Top International Athletes to Compete at Duke’s OceanFest

In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with ‘Aloha,’ which means with love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship.
Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You’ll be surprised by their reaction.
I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku

The 12th annual Duke’s OceanFest will be held at venue sites throughout Waikiki, with the majority located just in front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue from Saturday, August 17, through Sunday, August 25, 2013.

Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) is regarded as Hawai’i’s greatest athlete, having won six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912 to 1932 and is also recognized as the “Father of International Surfing.” He was the first person inducted into both the International Swimming Hall of Fame (1965) and International Surfing Hall of Fame (1966).

The event attracts champion ocean athletes from all over the world. Jamie Mitchell, Connor Baxter, Vanina Walsh, and Candice Appleby will be attending this event. Jamie is a 10-time World Champion in the 32-mile Molokai to Oahu race. Connor is a fist place finisher in multiple prestigious watermen events, including the Standup World Series. Candice is a State and National Champion and a ambassador for multiple waterwomen events and other good causes. Teams from New Zealand will be competing in the
lifeguard competition and this year we will see an international contingent of tandem surfers.

The nine-day event is held each summer in Waikiki around Duke’s birthday, August 24th. The festival features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke’s heart: Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Board Water Polo, Beach Volleyball, and more!

Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com

Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com

There are several Standup Surfing and Paddelboard events slated during the nine days of competition at the Duke’s OceanFest:
Honolua Surf Company’s “Ultimate SUP Showdown” will be Tuesday, August 20th. This will be a series of heats through the surf and a race to tackle flags on the beach. This is a combination of SUP surfing and racing and some of the biggest names in paddling will be on hand for the “showdown”. This is a unique format that will showcase a multiple array of techniques.
On the 24th of August the “Duke’s Race” will challenge the long distance racers both SUP and prone in a 10-mile course starting in Hawaii Kai and finishing at the contest set up area on Waikiki Beach.
The “Duke Kahanamoku Open SUP Show Down” is slated for August 25th. In this discipline athletes will test their skills on a three mile course along Waikiki Beach with a “Surf Cross” of one mile through the waves and a “Surf Relay” consisting of a five person relay. These teams are co-ed teams making for a well rounded event!

Participants at these events will include top paddlers:
Dave Kalama
Connor Baxter
Jamie Mitchell
Travis Grant
Aaron Napoleon
Chuck Patterson
Zane Schweitzer
Candice Appleby
Vanina Walsh

The Honolua Ultimate SUP Showdown is a 32-man invitational and not a bad line up. The top eight surfers and the top eight racers (includes top two female athletes) from the surf and race competitions qualify for the “Showdown.”
The top eight athletes including the top female earn prize money.
For more information, visit: DukesOceanFest.com

Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com

Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com

Duke’s OceanFest Schedule of Events – August 17-25
(Visit DukesOceanFest.com for current information as the schedule is subject to change)
August 17
• Duke’s OceanFest Opening Ceremony
• Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Keiki Sand Soccer Championship
• Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (Keiki Fours)
August 18
• Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta at Fort DeRussy
• Keiki Surf Festival
• Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Masters Sand Soccer Championship at Kapi’olani Sand Volleyball Court
August 19
• Duke Kahanamoku Wahine and Kane Longboard Pro Am
August 20
• Honolua Surf Ultimate SUP Showdown
August 21
• Capital One 360 Duke’s Day at the Beach
• Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Lifeguard Competition
• AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surf Competition
• BearsWave.com – Tandem Expression Session
• HIC Pro Junior (Men and Women)
August 22
• Waikiki ITSA Tandem Pro
• Alaia Surf Contest
• Hawai’i Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner
August 23
• Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic
• Presentation at Duke Kahanamoku’s statue by author 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 123rd Birthday Lei Draping Ceremony
• Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim at Duke’s Restaurant
• Duke’s Hawai’i Paddleboard Championship
• Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (Adult Doubles)
• Duke’s OceanFest’s annual beachfront lü’au staged on the outdoor lawn of the Waikiki Aquarium.
August 25
• Duke Kahanamoku Open SUP Show Down
• Tiki’s Grill & Bar Surfboard Waterpolo at Kapahulu Groin in Waikiki.
• Duke Kahanamoku Sand Volleyball Championships (Keiki Doubles) on the Kapi’olani Sand Volleyball Court.

Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com

Photo: Ron Johnson, SurfPixs.com

ASP To Host The Hawaiian Island Creations Jr. Pro Surfing
Men’s & Womens & Pro Long Boarding Men’s and Women’s Events

Last season’s Junior Champions Mahina Maeda and Luke Shepardson will be defending their titles at the Duke’s Oceanfest at the famous Queens surf break. The HIC Jr. Pro will see the top junior surfers in Hawai’i battle it out for the title and valuable points on the Association of Surfing Professionals Tour. In the long board divisions past winners Crystal Dzigas and Kai Sallas are also set to compete for Queen and King of Queens Beach titles.

2102 Jr Pro Results
Jr. Mens Finalists: 1- Luke Shepardson, 2- Isaiah Moniz, 3- Roy Carvalho, 4- Kain Daly.
Jr. Womens Finalists: 1- Mahina Maeda, 2- Maluhia Kinimaka, 3- Mainei Kinimaka, 4- Moana Jones

Annual Duke’s OceanFest Raises Funds for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation

Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) is a public service nonprofit foundation whose mission is to support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is fondly remembered today as an exemplary human being with a generous aloha spirit. ODKF is a valuable organization that provides grants and scholarships for Hawai’i athletes participating in “Duke Sports” of swimming, waterpolo, surfing, paddling, kayaking, volleyball and more.
The ODKF will be recognizing the 2013 Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Inductee Class: Steve Borowski – Swimming, Tommy Conner – Paddling, Linda Kaiser – Open Water Swimming, Bill Smith – Swimming, Ocean Safety, and China Uemura – Surfing.


For information and registration, visit: DukeFoundation.org
Or, call: (808)545.4880
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