Sandy's Half Point took first place at the Hawaii Surfing Championship!
The Hawaiian Surfing Championship started off at Full Point Sandy's in great conditions and just got better. Halfway through the day when the swell filled in and the tide got just right it shifted over to Half Point and the competitors could not have been more amped! When the first longboard heat paddled out at Half Point, Nelson Ahina started it off with an aerial Superman attempt and the crowd on the beach erupted and didn't sit down until the contest was over!
It was about as good as it got for Sandy’s: spitting barrels peeling left and right. In the shortboard division, Sandy Beach regular Kekoa Cazimero took first place with a backdoor barrel on the left that earned him a 10 point ride. Kainoa Haas was also on fire, finishing second after nearly landing a rip rodeo flip.
For the longboard division, Nelson Ahina was unstoppable and was manhandling Half Point. Scotty Fong also put on a great show with super long barrel rides.
By winning both of their divisions, both Ahina and Cazimero became the 2015 Hawaii Surfing Championship Champions, earning a Sean Davey canvas to go with their prize purse.
Congrats to all the competitiors for coming out and putting on an epic show. The real winner was Sandy Beach for providing epic conditions to showcase Hawaii’s incredible surfers competing at the highest level.
Towards the end of the day, a special moment came when Isaiah Moniz was awarded the Mana Walthall award for his mana and aloha, taking home one of Mana’s original prints. Then, right after sunset Humble Soul lit up the beach with a live concert to wrap up a perfect day.
A special thank you goes out to the sponsors:
Kona Brewing Company
Kai Salas Surf School
Matunas Surf Wax
Nalu Health Bar & Café
Scary Blanket Productions
Sean Davey Photography
And our Judging Panel:
Makani Mcdonald, Kristian Mcdonald, Renee Harada, Anthony Ferriero and Noa Terada-Pagdilao.
We couldnt have done it with out them.