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Duke's OceanFest finds winner in Kai Sallas



Duke's OceanFest

ASP 1-Star LQS
Waikiki, Oahu Hawaii
21 August 2014

Kai Sallas claims ASP 1-Star LQS event

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 August, 2014 - The gods sent the surf for the Duke's OceanFest on Thursday for the finals of the Association of Surfing Professionals one star long boarding contest. A stand out in the  competition was Maui Zane who is originally from Maui but lives and works in Waikiki.

The crowd was going off every time he threw a turn. The 24 year old was a favorite going into the event. The surf  was good, solid 2-4 with some higher sets, the best it has been according to second place mens finisher Duane DeSoto. DeSoto was behind from the get go and waves seemed to be scarcer than most of the heats all day, "It wasn't like we were doing the wave rounds cause I had to wait about five minutes for a wave",  said DeSoto. " "We still got bunched up in that final and we had to be aggressive out there."

It was Kai Sallas wrapping the bow around a win. Sallas was throwing some airs and scored a ten in his semi final, the highest  score of the event. In the final he lead from the start. Sallas is a local at Waikiki. His father was a beach boy and he carries on that tradition with his surf school. He also won the Alaia wooden board competition today surfing on a wooden board about 5 feet long, spinning his way to take yet another title.

The Women's division was tight. Honolua Blomfield from the North side of Oahu rushed when the horn sounded to get the first wave right off the bat, rode the nose and pulled a straight up turn that was insane. The 3 remaining Women took to the nose with long scoring traditional nose rides and smooth cut backs. It was really close and there was a count back in the final between Megan Godinez and Geodee Clark. Both are no strangers to Queens surf break. Both had epic wave selection battling back and forth as they have done many times before.  At the horn it was Clark edging Godinez out for the win.
The Duke's OceanFest continues tomorrow, Friday, with the Legends Team competition. Twenty teams are set to surf it off and as every year it will sure be a crowd pleaser. All this in Honor of legendary Duke Kahanamoku!

1) Kai Sallas
2) Duane DeSoto
3) Maui Zack
4)Ned Snow

1) Geodee Clark
2) Megan Godinez
3) Honolua Blomfield
4) Stacia Ahina

Al Hunt

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