Pictured. The Access Hawaii Ohana.
Waikïkï’s Premier Ocean Sports Festival. 11th Annual Duke’s OceanFest
New Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Inductees Thursday night At Outrigger Canoe Club
LOCATION: Duke’s Kahanamoku’s Statue, Waikïkï Beach
The Duke's Oceanfest continued today with a Tandem expression session, Lifeguard Flag Competition and AccesSurf hit the water for their second day.
Defending champion John Davis was once again victorious in the sitting final and was excited to be in Waikiki. " I was fortunate enough to channel some of the energy that Duke provides all of us and have a great session", said John Davis after his win. "This is a prestigious event for everyone and it is great also for the adaptive surfers."
In beach flags the hotly contested event was the "beach boy" heat. Sand was flying and in the end Buttons Kaluiokalani and Tommy Chorman were neck and neck grabbing the stick. It was Buttons though that garnered the most respect to take the win.
John Dugan / AccesSurf Winner
It was an expression session for tandem and the team of four had the spectators giving the nod. The team of Moses Paskowitz, Anelah Collins, Alanna Kriz and Lylah Collins were the stand outs riding four on the board and doing lifts, it was spectacular.
Polly Chambers & Krystal Apeles Tandem Winner
The Duke's Oceanfest continues Friday with the Legend Team division. Tonight there will be four famous surfers inducted into the hall of fame at the Outrigger Canoe Club. Led by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation the Hawaii Waterman Hall of fame is paying tribute to Hawaii's extraordinary waterman athletes of more modern times. Hawaii's watermen and waterwoman have been vital to the cultural heritage of the Hawaiian Islands. It is their aura of unmatched qualities that make these island so special to everybody world-wide. This years inductees include Richard Grigg, Archie Kalepa, Brian Keaulana and Michael Alan Poi Wo Tong. Learn more about these special people on the website, www.dukesoceanfest.com.
Duke’s OceanFest is dedicated to promoting Hawai‘i’s ocean sports heritage while perpetuating the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Duke Kahanamoku is regarded as Hawai‘i’s greatest athlete, winning six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912-1932. Revered worldwide, Duke
is recognized as the “Father of International Surfing” and later in life was honored with the distinction of being named as Hawai‘i’s official “Ambassador of Aloha.”
Friday, August 24, will mark the 122nd anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday (Date of birth: August 24, 1890).
Duke’s OceanFest is presented by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF). ODKF is a public, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku.
For more information about Duke’s OceanFest and ODKF, please visit www.dukefoundation.org.