High School Surfing in Hawaii

High School Surfing in Hawaii

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Kapolei High School started this petition to Kapolei High school Students

Coming from the surreal island of Oahu, Hawaii, it's safe to say that surfing has a clear impact on the life here. Surfing is one of the intense action sports in the world that just so happened to originate in Hawaii. A few schools in Hawaii, both public and private, have started up surf clubs/teams (ie; Kamehameha, Farrington, Kalaheo, Iolani, Mid Pacific). To add to that, Pepperdine University has also granted students with surfing scholarships. Furthermore, surfing, as of 2020, is an OLYMPIC sport. The OIA (Oahu Interscholastic Association) doesn't recognize it as a sport, hence why we don't have a any ocean sport team. With understanding that there is a lot of liability that comes with surfing, we can’t forget that as of 2016 there were 118,886 high school football injuries. In surfing, there has been 1.79 major injuries occurred for every 1000 hours of surfing. If you do the math, that is about 16 severe injuries per year... Yes, Mother Nature is an undeniably strong force that can't be beat but looking at the statistics, the injuries sustained whilst surfing are 1) a lot less significant than high school football injuries and 2) weren't nearly as bad as that of high school football. The conversation of surf contests now arise. there is a state-wide surf series for high school students called  HSA (Hawaii Surfing Association). Here, competitors are to compete with fellow high school surfers in hope of making it to a nation-wide competition held in California. Then, concerns around costs come up. A simple answer is fundraising. Knowing that the surf community is well knit, it makes it very easy for connections to arise and be taken advantage of. Kapolei High School has an immediate place to train just behind the school and more intense training can be done on weekends at places of competition at times when lifeguards are on duty. 

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DISCLAIMER: Please don’t feel the need to donate money! This is a relatively new thing that I’m not 100% confident will convince our schools. Thank you for the support!

 

 

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