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Hawaiians, Kalani Vierra and Krystle Apeles from Kauai won the Pakaloha Bikini Tandem Surfing World Championship Friday June 28th.
1-3 foot surf graced the event at the birthplace of Tandem Surfing, Waikiki!
This was an International Tandem Surfing Association, ITSA event with a $4,000.00 purse.
Alika Willis & Leslie Sanchez (HAW) stole the show in second place. The pair are two years new to the sport and flowed smoothly in second with outstanding wave knowledge and high scoring lifts.
The defending World Champions from France, Rico Leroy & Sarah Burel, ended up in third and Hawaii’s Leleo Kinimaka and Lauren Oiye placed fourth.
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Kalani Vierra and Krystl Apeles Erickson Win 2019 Pakaloha Bikinis Tandem Surfing World Championship
Having claimed the world title in both 2015 and 2017, this is the Vierra/Apeles team’s third ITSA world championship win, with Vierra holding an additional four ITSA world champion crowns with previous partners.
This year’s culminating event for the title was held in conjunction with the John “Pops” Ah Choy Surf Fest held on July 28 in the heart of Waikiki at the Queens surf break. Conditions were challenging with inconsistent, small 1-3 foot surf, so in addition to surfing ability, this team had to rely on their acrobatic skills in order to maximize their scoring capacity throughout the competition.
Tandem surfing is a very specialized discipline within the sport of surfing because it consists of two surfers on one surfboard, riding a wave while simultaneously performing acrobatic lifts and stunts. Scoring is based 50/50 on surfing and acrobatics combined.
This year, teams representing USA, Hawaii, South Africa and France competed in the annual world championship contest.
The ITSA would like to recognize their key sponsors for this year’s world championship event:
Pakaloha Bikinis, Title Sponsor
Handmade, colorful Brazilian bikinis, apparel and accessories found at their new boutique in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (www.pakalohabikinis.com
SeaHawaii, Major Sponsor
“Love the Ocean!” Quality ocean apparel to keep you comfortable and protected from the sun both in and out of the water (www.seahawaiiapparel.com
). SeaHawaii celebrates 30 yrs as a Native Hawaiian owned and operated Eco-marine tour. Specializing in Dolphin and Snorkeling tours. A once in a lifetime adventure! Visit them on Instagram #seahawaii..or seahawaii.com
Da Hui Wax
“All Grip. No Slip. Stick It.” Created and tested by Hawaii’s top surfers with a grip like no other wax (www.dahuiwax.com
In addition to Vierra and Apeles, three other teams advanced to the final round of the day. Final round scoring is listed below:
Kalani Vierra/Krystl Apeles (HAW): 13.73
Alika Willis/Leslie Sanchez (HAW): 10.83
Rico Leroy/Sara Burel (FRA): 10.63
Leleo Kinimaka/Lauren Oiye (HAW): 10.00
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