest with an amazing air roll spin (ARS) to roll in the semis and a big backflip in the final for the two highest scores of the event.

The Womens division saw bodyboard star JB Hillen's sister Summer take out the trophy, as well as defeating some of her brother's rivals Open Mens division, making it all the way to the quarters.

The ever-competitive Drop Knee division had Kawika Rohr showing his youthful skill. Finishing the day was the Standup division where professional standup surfer Kekoa Casemerio jumped on a bodyboard and battled for the win over the young Kawika Rohrr who was on fire. Kawika Rohr had an amazing barrel to snap, but it was Kekoa who had the most power in his maneuvers from years of practice.

Final Results

Open:

1. Trevor Kam
2. Matt Holzman
3. Kahekili Labatte
4. Shawbaz Soaia

13-18

1. Matt Holzman
2. Keanu Cazameiro
3. Shawbaz Soaia
4. Kawika Rohr

Drop Knee

1. Kapen Kaopuiki
2. Frank Kong
3. Codi Akiona
4. Jesse Walsh

Stand Up

1. Kekoa Casameiro
2. Kawika Rohr
3. Austin Were
4. Kawika Cua

Open Women

1. Summer Hillen