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HOME arrow EDITORIALS arrow Stand Up Paddle Surf and Big Waves: QuicksilverEdition Ku Ikaika Challenge
Stand Up Paddle Surf and Big Waves: QuicksilverEdition Ku Ikaika Challenge PDF Print E-mail
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine   
Friday, 18 January 2008
When I caught word of this, I was stoked! I had heard rumors for a few months about the possibility of a stand up paddle big wave surf contest and here it is. Let's all pray for rockin' WNW swells and light trade winds. Here's the info in a nutshell, and for full details check out the official press release posted C4 Waterman.
DATE: Jan 15 to Feb 29, 2008
VENUE:Makaha Point, West Side Oahu, Hawaii
FORMAT: 32-man format featuring the world's top stand-up paddle surfers (24 invitees and 8 trialists from a 16-man trials division to be held on the same day).
PRIZE MONEY: $4,000 donation to the West Side's Junior Lifeguard Foundation will carry the event winner's name. Surfers will share equally in $11,200 prize money ($350 each).

The contest is by invitation and the list is phenomenal. Here it is:

INVITEES: Archie Kalepa Bonga Perkins Brian Keaulana Bruce "Cito" DeSoto Craig Davidson Dave Kalama Dave Parmenter Duane DeSoto Ikaika Kalama Jamie Mitchell Jamie Sterling Kamaki Worthington Kelly Slater Lance Hookano Leleo Kinimaka Luke Egan Mel Puu Raimana Van Bastolaer Rob Machado Robby Naish Rusty Keaulana Titus Kinimaka Tom Carroll Vetea "Poto" David

16 TRIALISTS: Buzzy Kerbox Chris Mauro Chuck Patterson Derek Doerner Ekolu Kalama Garrett McNamara Kainoa McGee Kalani Vierra Keone Downing Keone Keaulana Kyle Mocaizuki Noah Johnson Nolan Keaulana Tiare Lawrence Todd Bradley Tony Moniz

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May 12, 2008
70.45.17.14

Its awesome to have such an event, but its sad that is not open for many other great beachboy surfers across the globe (or to other Surf Companies as well), that put their balls on the line surfing the biggest waves. Like myself, I ride for Jimmy Lewis SUP's, and have logged time riding huge waves (30' to 50'range)and had great photoshoot session on many of them including the bigger days. Hope we get invited next time, for a true worlwide and all colors and companies represented. Would be Fun,
Aloha, Ernie Alvarez West Coast, Puerto Rico
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