We're finishing up Today and will have it all for you Monday. Saturday was a Full Day of Sports in Duke Kahanamoku's Name.
Australia First in at the Swim; Team Kona Brewing win Legends; Kaeo Abbey and Andrea Muller Victorious in the Paddle
Yesterday was a full day in Waikiki in honor of the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Team surfing kicked off the long day and the waves were some of the best Waikiki has seen all summer. The team competition started off Friday on Duke's official birthday and concluded today in 2-3 foot perfect surf at the world famous Queens Surf Break. Teams battled it out for bragging rights and in the end it was Kona Brewing that had the most points..... Legend Wade Koniakowsky lead the way with excellent scores. Koniakowsky from Solana Beach California is also the official artist of the Duke's Oceanfest. The team included Atilla Jobbagyi, John Paul, Candice Appleby and Kai Sallas. Sallas also took the title in the longboarding Kane division earlier in the week.
The Winning KonaRed legends team: Atilla Jobbagyi, John Paul, Candice Appleby and Kai Sallas. Did they all drink some before the heat?
The Australia contingent in the swim race was hot. Taylor Rittenberg who is a student at the University of Hawaii was first in in the ladies division. " It was really good, the start was really clean, not too big of waves so it was fun", said 20 year old Taylor Rittenberg from Avalon, Australia after her win. " The waves were not that big. I was a bit worried about it but it was good." The race was fast, the ocean waves gave the swimmers a push on the one mile course.
Also from the land down under was Michael Shiel who was the first swimmer in at 16:55. He was just here from a race in California and he couldn't of been happier about being in Waikiki. " Yeah this is great, the warm sand beautiful clean water, it's just great."
There was beach volley ball today and a long distance paddle board race from Hawaii Kai to the beach at the Duke Statue. At 1:15:11minutes Kaeo Abbey hit the beach and not far behind was the first female Andrea Muller from Maui. Muller's time, 1:23.37. Congratulations to all the athletes competing with Aloha!
The 11th Annual Duke’s OceanFest concludes its nine-day run on
Sunday with sports competitions representing Waikïkï’s past, present, and future.
Duke’s OceanFest SurfPolo Tournament – 9:00am – 3:00pm
SurfPolo is water polo played on surfboards and its roots date back to Waikïkï Beach in
the 1920s, when Duke Kahanamoku’s family members and other beach boys began playing this
fun and exciting sport. Eight six-member teams will compete in Sunday’s SurfPolo Tournament, including lifeguards from Hawai‘i and California. LOCATION: Kapahulu Groin
C4 Waterman SUP Surf Spirit and Surf Off – 7:30am – 2:00pm
Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) continues to grow in popularity among today’s watermen and
waterwomen and Sunday’s thrilling competition will show why. In a series of heats, SUP
competitors will race from Waikïkï Beach into the surf, around a marked course, and back to the beach to capture the finish line flag. Heat winners in the morning will advance to the
championship race in the afternoon. LOCATION: Queen’s Surf near Duke’s Statue
Duke’s OceanFest Doubles Sand Volleyball Championship – 8:00am – 1:30pm
Hawai‘i’s future, teens age 18 and under, will compete in this two-person team beach
volleyball tournament, including co-ed teams. Organizing the tournament is Kevin Wong
professional beach volleyball player and member of the U.S. team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Wong recently returned from the London Olympics, where he served as a TV broadcast analyst for the beach volleyball competition. LOCATION: Kapiolani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Court Waikïkï’s premier ocean sports festival, the 11th Annual Duke’s OceanFest features a
variety of competitions and special events over nine days, August 18-26. Presented by the
Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) and several community-minded sponsors,
Duke’s OceanFest is dedicated to promoting Hawai‘i’s ocean sports heritage while perpetuating the memory of Duke Kahanamoku, Hawai‘i’s greatest Olympian and the “Father of
For information about Duke’s OceanFest and ODKF, visit www.dukefoundation.org.