2009 Duke's Oceanfest 

The annual Duke’s Oceanfest in Waikiki, HI took place last week in support of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. 

The week of water events provided grants and scholarships for Hawaii’s Scholar Athletes. 

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is known as “Hawaii's greatest athlete, the father of international surfing and its ambassador of Aloha.”  Duke, an original Waikiki Beach Boy won his first Gold Medal at the Olympics when he was 22 and continued to represent the USA in for the next 20 years. He won a place in Hawaii’s heart through his Aloha, compassion and remarkable achievements.

The Hawaiian Paddleboard Championship took place Saturday August 29th and challenged paddle boarders in a sprint from Hawaii Kai to Duke’s statue in Waikiki. 

Congratulations to Bernd Roediger who was too young to compete in this division but his remarkable time on his 12’ board placed him 2nd in the Male Stand-Up 12’6” division with a time of 1:31:52.

In the Male Stand-Up 14’6” division Jerry Bess (winner of the 14’ Class in the Maui Olukai Race) took 2nd on a Naish Glide with a time of 1:25:00.  Also on Naish Glides, Edmund Pestana (Oahu lifeguard legendary) took 5th place coming in at 1:26:54, and Michi Schweiger took 6th with a time of 1:27:41.

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Michael Picon 

The ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) 5-Star San Miguel Pro Zarautz pres. by Euskaltel got underway today in building swell peaking in the four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5 meter) range, event officials sending no less than thirty-two heats for an intense action-packed day of surfing. With Round 1 coming to an end and eight heats of Round 2 being held in consistent surf, performances confirmed the ASP WQS contingent was in form for a fourth consecutive major event. From solid scores to major upsets, the kick-off brought excitement in the famous Basque village.

The event top seeds attracted the famous Basque crowds to the beach in the end of the afternoon, local hero and ASP Top 45 member Aritz Aranburu (Zarautz, EUK), 23, winning the opening heat of Round 2 with a solid 14.10 point result. Aranburu, who showed how his knowledge of the consistent beach break could make a big difference against any of his upcoming opponents, used smart heat tactics waiting for the better right-handers to use his powerful on-the-rail top turns and best Nathan Yeomans (California, USA) who advanced in second position.

“It’s always good to get that first heat out of the way and to win it is even better for your confidence,” Aranburu said. “The conditions were kind of tricky because few waves were giving the opportunity to get big scores so there was definitely some patience involved in that game and I am glad to get that heat done.”

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Tsunami

Indonesia has cancelled the tsunami warning 45 minutes after a 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocked the Java Island. The country suspended the alert as there were no tidal waves detected by the seismologists.


The quake had its epicentre in the Indian Ocean, about 142 km south-west of Tasikmalaya district in West Java. An aftershock of 5.1 magnitude was felt in Tasikmalaya, 20 minutes after the earthquake.

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