Known for its beautiful beach and serene wildlife refuge, the Virginia Beach, Virginia community of Sandbridge is a hot spot for vacationers looking for sand, surf and sun. But on Oct. 8th, the southeastern beach will be packed with standup paddlers for the annual Sandbridge Hei Hei.

Multiple races will be held for all different skill levels, including the Kahuna "Elite" Race, the Akahi "Novice/Recreational" Race and the Keiki "Kids" Race. The Kahuna Race will be a 4-mile surf and slalom course where competitors start on the beach and complete four laps that take them in and out through the surf. The Akahi Race will be a short 2-mile course and kids that are experienced in the water are encouraged to enter. The Keiki Race will have a fun obstacle course along with a new Parent/Child division that will take place with it.

Men's and women's divisions in the Kahuna Race will compete for cash prizes with the top three racers taking home up to $300.  First through third place prizes will also be awarded for each division.

After the race, there will be a raffle with great prizes, including a Quickblade paddle and YOLO SUP board.  The post-race party will be held at The Baja restaurant with lunch and live Hawaiian music, all included in the registration fee. All proceeds will go to The Kraig Vickers Memorial Fund in honor of late Sandbridge community member and avid waterman, Kraig Vickers. —Shari Coble

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