Ezekiel Lau showing some skill © Ron Johnson
HIC Pro Juniors
Waikiki Beach, Oahu Hawaii
17 - 25 August 2013
Juniors ripped up the small kine at Queens Surf
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2013 : - - The Pro Juniors were on today at Queens Surf in challenging 1-2 footers that tested their high performance skills. Patience was the call of the day with Ezikiel Lau pulling off the win. Lau won $2,000.00 for his efforts, bragging rights and ASP points.
"It was a challenging day, I knew I had to get good waves", said Ezekiel Lau after the win. "I had fun, took out a fun board and just made it happen."
Thoughts were also on fellow surfer Jimmy Ulu Napiahi who was supposed to be in the competition but a shark changed that. He was bitten at home on the Big Island. "We grew up with him, I was real sad when I heard about it", explained Lau. "I have seen them and just bolted out of the water, but yeah we are praying for him."
Second place went to Roy Carvalho who surf solid all day in the small surf, he took home $900.00. Third was Ej Mitsui, and 4th from Maui Imaikalani Devault, who at just 15 is about to embark on a Jr. Pro career.
This event was sponsored by Hawaiian Island Creations, HIC, who are solidly behind and supporting Junior surfing. "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.
In the Women's division the finals are set. Finalists include Bailey Nage, Moana Jones form the North Shore of Oahu, Meah Collins from San Clemente California and Maluhia Kinimaka from Kauai's north shore. The women's final will be held on Wednesday.
Coming up tomorrow is the Honolua Ultimate SUP event. Honolua Surf Co.'s Ultimate SUP Showdown is a Boyd event! There are 32 pro athletes for the invitational event which will have an exciting new format great for spectators as well. Professionals Travis Grant and Jamie Mitchell from Australia will be part of the contestants and from NZ Daniel Kereopa. The event includes SUP surfing and SUP racing with the "showdown" at the end.
"This is a good week to be in Hawaii for the Duke's birthday", remarked Jamie Mitchell. "The SUP Showdown is a good format and I really like it when people come up with new designs. This should be a great competition."
Duke Kahanamoku's birthday is August 24th. It is the 123rd celebration. There will be a lei draping at 6am that morning.
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.
Source: Banzai Betty
Author: Betty Depolito
Tags: Duke's OceanFest, Ezekiel Lau, HIC Pro Junior