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Surf ’s up at school

| March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

To close, something light-hearted from Honolulu, Hawaii. The birthplace of wave riding has officially recognised surfing as a high school sport.

At an event in Waikiki, Carissa Moore, 18, recently crowned the Association of Surfing Professionals women’s world champion, made the announcement, flanked by Hawaiian education officials. Moore graduated in 2010 from Punahou Private School, which boasts another famous alumnus, President Barack Obama.

“Surfing has been a really big part of my life and has taught me a lot of valuable lessons: what hard work and perseverance can do, time management and how to stay organised,” said Moore, welcoming the move to put surfing on the curriculum.

The Hawaiian Education Department has cautioned students not to take surfing lightly. “Sports are a tremendous motivator for students,” said a spokesperson. “For students to participate on their surf team like any other athlete in the public schools, they will need to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and they will need to be there at school. [Surfing] will be a part of the culture of the school and the place to encourage student athletes and their commitment to education and themselves.”

Category: Autumn 2012

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