Lifeguards gear up for bodysurfing event
By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Dayton Morinaga
From October through March, lifeguards on O'ahu's North Shore rarely get a break because of the annual arrival of big waves.
All they want now is one good day of waves for themselves and their friends.
The Ke Kaha Nalu Hanana 'O Ehukai — A Bodysurfing Experience at Pipeline will run on one day between tomorrow and April 8 at the Banzai Pipeline.
It is a bodysurfing contest organized by the North Shore Lifeguard Association and sponsored by Quiksilver.
"We just wanted one day when we can go out and have some fun," said Rick Williams, a North Shore lifeguard and the contest director. "We're so busy during the winter months, and so this is kind of our chance to get out there and get some waves while putting on a community event as well."
Williams said the event will be restricted to 48 bodysurfers and "maybe 10 to 15" will be North Shore lifeguards.
Kailua's Steve Kapela, who won the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic last month, is entered along with veteran bodysurfers Mike Stewart and Mark Cunningham.
Williams said each bodysurfer will get to compete in at least two heats.
"We're waiting for a nice, 6- to 8-foot day at Pipe," he said. "And we don't want to make it like a regular contest, where you might get to surf in only one heat and then you're out."
In addition to the standard judging, the competitors will also have a say in the results. Each competitor will get to vote for categories such as biggest wave, longest ride, best tube ride and best style.
For information, visit www.northshorelifeguards.com.
SEAPLANE ON DISPLAY
The Billabong Hawaiian Clipper will be available for public display today on Maui and tomorrow on Kaua'i.
The Clipper was unveiled in January as "the ultimate surfing exploration craft." It was created to transport surfers to remote surf destinations.
The unique aircraft can land on both runways or the ocean.
It will be on display today at the Kahului Airport from 3 to 5 p.m. on Eena Road (next to the fire rescue station), and tomorrow at the Lihu'e Airport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Ahukini Road (near the commuter terminal).
MILLER BENEFIT PARTY
A benefit party for the Peter Miller's Surf Foundation is scheduled for tomorrow night at the Boardrider's Bar & Grill in Kailua.
Miller was a Kailua surfer and pilot who died in a plane crash this month.
Several professional surfers and surf companies are donating prizes for a raffle drawing. Among the prizes are surfboards from Fred Patacchia Jr., Sean Moody and Jesse Merle-Jones.
The event is scheduled to run from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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