Duke’s Oceanfest Kicks Off In Waikiki

Duke’s Oceanfest Highlights Hawaiian Ocean Fun
Live Global Webcast at dukefoundation.org
Televised Around Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Cable:
Digital Channels 250 & 1250

WAIKIKI, HI – The 9th annual Duke’s OceanFest got underway at Kuhio Beach today, kicking off four days of competition that includes 10 ocean sport events and 900 athletes from around the Pacific, all in celebration of Hawaii’s ultimate waterman: Duke Kahanamoku. While there is a swag of prize money and prestigious titles on the line, all 900 athletes participating this week will tell you that the true lure of OceanFest is to surf in honor of Duke and enjoy the same ocean playground where he grew up popularizing all of the ocean sports featured this week, and sharing his aloha with the world.

Hitting the shoulder-high south shore surf today were three of the 10 competitions:
-The Kicker Audio Presents: Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Classic (men’s longboard)
-The Gidget Pro Longboard (women)
-The Cabana’s Pool Bar & Nashville Waikiki Tandem Surfing Championship

It was a successful day for defending event champions from Hawaii with longboard surfers Kelia Moniz, Kai Sallas, and tandem partners Chuck Innam and Tiffany Rabalac, who all forged their way through to the business end of the deal with the finals to be decided tomorrow.

Former world #2 ranked shortboard surfer Megan Abubo (Haleiwa) couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to her childhood surf break of Waikiki today, taking up a longboard to participate in the Gidget Pro. She will also be competing in the C4 Waterman Surf SUP stand-up paddle race tomorrow.

“I grew up in Waikiki 'til I was 14,” said Abubo, now 32. “To come back to Waikiki really makes me feel like a kid again. The Waikiki beachboys taught me how to surf so it makes me feels like I’m paying back respect to them.

“Surfing in memory of Duke Kahanamoku is so special because he took surfing to so many different shores. He basically spread surfing and the Aloha spirit. I can’t name a single surfer from Hawaii who doesn’t look up to Duke. Everything he embodied is what we should all aspire to.”

Coming up tomorrow will be the AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surfing and the C4 Waterman Surf SUP Race, as well as the final heats of the men’s and women’s longboard and the tandem surfing.

Duke’s OceanFest is a benefit for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s (ODKF) college scholarships and athletic grants program that supports outstanding Hawaii scholar-athletes competing in water sports and volleyball. An auction of a one-of-a-kind Duke Kahanamoku longboard by Maui Longboards, as well as online and beach sales of commemorative 2010 Duke’s OceanFest t-shirts will go towards the ODKF college program.

Thursday, August 26 Sporting Events:
Kicker Audio Presents: Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Classic
Gidget Pro Longboard
AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surfing
Cabana’s Pool Bar & Nashville Waikiki Tandem Legends
C4 Waterman Surf SUP Race

Friday, August 27 Sporting Events:
Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic
C4 Waterman Surf-Off

Saturday, August 28 Sporting Events:
Corona Beach Volleyball Championships, Presented by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Surf Polo Tournament
Maui Jim Presents: 2010 Hawaii Paddleboard Championships – Duke’s Race
Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic
Corona Surfing Expression Session

RESULTS (current at time of issue)
Results listed in order of 1st through 4th. 1st & 2nd advance.
(Men’s Longboard)
Round 1:
H1: Kai Sallas (USA); Darren Eudaly (USA); David Carvalho (HI); Michael Sisiam (HI)
H2: Geoff Wong (HI); Kapono Nahina (HI); Zack Howard (USA); Makamae Desoto (HI)
H3: Troy Mothershead (USA); Tony Silvagni (USA); John Kepoo (HI); Terry Gillard (USA)
H4: Keegan Edwards (HI); Patrick Fukuda (HI); Dino Miranda (HI); Gerald Matthews (USA)
H5: Duane Desoto (HI); Kamu Auwae (HI); Len Barrow (HI); Nainoa Ciotti (USA)
H6: Nelson Ahina III (HI); Cory Hartwyk (USA); Kekoa Uemura (HI); Artie Castro (USA)
H7: Ned Snow (HI); Cole Robbins (USA); Russ Keaulana (HI); Steve Simpson (USA)
H8: Taylor Jensen (USA); Scotty Fong Jr. (HI); Laakea Davis (HI); Dennis Bourg (USA)

Quarter Finals:
H1: Kai Sallas (USA); Tony Salvigni (USA); Geoff Wong (HI); Patrick Fukuda (HI)
H2: Keegan Edwards (HI); Darren Eudaly (USA); Troy Mothershead (USA); Kapono Nahina (HI)
H3: Scotty Fong Jr (HI); Duane Desoto (HI); Nelson Ahina III (HI); Cole Robbins (USA)
H4: Taylor Jensen (USA); Kamu Auwai (HI); Cory Hartwyk (USA); Ned Snow (HI)

Round 1:
H1: Jennifer Koki (HI); Ashley Ahina (HI); Miku Uemura (HI); Kaitlin Maguire (USA)
H2: Kelia Moniz (HI); April Grover (HI); Kawehi Whitford (HI); Nava Young (Aus)
H3: Haunani Kane (HI); Megan Abubo (HI); Vanina Walsh (HI); Dina Horo (USA)
H4: Joy Monahan (HI); Sophia Bartlow (USA); Sweety Mossman (HI)
H5: Ashley Quintal (HI); Summer Romero (USA); Jennifer Lee (USA)
H6: Stacia Ahina (HI); Amy King (USA); Hana Harrison (HI); Tory Gilkerson (USA)
H7: Julie Whitegon (USA); Geodee Clark (HI); Megan Godinez (HI); Suzie Kauhane (HI)
H8: Lindsay Steinriede (USA); Kelly Nicely (USA); Claire Norman (Aus); Mia Melamed (HI)

Quarter Finals:
H1: Kelia Moniz (HI); Jennifer Koki (HI); Megan Abubo (HI); Sophia Bartlow (USA)
2: Joy Monahan (HI); Ashley Ahina (HI); Haunani Kane (HI); April Grover (HI)
3: Ashley Quintal (HI); Kelly Nicely (USA); Geodee Clark (HI); Stacia Ahina (HI)
4: Lindsay Steinriede (USA); Julie Whitegon (USA); Summer Romero (HI); Amy King (USA)

Advancing to Final:
Chuck Innam & Tiffany Rabalac (HI)
Christian Bartsch & Aimee Murai (HI)
Duane Desoto & Kathy Terada (HI)
Clay & Kristen Huntington (CA)
Eliminated in Semi Finals: Leleo Kinimaka & Megan Talabis (HI); Kalani Vierra & Kaleigh Rutt (HI)
Eliminated in Round 1:
Sean Remos & Baby Lee (HI); Ryan Hailstomes & Alexsandre Huntimes (HI); Jason Patterson & Kelly Roberts (HI); Ray Koehler & Tammy Mowery (CA); Charles Christianson & Myrah Burgh (CA); Brian & Cathy Stokes (VA)