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Hawaii: Top Athletes Surf, Dive Off Cliffs

Tatiana Weston-Webb (pictured) of Haiku burst on the surfing scene last year at 17, and at 23 Andrew Agcaoili of Oahu and his friends produce the incredible cliff diving footage covered earlier this month by the Huffington Post.

The two sports seem to draw more interest than the more traditional American sports of University of Hawaii Rainbow football and basketball.

We ran the Value Add Sports calculations on all returning athletes in the state and emailed sports writers and other experts in the state to help rank the 25 state players to watch on a list.

Surfer Duke Paoa Kahanamoku ranks as the greatest athlete ever from the state according to the December 23, 2012, Bleacher Report.

Weston-Webb had an incredible rookie year and is already challenging as the best women’s surfer in the world, and you can see why she has 22,000 followers watching her take on the waves on Facebook.

Going over to the university, Max Wittek quarterbacks the football team and Roderick Bodditt runs the point on the basketball court.

  1. Andrew Agcaoili and his friends, Oahu, cliff diving
  2. Tyler Larronde, HAIKU, Surfing
  3. Koa Smith, KILAUEA, Surfing
  4. Max Wittek, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Foot, QB
  5. Roderick Bobbitt, Hawaii, Basket, PG
  6. Seth Moniz, HONOLULU, Surfing
  7. Charlinda Ioane, Hawaii, Track/Field, Discus Throw
  8. Aaron Valdes, Hawaii, Basket, C
  9. Kalani David, SUNSET BEACH, Surfing
  10. Isaac Fleming, Hawaii, Basket, SG
  11. Quincy Smith, Hawaii, Basket, SG
  12. Tatiana Weston-Webb, PRINCEVILLE, Surfing
  13. Kennedy Tulimaseali, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Foot, DLine
  14. Joshua Moniz, HONOLULU, Surfing
  15. Alessa Quizon, WAIANAE, Surfing
  16. Mahina Maeda, SUNSET BEACH, Surfing
  17. Mike Thomas, Hawaii, Basket, PF
  18. Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii, Basket, C
  19. Luke Shawley, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Foot, DE
  20. Negus Webster-Chan, Hawaii, Basket, SF
  21. Ian Gentil, PAIA, Surfing
  22. Dax McGill, SUNSET BEACH, Surfing
  23. Brisa Hennessy, KAILUA, Surfing
  24. Bailey Nagy, SUNSET BEACH, Surfing
  25. Moana Jones, HALEIWA, Surfing

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