June 9, 2016 – Kailua, Hawaii – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard took first place in three of five Active-Duty divisions this past Saturday at the HIC/Quiksilver All-Military Surf Classic, clinching the prestigious “Top Branch” Award for the Coast Guard. Though small surf prevailed it couldn’t dampen the fierce competitive spirit and camaraderie of the surfers at this annual event – which hit a milestone with it’s tenth year running at Oahu’s White Plains Beach.
Presented by MWR-Hawaii, the event is open to active duty and retired US Military and Department of Defense personnel, retirees, and their dependents. Over one hundred and forty surfers competed in fifteen divisions, including Open and Active Duty categories for shortboard and longboard surfing. It’s quite a family affair with competitors ranging from military retirees in their sixties to a quickly expanding keiki division for kids twelve years old and under. Many of these military families can be found each weekend surfing this same stretch of beach on the former Barber’s Point Naval Air Station.
The U.S. Coast Guard’s domination of the Active Duty divisions was led by first place finishers Johnny Dodge – 30 and over Longboard, Brooks Koegel – 30 and over Shortboard, and Tyler Peterson – 17 to 29 Shortboard. Other notable performances came from Logan Harris with her first place finish against the boys and girls of the Keiki division, Austin Prevatt who won the 13 to 17 Open Shortboard with high-performance small wave surfing, and Preeya Prasao who styled her way to first place in the Open Women’s Longboard division. Congratulations to all of the event champions and division finalists.
The All-Military Surf Classic is organized by Marvin Nuestro and the White Plains Lifeguard staff, with the support of MWR-Hawaii, whose mission it is to improve the lives of US Military Personnel and their families. A special mahalo to Quiksilver, Roxy for their continuous support of the All Military Surf Classic throughout the years.
Mahalo to all the brands that provided prizes for the finalists, including Quiksilver, Roxy, Amuse, Billabong, Bubble Gum, Catch Surf, Da Fin, FCS, Go Pole, Gorilla Grip, Hurley, Kicks, Knekt, Matunas Wax, Nose Guard Hawaii, On A Mission, Reef, Rip Curl, Skull Candy, Solarez, Sunbum, Vans, Von Zipper & Xcel.
Hawaiian Island Creations and Quiksilver are honored to support the men and women of the US Armed Forces who proudly serve our country. Stay safe, keep surfing and enjoy the ride!
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FINAL RESULTS: ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY:
Men’s Shortboard – 17 to 29:
Men’s Shortboard – 30 & Over:
Men’s Longboard – 17 to 29
Men’s Longboard – 30 & Over
Women’s Longboard – All Ages
2016 Top Branch Award: U.S Coast Guard
Keiki Boys & Girls – 12 & Under
Boy’s Shortboard – 13 to 17
Men’s Shortboard – 17 to 29
Men’s Shortboard – 30 & Over
Women’s Shortboard – All Ages
Women’s Longboard – All Ages
Men’s Longboard 34 & under
Men’s Longboard – 35 to 49
Men’s Longboard – 50 to 59
Men’s Longboard – 60 & Over