The Hui Nalu Ocean Club from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 entered 19 youth surfers in the 2019 Aliya Wahine Cup in Baler, Aurora, Philippines.
Despite challenging competition and strong currents, 12 Hui Nalu members advanced to the semifinals, and five made it to the finals.
“Dedication to these kids has produced great success, like this recent one at the Aliya Wahine Cup,” said Joe Villatora, HNOC founder.
Hui Nalu’s Angel’Lea Aguilar, a member of the Philippines Surfing Federation, enjoyed some of the tournament's best waves in the semifinals. Aguilar, in the Longboard Division, placed second. In the Women’s Open Shortboard Division finals, she placed fourth.
“Angel’Lea led the first day with some very impressive surfing, on both long and shortboard,” Villatora said.
In the Wahine Class B Longboard Division, 3 of 4 finalists hailed from Guam. Topping the podium, Hazel Wilson, 12, pulled out the win. Rounding out the top four, Maeva Conroy, 13, placed third. Molly Hope, a 14-year-old, finished fourth.
“Most improved was Hazel Wilson, who took first in girls longboard,” Villatora said. “Maeva Conroy and Molly Hope were close on her heels.”
In the Malahini Class A Shortboard Division finals, Conroy placed third. Wilson, a move or two off the podium, finished fourth.
With two more athletes ripping it up in the competition, in the Malahini Class B Shortboard Division, Brooke Hope, 10, placed fourth.