Ala Moana Bowls was glassy with 1-3’ surf today for the first leg of the 3 part series of the Hawaii Surfing Championship annual event sponsored by Hawaii’s own noRep Boardshorts. The winds were absent all day and that made for some high performance surfing in some extremely warm weather - luckily the ocean is our playground.
The longboard division had some amazing surfing go down. One of the highlights of the longboard division was Isaac Kaneshiro from Ewa Beach getting his board skegged in a freesurf before his heat and having a ripped out fin box and about 10” of foam showing. Then surfing his early round heat using only the back fin of his thruster setup and still taking first place to move on to the final. Kaneshiro would end up placing 4th and $150 in the final with Kai Sallas in 3rd taking home $200 and Makmae Desoto in 2nd for $350. Taking the win was Nelson Ahina who laid it down to pocket $700 and the first place custom painting by Duran Caps Doll.
The contest will finish up this morning at Ala Moana Bowls with the shortboard division hitting the water from 11am -3pm.
Expect to see some amazing action.
The noRep Boardshorts Hawaii Surfing Championship was founded on with the intent, to eventually become a WSL qualifying event. According to the event organizer Tomas Kloosterboer “The goal is to allow local surfers to compete in Hawaii during the summer, and acquire much needed WSL points without having to rack up travel expenses by having travel around the globe when it can be done here.”
A big mahalo goes out to the event sponsors: noRep Boardshorts, Surf Garage, Kai Salas surf School, Nalu Health Bar and Cafe, Sun Bum, Matunas, SNN & Surfing the Nations. We couldn’t have done it without their support.