COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 7, 2012) – The USA Beach Junior Tour hosted the first annual Aloha Open on June 2 in Waikiki, Hawaii.
The tournament boasted impressive participation for its first outing, hosting 43 teams from across the state. The tournament was broken down into six age divisions: Boys’ 18 and under (18U), Boys’ 14U, Girls’ 18U, Girls’ 16U, Girls’ 14U and Girls’ 12U.
The Boys’ 18U age division was won by Silila Tucker and Nainoa Frank (Waimanulo), who defeated Ahren DePonte and Kolby Kanetake (Honolulu) in the championship match. James Tessier and Joshua Buted (Ewa Beach) shared third-place bragging rights with Marshall Gosling and Jacob Peterson (Honolulu.).
In the Boys’ 14U age division, Jake Choulijian and Cortez Feria (Honolulu) earned a second-place finish after falling to Ryan Wilcox and Jameson McKibbin (Honolulu) in the finals. Third place went to Christian Harvey and Braden Kimura (Mililani), who shared the title with Dru Pang and Charles Ehfan (Honolulu).
The Girls 18U age division crowned Loxley Keala and Carly Kan winners. The duo defeated Faith Maafala and Savannah Kahakai (Kapolei) in the championship match. Chelsey Keoho and Haley Paakuala shared third-place accolades with Clare Anderson and Britt Markwith (Honolulu).
In Girls’ 16U age division, third place went to Honolulu’s Malia Luis-Mateo and Ashelyn Jones and Waipahu’s Kelly Matthews and Haley Leong. First-place bragging rights went to Marina Adolpho and McKenzie Feldman (Kaneohe), who defeated Hoakalei Dawson and British Dawnson (Kailua) in the championship match.
Since the 16U and 14U age divisions ran at different times, British Dawson competed in both, walking away with two podium appearances.
After taking silver in the 16U age division, Dawson paired up with Averi Savador to compete in the 14U age division. Dawson and Savador tied for third place with Emma Pilotin and Amy Ozee (Pukalani). Teiana Cataldo and Brandee Markwith (Honolulu) claimed second place, finishing behind Madison Collier and Rika Okino (Honolulu).
In the youngest age division of the Aloha Open, the Girls’ 12U team of Moana To’oto’o and Tate Lutu (Honolulu) defeated Naya Dong and Leiana Leong to claim gold. Third place rights went to Erica Pilotin and Alexis Gonsalves (Pukulani), who shared the honor with Saryiah Kahakai and Talia Edmonds.