Famed surf spot Queen’s lies in the heart of Waikiki Beach, where the father of modern-day surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, mixed Hawaiian culture and his beloved art of heʻe nalu, surfing. With pristine blue waters and a sunny-to-partly-cloudy daily forecast, Waikiki is a renowned landmark, proving to be one of the world’s most famous and sought-after beaches in history. For decades, hordes of visitors have been attracted to the beach’s alluring chaos of rental boards, surfing canoes, and the random floating tourist. But amid the confusion you’ll find a crop of multi-talented surfers who move with poise and grace, seamlessly weaving their way through the busy line up.
Dubbed the “Waikiki Groms,” there is a growing number of energetic tweens and teens who have racked up local as well as international, prestige. These 11 to 18-year-olds have garnered a growing reputation as some of the best on a longboard. In this core group of girls and boys, some are siblings and cousins, and all have a close-knit relationship with one another.
Recently the crew has been taking their talent abroad into international events such as the Noosa Festival of Surfing and the MexiLogFest even a few of them winning the events. They are just getting started on showcasing their talent but by the time they all get their high school diplomas, I wouldn't be surprised if one or a few them have world titles to speak for by then.
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