Bethany & Alana host another stoked filled annual Keiki Classic on Kauai.

Pic: Bethany Hamilton and the girls winners © Rip Curl

Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard Second Annual Keiki Classic

Pinetrees, Kauai Hawaii
25 – 26 October 2014

Kauai’s most famous women give back at local grom event

Surf News Network, 4 November, 2014 The Bethany and Alana Keiki Classic took place  Saturday, October 25 at their home break of Pine Trees, Hanalei, Kauai. The surf competition brought out the local community for a full day of surfing, beach games and the opportunity to interact with Bethany and Alana – everyone walked away with smiles on their face.

It was a beautiful day at Pine Tree’s with light winds and 2 foot swell, perfect conditions for all ages and for the kids to have fun in the water. The contest was formatted differently this year with looser judging, each contestant surfed in 2 heats and they were ranked on the best wave 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 ran beach games for the kids in-between heats; both Bethany and Alana couldn’t resist playing along with all of the kids.  “We had a lot of fun games and the kids are all into it, its fun just seeing the community and families’ coming together and hanging out, its not a serious contest, but just having fun” says Hamilton.

“All we wanted was for the kids to have fun and enjoy the event and to enjoy being with each other” says Blanchard. “My favorite part of today was interacting with the kids and playing dodge ball and tag, and just being a kid again.”

Bethany received some great submissions for her essay contest, competitors were asked to submit an essay describing who the most influential person is to them and what they have learned.  The entries were so great Bethany had a hard time choosing just two winners so three girls were awarded for their great essays!  Alana also awarded four groms with her very own surfboards and GoPros, these kids emulated great sportsmanship throughout the day.   Lastly, Rip Curl also ran a photo of the day contest via Instagram, and the winner of the day was also awarded with a GoPro!  Check out all the Instagram posts from the event through #KeikiClassic.

A special thank you to Hanalei Surf, Bethany and Alana 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 – FlexFit, SPY, Cobian, Reef, GoPro, Future Fins, and Ormco.

Girls 10/Under:
1st Place – Leilani Weber
2nd Place – Anya Shockley
3rd Place – Kaia Krest
4th Place – Nohea Brandenburg
5th Place – Piper Sheehan
6th Place – Sydney Doi

Boys 10/Under:
1st Place – Tommy Hamai
2nd Place – Cole McFray
3rd Place –  Tahaki Papke
4th Place – Stone Abubo
5th Place – Zach Herman
6th Place – Kai Mootz

Girls 14/Under:
1st Place – Sydney Maczka
2nd Place – Gabriela Bryan
3rd Place – Ashlynn Owings
4th Place – Kahealani Bapke
5th Place – Kahlil Shockley
6th Place – Kelta O’rourke

Boys 14/Under:
1st Place – Kainehe Hunt
2nd Place – Cambell Sheehan
3rd Place – Cole Frye
4th Place – Reece Leonard
5th Place – Kai McIntyre
6th Place – Liam Buchanan
7th Place – Ryder Guest

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