What a beautiful day in Honolulu for a Stand Up Paddle Surf contest! My very first foray into a competitive surf environment. Small kine waves at Bowls for our 30 mins one heat final. Six of us out there and the best waves of the day! Nothing special, but enough to show off the grace and form of SUP surfers. I had a bunch of fun rides, lip hits, paddle tricks and noserides. When I got in the realities of surf contests hit me.. I had killer rides and would have placed somewhere in the top half, but what I didn’t know is that you get points deducted if you are on the same wave as other folks… the rule is usually first on their feet, but on a SUP you are already on your feet. So I did what I do with friends.. hop on together and if there’s room ride, if not pull out. Well.. that didn’t sit well with the judges and negative points I went. Oh well… there’s next time. It was all for fun anyways.
Photos courtesy of HawaiianWaterShots.com