Community Surf Contest Brings Some Fun and Games to the Next Generation of Surfers
Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard, two of the most influential female surfers in the world, in partnership with Rip Curl and Hanalei Surf Company, hosted the third annual Bethany and Alana Keiki Classic on Sunday, April 17th at their home break of Pine Trees, Hanalei, Kauai. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 16th, but due to impending swell the event was moved to Sunday for safety reasons. The surf contest brought out the local community for an exciting day of surfing, beach games and the opportunity to interact with Bethany and Alana.
It was a rainy day at Pine Trees with gusty winds and challenging conditions. Unfortunately, due to the conditions the 10 and under boys and girls were not able to surf; instead the kids participated in competitive beach games. The boys 11-14 surfed two heats and a final and the girls 11-14 surfed one heat and a final. The competitors were judged on their best wave of the heat to advance to the finals. The goal of the surf contest was to create a relaxed, fun environment for the kids to practice their skills and compete against their friends and peers.
Bethany’s husband Adam, along with Ward Niccore from Young Life Hawaii, ran beach games for the kids in-between heats; both Bethany and Alana joined in on the fun.
I love being able to get to know the youth of Kauai and see the up and coming talent here at the Keiki contest. It is really important to me to give back, so I am stoked it has become an annual event.
For Bethany, the event is an opportunity to positively impact the local youth and promote education, which is why she hosted the Keiki Classic Essay Challenge. Competitors had the option to submit an essay the day of the event describing how drugs and alcohol can take you away from your passions and dreams. Bethany received some great submissions for her essay contest. She chose two winners, who received Rip Curl Maui Mini watches, but was extremely impressed with all of the entries. The winners, Sydney Maczka and Kahlil Shockley, wowed the crowd as they read their powerful essays aloud during the award ceremony.
A special thank you to Hanalei Surf for helping put on such a great community event! Also, thank you to all of the companies who contributed prizing to stoke all the kids out – Rip Curl, GoPro, FlexFit, Sticky Bumps, Cobian, SPY, Futures Fins, SMS Audio, Crush, Pink’s Creamerie and Ormco. Thank you to Jamba Juice Hawaii for being on site providing free smoothies to all event participants and attendees.
Girls 11-14 Finalists:
1st: Keala Tomodo Bannert
2nd: Gabriela Bryan
3rd: Angelina Yossa
4th: Syndey Maczka
5th: Anya Shockley
6th: Kahealani Papke
Boys 11-14 Finalists:
1st: Sage Tutterow
2nd: Cole Frye
3rd: Sammy Gray
4th: Keliko Pa
5th: Kainehe Hunt
6th: Tahaki Papke
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