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Posted on: Friday, February 12, 2010

First stand-up paddle event up for grabs

 • Inspiring story of long ago Maui comes to life on stage


A weekly feature about surfing in Hawai'i. Submit comments or story ideas to dmorinaga@honoluluadvertiser.com or call 535-8101.

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The Sunset Beach Pro stand-up paddle surfing contest needs one more day of competition to determine a champion.

The first day of the contest was completed last week at Sunset Beach.

Maui teenager Slater Trout took the spotlight on the opening day, winning the Hulakai Trials. Trout, 15, won four trials heats to earn a spot in the main event.

Thirty-two surfers competed in the trials, and the top eight earned spots into the main event.

The second day of the contest started on Wednesday in wave-face heights that ranged from 20 to 30 feet. However, the waves became too big and unruly by mid-morning, prompting a postponement.

Three heats were completed in the big waves on Wednesday before the contest was halted.

Ekolu Kalama of Moloka'i was the standout of that day, pulling into a big barrel on the way to winning his heat.

Among the other top Hawai'i competitors still in contention for the final day are Duane DeSoto, Kainoa McGee, Kai Sallas, Bonga Perkins, Kekoa Uemura, Ikaika Kalama, Aaron Napoleon and Kalani Vierra.

The final day of the contest will be completed either today or tomorrow.

The Sunset Beach Pro is the inaugural event of the inaugural Stand Up World Tour. The Hawai'i event is the first of four stops on the 2010 tour. Subsequent events will be staged in France, Tahiti and California.

The top overall performer at the end of the tour will be crowned the inaugural world champion of stand-up paddle surfing.

For more information, visit www.watermanleague.com.


The 34th annual Buffalo's Big Board Surfing Classic will begin this weekend at Mākaha Beach.

More than 200 surfers from around the world are expected to compete in various wave-riding divisions during the five days of competition.

Divisions include longboard surfing, tandem surfing, canoe surfing, bully boarding, paipo boarding, traditional alai board surfing, team bodysurfing and team bodyboarding.

There will also be a special "Primo Beer Bombucha Division" for surfers who weigh 250 pounds or more. To assure that the surfers meet the weight requirement, they will have to step on a scale that has 250 pounds worth of Primo beer.

The contest is scheduled to run tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. It will also run on Feb. 20 and 21.

The event is run by legendary Mākaha waterman Buffalo Keaulana and his family.


The Keep the Ocean Blue North Shore Tow-In Surf Championship experienced a false alarm this week.

The contest was expected to run on Wednesday, but it was postponed due to a late-arriving swell. A full day of big waves is required to run the contest, and it was not big enough on Wednesday morning.

Contest officials want to run the contest in wave-face heights of at least 30 feet. They have until the end of March to wait for another large swell to arrive on O'ahu's North Shore.