WILLIS TOPS SUP-ER CHARGED DAY AT DUKE’S OCEANFEST

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SUPER-CHARGED SURF SPRINTS, WAVE RIDING & SUPZILLA:
A SUP SHOW OF RESPECT FOR KAHANAMOKU  

 

 

HONOLULU – August 26, 2011 – Stand-up paddling (SUP) took center-stage at the 10th Annual Duke’s OceanFest celebration in Waikiki today, with a super-charged series of showcase events in the Go Pro Presents C4 Waterman SUP Surf-Off & SUP Race. Stand-up paddling, now widely and wildly accepted around the world, was invented by Waikiki’s original Beachboys, none more famous than Duke Kahanamoku himself.

 

SUP finalists

Above: SUP Surf-Off Finalists L to R: Kaleopa’a, Willis, Vierra & Napoleon

Credit: Bernie Baker

 

 

Today’s competition covered the gamut from serious surfing and speed-sprint courses to a little SUPZilla tomfoolery (pictured at bottom) thrown in for good record-setting measure.  

 

World class SUP racer Connor Baxter sliced and diced the sprint field; Alika Willis posted a heart-warming surf win; and a hearty workout was had by all aboard the world’s largest SUP board ‘SUPZilla’ as it engulfed the Queens Surf lineup en-route to posting an unofficial world title: Most surfers to ride a wave on one SUP board – 15. 

 

But hype and hilarity aside, the day belonged to Alika Willis, who demonstrated how a passion for the ocean can change your life – something Duke Kahanamoku effectively shared with the world.   

 

Willis entered his first SUP competition at Duke’s OceanFest two years ago. He came close to last, but won the prestigious C4 Waterman “Spirit of Duke” Award for sportsmanship and heart.  

 

Two years later, 25 pounds lighter, exponentially fitter, and focused on living everyday with aloha, Willis took first place in the SUP Surf-Off.  

 

Rival competitor and fellow-finalist Kalani Vierra knew how hard Willis had worked for it, however, having helped him to train, focus and shed the pounds leading up to today’s events.

 

“Quit soda, quit mayonnaise, quit ketchup,” said Willis, speaking of some of his secrets to success. “I gave myself a chance to get healthy and get competitive.

 

“I never knew Duke but I remember being three years old and being at his funeral. He was aloha. The aloha spirit is very important because it brings camaraderie and sportsmanship to the sport and helps it to grow. Duke Kahanamoku was just like that.”

 

The sportsmanship and camaraderie of Duke’s OceanFest continue tomorrow with the Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim; the Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic; and Outrigger Canoe Wave Surfing Exhibition; the Kona Longboard Lager Invitational Beach Volleyball Tournament; the Maui Jim presents 2011 Hawaii Paddleboard Championship (Duke’s Race); and the Hawaiian 105KINE Great Hawaiian Luau at the Waikiki Aquarium at 6pm.

 

SupZilla 

Above: SUPZilla – 25 feet long, 11 paddlers, unofficial world record.

Credit: Bernie Baker 

 

RESULTS:

Surfers shown in order of 1st through 4th, from Hawaii unless noted otherwise.  

 

GO PRO PRESENTS C4 WATERMAN SUP SURF-OFF

Surfers listed in order of 1st place, 2nd,, 3rd…

 

FINAL:

1st: Alika Willis, $300

2nd: Aaron Napoleon 

3rd: JP Kaleopa’a 

4th: Kalani Vierra 

 

Semi-Finals:

H1: JP Kaleopa’a; Alika Willis; Greg Pavao; Connor Baxter; Tony Moniz; Evann Yamada

H2: Aaron Napoleon; Kalani Vierra; Dave Parmenter; Kamu Auwae; Noa Ginella; Kekoa Auwae

 

Quarter Finals:

H1: Alika Willis; Connor Baxter; Evann Yamada; Halie Harrison; Vanina Walsh; Ed Wheeler

H2: Greg Pavao; JP Kaleopa’a; Tony Moniz; Sam Pae; Dino Miranda; Mariko Stickland

H3: Kalani Vierra; Aaron Napoleon; Kekoa Auwae; Jen Koki; Riggs Napoleon; Noland Keaulana

 

Round 1:

H1: Halie Harrison; Evann Yamada; Ed Wheeler; Chad Chapman

H2: Alika Willis; Connor Baxter; Vanina Walsh; Robert Stehlik

H3: Dino Miranda; Sam Pae; Mariko Stickland; Keoa Abbey

H4: Tony Moniz; JP Kaleopa’a; Greg Pavao; Jennifer Lee

H5: Noland Keaulana; Riggs Napoleon; Aaron Napoleon; Kevin Seid

H6: Kekoa Auwae; Kalani Vierra; Jen Koki; David Cordell

H7: Kamu Auwae; Cole Pavao; Keola Auwae; Brett Huf

H8: Dave Parmenter; Candice Appleby; Noa Ginella; Kurt Tolzmann

 

Go Pro Presents C4 Waterman Surf Sup Race

Racers listed in order of 1st place, 2nd,, 3rd…

 

Men:

Round 1 

H1: Greg Pavao; Robert Stehlik; Ed Wheeler

H2: Connor Baxter; Noland Keaulana; Kalani Vierra

H3: Noa Ginella; Cole Pavao; Kekoa Auwae

H4: Aaron Napoleon; Sepa Napoleon; Kalei Abbey

 

Semi-Finals:

H1: Connor Baxter; Kalani Vierra; Noland Keaulana; Kamu Auwae; Robert Stehlik; Dave Parmenter

H2: Aaron Napoleon; Cole Pavao; Sepa Napoleon; Noa Ginella; Alika Willis; Keoa Abbey

 

FINAL:

1st: Connor Baxter, $200

2nd: Noland Keaulana

3rd: Noa Ginella

 

Women’s Final:

1st: Candice Appleby

2nd: Jennifer Lee

3rd: Jen Koki

 

Juniors Final:

1st: Riggs Napoleon

2nd: Keola Auwae

3rd: Christopher Bluthardt

 

 

 

 

DUKE’S OCEANFEST

www.dukefoundation.org  

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Saturday, August 27:  

Duke’s Waikiki Ocean Mile Swim

Hawaiian Airlines Duke’s Legends Surf Classic.

Outrigger Canoe Wave Surfing Exhibition.

Kona Longboard Lager Invitational Beach Volleyball Tournament.

Maui Jim presents 2011 Hawaii Paddleboard Championship – Duke Race.  

Hawaiian 105KINE Great Hawaiian Luau at the Waikiki Aquarium, 6pm.

 

Sunday, August 28:

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Surfboard Water Polo, Kapahulu Breakwall

Kahala Waterman’s Challenge, Fort DeRussy Beach, 3pm. 

 

 

In Hawai’i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with Aloha, which means with love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai’i renowned as the world’s center of understanding and fellowship.
Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha.
You’ll be surprised by their reaction.
I believe it and it is my creed.
Aloha to you.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku

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