Haliewa local, Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW), got her big win at this very event last season, which secured her first appearance on the CT. Unfortunately, the Mid-Season Cut was not favorable to the Hawaiian, and she spent the rest of the season competing on the Challenger Series to requalify.
Now, Sakura Johnson is once again in striking distance of rejoining the world’s best and is hoping for repeat performance to claim her spot on the 2023 CT.
“The moment to requalify again would mean a lot,” said Sakura Johnson. “This year has just been a big learning experience. Before the Challenger Series (last year) I wasn’t really competing as much. I’ve just put so much hard work and focus into my surfing to really just improve, and progress on it.”
Sakura Johnson’s road to requalification ends at the Haleiwa Challenger along with CT hopefuls looking to make their mark such as former CT competitors Bronte Macaulay (AUS), and Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), along with rising star Alyssa Spencer (USA), long-time qualification threat Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), and many more.