Steinlager Shaka Longboard Series #2

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Steinlager Shaka Longboard Series Scores Fun Queen’s

Press Release
June 22, 2008
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii-

Contestants in the second event on the Steinlager Shaka Longboard Series scored some fun three to foot faces at the Queen’s surf break at Kuhio Beach amongst the thousands of tourist surrounding the shores of Waikiki.

With the sun glistening through the off shore rights for the two days of competition; it was “rippeable” Queen’s with perfect conditions.


Kamu Auwae, winner of the pro division and point leader going into the next event. Photo: Kaz Sano

Leading the charge in the longboard competition was Waianae’s Kamu Auwae as he took down a field of 32 professional surfers to claim first and take the series lead along with $1200.00 in prize money for his efforts.

Second place went to another Waianae local in Duane DeSoto as the two battled for the lead in several exchanges throughout the twenty-minute final.

Auwae kept pacing himself through both the longboard and standup paddle divisions, surfing three continuous heats from the SUP semis and going straight into the pro final then back to the standup.


Duane DeSoto, runner-up in both pro and SUP final.

“It was all about going for two solid waves and I knew I had it during the final (of the longboard), and kept a good pace knowing Duane (Desoto) was right behind.” And added, “because I work during the week day and know I have to conserve when it gets down to the semi-finals, surfing back to back like I did at Sunset, I had to pick the right waves.”

Rounding the pro division, runner-up Duane DeSoto took home $600.00 and Kekoa Auwae and Keegan Edwards received $200.00 for third and fourth respectively.

In the standup paddle division, it was almost a mirror final of the longboard, but the first three finalists lost out to Waialua’s Ikaika Kalama in a heat that had Kalama, DeSoto and Kamu Auwae going head to head in exchanging some very high scores throughout the twenty-minute heat.


Ikaika Kalama, styling to a first place SUP finish.

With two minutes to go, Kalama caught an open faced four-footer which faded left and on his turn back toward the peak, stepped to the nose of his board and rode for twenty yards and victory.

Second place went to Duane DeSoto with brothers Kamu and Kekoa Auwae third and fourth.



Megan Godinez, 1st, Junior Wahine Stephan Katayama, 1st, Grandmasters

In the amateur longboard divisions, Jackson Hollingsworth took the Menehune crown, Nelson Ahina claimed first in the Junior Men and Daniel Stein won the Senior Men.

The next event on the Steinlager Shaka Longboard Series will be at Kewalo Basin, July 5th and 6th.

Results:

Pro Division
Kamu Auwae, $1200.00
Duane DeSoto, $600.00
Kekoa Auwae, $200.00
Keegan Edwards, $200.00

Standup Paddle Open
Ikaika Kalama
Kamu Auwae
Duane DeSoto
Kekoa Auwae

Menehune
Jackson Hollingsworth
Maika DeSoto
Trevor Collins
Vanina Walsh

Junior Men
Nelson Ahina
Kody Gedge
Cody Harada
Marc Logan

Men
Dane McCallum
Keoni Duey
Daniel Johnson
Daniel Teijiro

Masters
Shane Hamamoto
Lucas Won
Paul McDonnell
Jared Katakura

Senior Men
Daniel Stein
Alika Willis
Gino Bello
Kevin Pascua

Grandmasters
Stephan Katayama
Lance Ohata
Bob Kim
Jim Gartland

Legends
Soyu Kawamoto
Arnold Lum
George Matsuda

Junior Wahine
Megan Godinez
Tracy Pruse
Vanina Walsh
Jodie Clark

Wahine
Leah Dawson
Akoi Pada
Chie Matsuoka
Kim Miyashiro

Senior Wahine
Susan Nishida

Top 3 SUP Finalists Video:


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