Maui surfers earn five runner-up finishes at NSSA nationals

Imaikalani DeVault of Kula placed second in two divisions at the National Scholastic Surfing Association national championships that took place June 26-July 3 at Huntington Beach, Calif.

DeVault was the runner-up in open juniors (15 and under) with a 9.44, behind Honolulu’s Seth Moniz (15.50), and explorer juniors (17 and under) with a 13.76, behind California’s Jake Marshall (14.97).

Tony Nunez of Napili placed second in open mini groms, for youths 10 and under, with a score of 8.10, finishing behind Florida’s Tommy Coleman (16.10). In explorer super groms, also for youths 10 and under, Nunez finished third. Ocean Macedo was fourth and fellow Lahaina surfer Eli Hanneman was fifth.

Macedo also received the “Heart and Soul Award.”

Sierra Lerbeck was the explorer (all ages) women’s longboard runner-up with a 12.87. Kauai’s Honolua Blomfield won with a 13.50. Lerbeck finished fourth in open longboard.

Miles Serafica of Pukalani was second in explorer longboard with an 11.84. Fisher Grant of Florida won the division with a 14.00.

Kahului’s Kaimana Kinimaka was fourth in explorer men.