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Duke's OceanFest swings into high gear

 Luana Silva © Ron Johnson

Duke's OceanFest

Waikiki Beach, Oahu Hawaii
17 - 25 August 2013

Action Packed Warriors, Keike & Soccer at The 12th Annual Duke's OceanFest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 August, 2013 : - - It was a great day to celebrate The "Duke" in Waikiki. Surf was up for the over 160 Keike who surfed where Duke Kahanamoku once surfed, at Queens Surf Break. A couple outstanding surfers were Rion Son and Shion Drawford who both made the final in long and short board. Angelina Yossa from the North Shore also made two finals along with Tiki Willis, Kaniela Stewert and Tosh Kekahuna.

Down the beach near the Outrigger Hotel where Duke once lived was the site of the Wounded Warrior Canoe Races. About 40 teams competed in the calm waters with very fast canoes. In the Wounded Warrior division it was team "ST" taking the title. On the team were David Matautia, Frank Lessary, William Cook and Manny Reil.

Coming up tomorrow is the HIC Pro.  The 2013 HIC Pro Junior is a $5,800 ASP Junior Men's and Women's Pro event at Queen's Surf in Waikiki. "HIC is proud to be a part of the Outrigger Duke's OceanFest, and we're committed to sharing the sport of surfing in the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku." said HIC Founder & President, Stephen Tsukayama. "The event provides Hawaii's young pros the opportunity to gain  points towards the ASP Junior Pro Tour and chart a path towards a professional career in surfing. Good luck and enjoy the ride!".

The Duke's OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii's ambassador of Aloha.  The 9-day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku's heart, such as longboard surfing, paddleboard racing, swimming, tandem-surfing, surf polo, beach volleyball, and more.

Don't miss this special opportunity to commemorate both the history and future of surfing at the Duke's OceanFest and the 2013 HIC Pro Junior!

Duke’s OceanFest Schedule of Events – August 17-25

August 17

Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony
Duke’s OceanFest officially welcomes competitors and fans with a festive ceremony, highlighted by the adorning of Duke Kahanamoku’s statue with beautiful fresh flower lei.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Keiki Sand Soccer Championship
GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! – Waikiki style! Ten-person teams of kids, with most going barefoot, will take to the beach in front of Fort DeRussy to score at sand soccer.

Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (Keiki Fours)
Youth is served! Four-person keiki teams will compete in this daylong volleyball tournament to be the champion of Waikiki Beach. Played on the Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Court.

August 18

Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta
In tribute to America’s Armed Forces and our Wounded Warriors, this special canoe regatta will feature a series of exciting and inspiring races in the waters off of Fort DeRussy.

Duke Kahanamoku Keiki Surf Festival
Hawai‘i’s future surfers will hit the waves of Waikiki in both short board and long board competitions. Boys and girls’ surfers will compete in three age divisions: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-13.

Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Masters Sand Soccer Championship
The grown-ups get to enjoy the fun and excitement of sand soccer, with 10-person teams taking to the beach at the Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Court.

August 19

Duke Kahanamoku Wahine and Kane Longboard Pro Am
Presented by ASP Hawai‘i, many of Hawai‘i’s best pro longboard surfers will vie to see who will be crowned as the king and queen of Queen’s Surf.

August 20

Honolua Surf Ultimate SUP Showdown
In a series of heats, many of Hawai‘i’s best at Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) will race on a marked course through the waves before finishing at the beach to capture the finish line flag. Heat winners will advance to the finals Showdown.

August 21

Capital One 360 Duke’s Day at the Beach
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Lifeguard Competition
Eight-person teams of lifeguards from Hawai‘i, California, New Zealand, and Japan will showcase their remarkable ocean skills in this demanding competition of diverse events that combines swimming, paddling, surf rescue, and beach flags racing.

AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surf Competition
Inspirational athletes overcoming physical challenges, including paralysis and amputation, will compete in this pro-style surfing contest. This two-day competition concludes August 22.

BearsWave.com – Tandem Expression Session
Some of Hawai‘i’s best surfing duets will demonstrate the strength, skill, balance, and artistry needed for successful tandem surfing. This two-day exhibition concludes August 22.

HIC Pro Junior (Men and Women)
Hawai‘i’s up-and-coming surf pros – age 17 and under – will showcase their ever-improving wave-riding skills. This two-day competition concludes August 22.

August 22

Waikiki Tandem Pro
This certified ITSA competition brings together some of the world’s best tandem surfers to showcase their artistry and crown Waikiki’s top surfing duet.

Alaia Exhibition Surf Session
It’s back to the future surfing! Skilled surfers will showcase their talents – and strength – in this exhibition using heavy wooden boards like the wave-riders of generations past.

Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner
Five honorees – Steve Borowski, Tommy Conner, Linda Kaiser, Bill Smith, and China Uemura – are being recognized for their lifetime of achievements and contribution to Hawai‘i’s waterman legacy. Tickets and information: wwwdukefoundation.org.

August 23

Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic
Sponsored teams of amateurs and accomplished athletes surf with the sport’s legends in this pro-style meet featuring heats, judges, a public address announcer, and exhibit booths. Net proceeds raised benefit ODKF’s scholarships and grants program. This two-day competition concludes August 24.

A Hawaiian Evening: History and Culture of Surfing – 1910 to 1970s
A pau hana talk-story presentation will be held at Duke Kahanamoku’s statue by author and surf photographer Tim DeLaVega about the history of surfing in Hawai‘i. Featured will be the centennial edition of The Surf Riders of Hawai‘i by A.R. Gurrey, Jr.

August 24

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Sunrise Birthday Lei Draping
The 123rd anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s birthday will be commemorated with a special ceremony at sunrise that includes the decorating of his statue with beautiful fresh flower lei.

Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim
This open ocean sprint along the Waikiki shoreline attracts hundreds of swimmers, including many from the mainland. Race starts in front of Duke’s Waikiki restaurant.

Hawai‘i Paddleboard Championship
“Duke’s Race” challenges both the speed and endurance of Hawai‘i’s paddle boarders in this grueling 10-mile sprint that starts at Maunalua Bay in Hawai‘i Kai and finishes in Waikiki at Queen’s Surf.

Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (Adult Doubles)
Two-person adult teams will compete in this daylong volleyball tournament to be the doubles champion of Waikiki Beach. Played on the Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Court.

Hawaiian 105 KINE Great Hawaiian Luau
Good friends, great times, ono food, melodic Hawaiian music, laugh-out-loud stories, and happy memories are the hallmarks of Duke’s OceanFest’s annual beachfront lu‘au staged on the outdoor lawn of the Waikiki Aquarium.

August 25

Duke Kahanamoku Open SUP Show Down
SUP individual competitors and teams have three challenging and diverse events to test their skills:
(1) SUP Race on a three-mile course along Waikiki Beach; (2) SUP/Surf Cross of one mile through the waves of Queen’s Surf; (3) SUP Surf Relay featuring five-person co-ed teams.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar Surfboard Waterpolo
Six-person teams will play water polo while on surfboards, just like how Duke Kahanamoku, his brothers, and fellow beach boys did in Waikiki back in the 1920s and 1930s. The daylong “surfpolo” tournament takes place at Kapahulu Groin in Waikiki.

Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (Keiki Doubles)
Two-person keiki teams will compete in this daylong volleyball tournament to be the doubles champion of Waikiki Beach. Played on the Kapi‘olani-Queen’s Sand Volleyball Court.

www.dukesoceanfest.com

Source: Banzai Betty

Author: Betty Depolito

Tags: Duke's OceanFest, Waikiki, Stand Up Paddle

Events: Surfersvillage

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