Conner Baxter tops SUP event at OceanFest

Candice Appleby, Connor Baxter, Mo Freitas and Travis Grant

Duke's OceanFest

Honolua Ultimate SUP Showdown
Waikiki Beach, Oahu Hawaii
20 August 2013

It's all about SUP and Duke Kahanamoku at The 12th Annual Duke's OceanFest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 August, 2013 : - - Stand Up Paddle Boarding, SUP, is the rage around  the world. It is said that Duke Kahanamoku was the first surfer seen on the waves with a paddle. In that spirit the SUP games began today at the Duke's OceanFest with the Honolua Ultimate SUP showdown presented by Boyd Events.

The Honolua Ultimate SUP Showdown was a series of races and surfing to make it into the "Showdown" race at the final. There were 16 men and top two Women in the final race. In the Race Final  it was Connor Baxter, Riggs Napoleon & Kaeo Abbey, third. In the Surf Finals Mo Freitas, Aaron Napoleon and Bonga Perkins was 3rd. 

It was the Ultimate Showdown that had the beach cheering loudly. There was a bit of a rough and tumble start as racers crashed into each other. Aaron Napoleon got bumped and and Noa Ginella took the outside but ended up in the water and catching up. The action was fast around the course and It was Connor Baxter  just ahead of Travis Grant, Aust. at the end for the win. It was a close race down to the wire as both riders caught a tiny runner wave into the beach.

" We were neck and neck", said Connor Baxter. "I caught a tiny wave and I though I had him then he went over the top and he was right beside me. It was close I just put my head down and paddled!" Baxtor raced up the beach and jumped over the tape for a super exciting finish. 

Travis Grant from Australia really pushed the race, he had a good start but was just short ending up in second. "The biggest thing is to not make any mistakes", said Grant. " I tried to lead the way but Conner is just a bull... He's ten years younger and he just skips a way every time."

Results were Connor Baxter, Maui, Hawaii , Travis Grant, Aust., Zane Schweitzer, Hi,  Matt Becker,Ca.,  Mo Freitas, & Jamie Mitchell, Aust.

"I was just happy to be on the podium", said Mitchell. " It's always exciting to race in and out of the surf... Duke's one of my all time heros and an all time great waterman so it is nice that Hawaii celebrates that. He was the king of Aloha." Mitchell ended his charge in 6th place overall.

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. – 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:

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.

Source: Banzai Betty

Author: Betty Depolito

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

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