Ocean Sports and Fitness Day
BGCH members spent a day learning beach and ocean sports
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2016 - This past Saturday, over 125 of Hawaii’s keiki took to the surf at Kailua’s Kalama Beach during the 15th Annual Ocean Sports and Fitness Day.
HIC and Volcom once again partnered with the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) to give Hawaii youth the opportunity to learn to surf, bodyboard, paddle canoe and play volleyball. All in the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku.
The Ocean Sports and Fitness Day provides a unique opportunity for BGCH members to spend a day learning beach and ocean sports, health, fitness and ocean safety. The participating keiki come from five Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii locations around Oahu, including Waianae, Nanakuli, Ewa Beach, Honolulu and Windward Oahu.
For many of the keiki this was their first opportunity to learn to surf, even though they have grown up in the birthplace of the sport.
Surfing instruction was provided on the beach by Tammy Moniz of Faith Surf School, while bodyboarding class was lead by Jeannie Chesser. Each child is paired with a volunteer instructor, a soft surfboard or bodyboard, and then hits the waves. The list of instructors included local pros like HIC’s Josh Moniz, as well as Kaimana Henry, Kai Garcia, Tai Van Dyke, Kawai Lindo and Jason Shibata from Volcom.