When I watch surfing contests on-line I see all of the surfers are listed by their country. Places like Australia or France or Brasil or South Africa or New Zealand or USA are always placed by their names. But then I see all these surfers with Hawaii next to their name. So why is that? I don't see any other country being split into different groups? I don't see anyone being from New South Wales, or from Bordeaux, or from Rio De Janeiro. So why is that? Why does the tour allow this? Are surfers from Hawaii ashamed to be American? Did I miss something or is Hawaii it's own county now?
PS- I cant wait to hear all you "Hawaiians" chime in on this one.