Luke Shepardson: breaking thick water in Waikiki

Luke Shepardson has conquered the HIC Pro Junior 2012, at Waikiki, in Hawaii.

The event is part of the 11th Annual Duke's OceanFest and got underway in 1-3 foot surf. The 40 surfers managed to pull high scoring off the lips and 360 spins, despite the small surf conditions.

As the day progressed the waves dropped and the Queens break gems were scarce. In a hard fought duel, Luke Shepardson from the North Shore of Oahu found himself on top.

"It was pretty small but when the waves came it was fun," explained 17-year-old Sheparson. "It is good to have an event, keep active in the summertime, with all conditions, practice and get better all the time."

Sheparson won $2,000.00 dollars and a wild card into the HIC Pro Sunset, an Association of Surfing Professionals Men's event.

With the declining wave size there were some tough paddle battles. Local Queens surfer Isaiah Moniz had an advantage but just fell short in the final with a second place check.

Duke's OceanFest is dedicated to promoting Hawaii's ocean sports heritage while perpetuating the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Duke Kahanamoku is regarded as Hawaii's greatest athlete, winning six Olympic medals, including three gold medals in swimming, from 1912-1932.

Revered worldwide, Duke is recognized as the "father of international surfing" and later in life was honored with the distinction of being named as Hawaii's official "Ambassador of Aloha".