SIC Maui Youth Development Team At Hanohano 2018

Some of the SIC groms posing with coach Mike Eisert of The Paddle Academy.

The SIC Youth Development Team had an awesome outing at the 2018 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge over the weekend. Known to be the kickoff event of the 2018 race season, Hanohano set the tone for a fierce and fun season to come with racers off all ages and skill levels putting everything on the table for this first race of the year.

Several SIC Maui “Rocket Ships” ready to roll at Hanohano 2018.

SIC groms Jade Howson, Keaton Rose, Zeke Rose, Kaitlin Harvey, and Riley Jaggi all competed in the event. Coach Mike Eisert of the Paddle Academy, who trains SIC's Southern California youth athletes throughout the year, was there as well, getting them prepared and warmed up for the race.

Jade Howson leading a pack of racers in the beginning of the race.

Just as the green flag waved, the sun creeped out and the SIC groms were off with the crowd. Jade had an impressive performance in the women's division, closely trailing Shae Foudy up to the finish line, taking second place by less than a board length and beating out April Zilg.

Keaton Rose and Kaitlin Harvey after the Hanohano 2018 race.

Keaton took second in the U16 Mens SUP 14.' In the U14 Mens SUP 12'6" division, Zeke claimed second place and new SIC grom Riley took seventh. SIC's youngest female athlete Katilin, came in at third place in the U14 Womens SUP 12'6". Jade, Zeke, Riley, and Kaitlin all raced on the  SIC Maui RS 12.6.

Congratulations to the SIC Youth Development Team on a great first event of the year!

SIC grom Riley Jaggi smiling with his RS 12.6.