Bethany Hamilton and Alana Blanchard, two of the most influential female surfers in the world, in partnership with Rip Curl and Hanalei Surf Company, are hosting the second annual Bethany and Alana Keiki Classic this Saturday, October 25 at their homebreak of Pine Trees, Hanalei, Kauai. The surf competition is a free and fun event for male and female groms 14 years old and under.
The event will be an opportunity for local Kauai youth to interact with their role models, compete in a relaxed, fun environment, while practicing their skills in pursuit of amazing prizes from Rip Curl, Sticky Bumps, Cobian, Spy, Reef, GoPro and more.
“I am really stoked we are running this event for a second year in a row!” says Blanchard. “It’s so great to see how excited the kids are to come out, surf for the day, and compete against their friends. This year we lowered the age range of contestants to 14 and under, so it will be a fun day with a lot of groms in the water!”
Bethany looks at the event as an opportunity to positively impact the local youth and promote education, which is why she is hosting the Keiki Classic Essay Challenge. Competitors can submit an essay the day of the event describing who the most influential person is to them and what they have learned. Two participants will be selected to win this prestigious award, which will be handpicked by Bethany from the essay submissions.
Alana also looks at the event as an opportunity to encourage positive vibes, fun and sportsmanship amongst all the competitors. She will also be giving out two Sportsmanship Awards for the male or female that demonstrates the best sportsmanship and attitude throughout the event.
Forecasts for the weekend show 3-4ft knee to shoulder high surf and scattered showers throughout the weekend. Sign ups for the contest are full but alternates may be taken at Hanalei Surf Shop.