Macedo adds to title haul with victory at Pohai Na Keiki Nalu

Summer Macedo won her third surf title in a week when she claimed the girls shortboard division at the 20th annual Pohai Na Keiki Nalu (Gathering of the Surf Kids) on Saturday at Launiupoko Park.

The meet drew over 130 competitors in nine divisions while raising more than $2,000 for Nanea Genovia, a 10-year-old St. Anthony School student who has leukemia.

Macedo, an 8th-grader-to-be at Sacred Hearts, won two titles in last Sunday’s Hurley at the Harbor contest in Lahaina, a Hawaii Surfing Association-sanctioned meet, taking the open girls and under-14 girls divisions. She also won the girls 12-13 HSA state title at Ala Moana Bowls on Oahu in May.

Macedo said her recent success helps her mentally.

“It makes you feel more confident in the lineup,” the 12-year-old Lahaina resident said. “Everyone kind of knows you and respects you.

“All these contests I’ve been doing, it trains your mind and prepares you a little bit more. It helps to get you in the groove.”

Macedo will look to continue her momentum when she and her brother, Ocean, travel to the Surfing America National Championships, which start June 18 in San Clemente, Calif.

Ocean Macedo, a 10-year-old 5th-grader-to-be at Sacred Hearts, won the 10-12 longboard division Saturday – defeating, among others, his sister, who was fifth.

Ocean Macedo did not want to lose to his sister.

“When we’re free surfing, she can backpaddle me and it’s annoying,” he said. “Like when I’m deeper, sometimes she tries to go around me.”

The 10-12 longboard division was the biggest, with 24 competitors. Ocean Macedo was third in 9-10 shortboard.

The siblings will be making their second straight trip to the national meet.

“I hope to make the finals because of my experience at state,” Summer Macedo said. “I think I might have a good chance.”

The other shortboard champions were Amadeo Quillayen (6 and under), Ty Simpson-Kane (7-8), TyTy Kirby (9-10) and Payce Duryea (11-12). The bodyboard winners were Kyle Kelmenson (9 and under) and Ramon Rode (10-12). Luc Guidroz took the 9-and-under longboard title.