About HAST

The Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team (HAST) is a program of AccesSurf.  HAST originated in 2015 with 11 members from the islands of  Kauai, Oahu, and Hawaii.  Since it’s inauguration, HAST has helped develop 15 competitive adaptive surfers by providing over 200 hours of coaching support and skills development.  Coaching staff have included experienced professionals, such as Chris Courtois, (former professional windsurfer) and Rainos Hayes (current coach and team manager of Billabong Hawaii).  Our HAST Competitive surfers have entered world surfing competitions such as Haleiwa International Open, USA National Surf Competition, and the International Surf Association Adaptive World Championships, and have achieved success by taking 2nd and 3rd place as individual competitors.  The future of HAST looks to build on our successes through broader recruitment, expanded organization, and increased participation in international surfing competitions.

HAST Mission

Providing support and development for competitive adaptive surfers within Hawaii

HAST Vision

To provide a platform, guidance, and mentorship for adaptive surfers to reach their highest potential, and to assist with the progression and growth of the sport of competitive adaptive surfing.

Coaching Staff & Support Team

Team Manager: November Morris
Coach: Chris Courtois
Sponsorship & Development: Mark Marble
Water Safety Coordinator: Jerry Heller
Water Safety Assistant: Jonathan Gonzalez
Program Assistant: Buster Kawasaki

Team Roster

Team Captain: Rich Julian – AS3

Ann Yoshida – AS4  |  Bill Martin – AS4 | Buster Kawasaki – AS4 | Colin Cook – AS2 | Darian B Haynes – AS1
Diane Whitcomb – AS3 | Eric Welton – AS1 | Jesse Del Mar – AS4 | Jimmy Collins – AS4 | Justin VanBoer – AS1
Meira Duarte Va’a – AS3 | Mike Coots – AS1 | Tommy Counihan – AS1 | David Conner – AS1   
Ava Heller – AS5 | Victor Pullman – AS5 | Sarah Dean – AS1

Athlete Classifications

AS-1    – Surfers who ride waves in a standing or kneeling position.
AS-2    – Surfers who ride waves in a standing or kneeling position.
AS-VI   – Surfers who have a visual impairment.
AS-3   – Surfers who ride waves in a seated position.
AS-4   – Surfers who ride waves in a prone or laying down position.
AS-5   – Surfers who ride waves in any position and need assistance to paddle into waves and while in the water.

For more detailed classification info, click here.

Want to Join?

• All Prospects must have residence in the State of Hawaii
• Prospects must have a documented physical disability
• Prospects must display ability to swim independently
• Prospects are invited to attend Accessurf’s DATB, Swim and Surf Clinics for evaluation
• Prospects may utilize equipment if available
• Prospects outside Oahu may be selected by:
• Providing competition scores from any sanctioned surf contest
• Competing in AccesSurf’s Annual Adaptive Surfing Competition at Duke’s OceanFest Contest providing a successful display of potential
• Prospects will be invited to team upon selection

Please contact us for more information hast@accessurf.org

Want to Help?


HAST provides training to those who are selected to the Support Team that assists HAST atheletes at practices and compeitions. Syupport Team positions include Water Safety, Water Transfer, & General Operational Support. Please contact us via email – hast@accessurf.org – if you are able to help.


The Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team (HAST) is an AccesSurf program.  AccesSurf is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Donations are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

We are accepting donations towards operational costs, including purchase of the following equipment and supplies:

Wish List:

Equipment & Surf Board Repair kit
Water Proof Long Range Two-Way Radios (4)
Binoculars (3)
HAST Rash Guards
Team Uniforms for international competitions
Surf Watches for HAST Competitors
Video camera for training review
Screen for training video replay
Rescue Surf Boards for Water Safety (2)
Jet ski with life raft sled for Water Safety

If you are able to assist with a donation, please send us a message and tell us how you would like to help or click here to Donate.  Please note HAST on your donation.


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