Gov. Neil Abercrombie officially launched the initiative in Waikiki with the help of women’s world surf champion Carissa Moore. “It’s quite clear, when you think of Hawaii, you think of surfing,” said Abercrombie.
Talking about its impact on the educational system, he said “By putting the [Department of Education] behind it, we’re telling young people that they have another avenue now,” Abercrombie said. “They have another venue to express themselves and to commit themselves in terms of discipline and in terms of commitment to themselves and their education.”
Carissa Moore, the 18 year old champion said “I think it’s awesome, and it will open doors for kids. Surfing and riding a wave is so much like life. You fall down over and over again, but you keep picking yourself back up until you ride one all the way to the beach. I know that’s kind of cheesy, but I think surfing is definitely a really good outlet for a lot of teens and young kids. It’s a way to channel a lot of energy into something positive. It’s just really awesome.”
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