Maeda & Hennessy claim USA Surfing National Championships

Mahina Maeda

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One week after claiming the gold medal at the ISA World Junior Championships in Nicaragua, Mahina Maeda of Sunset Beach was crowned the 16 and under Queen of the country Saturday, taking top spot at the USA Surfing Championships in California.

The 15 year old survived a final heat war with former Hawaii resident Tia Blanco at Lower Trestles, adding to her remarkable summer trophy case.

Maeda wasn’t the only 808 surfer to be carried up shore waving the Hawaiian flag, as Kailua’s Brisa Hennessy lived up to the hype, claiming the under-14 national title.


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