Waikïkï’s Premier Ocean Sports Festival
11th Annual Duke’s OceanFest in Waikiki
LOCATION: Duke’s Kahanamoku’s Statue
The morning blessing saw a left over south swell for the HIC Pro Jr. Men's event at Waikiki on Monday. The forty Jr. Men took charge of the 1-3 foot dropping surf pulling off high scoring off the lips and 360 spins. As the day progressed the waves dropped and the Queens break gems were scarce. In a hard fought duel Luke Shepardson from the North Shore of Oahu found himself on top. " It was pretty small but when the waves came it was fun," explained 17 year old Sheparson....
"It is good to have an event, keep active in the summertime, with all conditions, practice and get better all the time." Sheparson won $2,000.00 dollars and a wild card into the the ASP, Association of Surfing Professionals Mens event the HIC Pro Sunset.
With the declining wave size there were some tough paddle battles. Local Queens surfer Isaiah Moniz had an advantage but just fell short in the final with a second place check.
" This was a good event, it was small but if you got the right one it was ok", explained Moniz. "The Duke, he was the first major surfer out of Hawaii, he introduced it(surfing) to the world and well from what I understand he was a cool guy".
The Duke's Oceanfest continues tomorrow tuesday with the HIC Jr. Womens and Kane and Wahine Longboard surfing competition.
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.”
This coming 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.
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Results: ASP HIC Pro Jr. Men's Event, One Star Jr. Pro
Quarter 1: 1st Kylen Yamakawa 2nd Noa Mizuno 3rd Kaoliopuuwai Kahokuloa 4th Kaimana Kinimaka
Quarter 2: Isaiah Moniz, Luke Shepardson, Eala Stewart, Isaiah Moniz
Quarter 3: Joshua Moniz, Roy Carvalho, Kai Matsumoto, Tabin Shamblin
Quarter 4: Seth Moniz, Kain Daly, Kaito Kino, Jesse Guglielmana
Semi 1: Isaiah Moniz, Luke Shepardson, Kylen Yamakawa, Noa Mizuno
Semi 2: Kain Daly, Roy Carvalho, Joshua Moniz, Seth Moniz
Final: Luke Shepardson, Isaiah Moniz, Roy Carvalho, Kain Daly