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 third annual Bethany and Alana Keiki Classic this Sunday, April 17th 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.
This event is 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, GoPro, Sticky Bumps, Cobian, Spy, Futures Fins, SMS Audio, Crush, and Ormco. Jamba Juice will be onsite providing free smoothies to all event participants.
For Bethany, the event is 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 how drugs and alcohol take you away from your passions and dreams. Two participants will be selected to win this prestigious award, which will be handpicked by Bethany from the essay submissions.
Alana will also use the event as an opportunity to encourage positive vibes, fun and sportsmanship amongst all the competitors. She will also be awarding two Sportsmanship Awards for the male or female that demonstrates the best sportsmanship and attitude throughout the event.
Throughout the day, competitors will be encouraged to participate in the #RipCurlKeikiMoment Instagram contest. Groms will be asked to post their favorite moment from the day for the chance to win a GoPro camera. You can follow @ripcurl_usa on Snapchat to see all the fun.
Forecasts for the weekend show 10-12ft double overhead surf and scattered showers throughout the weekend. Sign ups at Hanalei Surf company are expected to fill up in the next couple of days.
Alana Blanchard & Bethany Hamilton