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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Keiki Surf Classic
This week I am posting photos dear to me.
My granddaughter, Mehana surfed the Shane Dorian Keiki Classic this past weekend and placed 1st in the 14 and under age division. She caught 3 good waves with 4-5 ft. faces, pulling off sprays and floaters.
After placing first in her age division, she was entered to win a new surfboard. She was lucky enough to win the new board in the drawing. The board is an Al Merrick custom 5 fin slot 5'5" board.
The legendary big wave rider, Shane Dorian from Kona, Hawaii, brings out the world class surf stars for the keiki classic. The event raises food for charity, and is free to the Big Island surf families.
This year, Kelly Slater, an American professional surfer was on hand to "stoke" the surf kids on. He surfed with them and signed Mehana's new board. She was beside herself with excitement.
Kelly Slater has been crowned the ASP World Champion 9 times, and is known for his inspirational style. Aukai, my grandson, is also seen here having his Pokemon cards signed by Shane Dorian, a collectors item in the making! (He is the handsome boy looking up.)
Kudos to Shane and Kelly, and mahalo from one Tutu (grandmother) happy to see her grandkids, stoked, surfing, being inspired, staying focused, and having fun!!
Aloha for now,