Hawaii coaches give recruits surfing lessons

May, 2, 2011
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Hawaii coach Gib Arnold welcomed a pair of new players to the program and the Aloha State by helping them do as the Hawaiians do and catch some waves.

Dayton Morinaga of Warrior Insider has video of Arnold teaching incoming freshmen Dillon Biggs and Gerry Blakes how to surf on an idyllic Hawaiian day in a scene that was, well, pretty awesome for the Los Angeles-area natives to experience.

According to Warrior Insider, both players had already signed their national letters of intent before even taking their official visits and getting to go surfing.
Hawaii head coach Gib Arnold and assistant coach Brandyn Akana both surf in their spare time, so they provided the guidance and instructions for Biggs and Blakes.

"Well, I don't think we have to worry about either of them getting a surfing scholarship any time soon," Arnold said with a laugh.

As expected for first-time surfers, Biggs and Blakes spent more time falling into the ocean than riding the waves, but both said it was a priceless experience.

Arnold, who did the haka at Midnight Madness in his first season as coach, has gone shirtless once again to show how attractive his program can be with its natural advantages. That it was two recruits from Los Angeles who were able to do the surfing was no coincidence.

Arnold, the former USC assistant, has signed seven players from Southern California with his first two recruiting classes (one has since left the program) and also has USC transfer Davis Rozitis becoming eligible next season.

The ability to draw talent from one of the nation's recruiting hotbeds should pay dividends for Arnold after he led the Warriors to a 19-win season and an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament, the program's first appearance in the postseason since 2004.

Hawaii is leaving the WAC after next season to join the Big West, which is made up of mostly Southern California schools and will allow numerous opportunities for players to have their families watch them play.

And as evidenced by the surfing lessons, life in Hawaii isn't all that bad, either.

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