Iron Brothers Pine Trees Classic set for Saturday

More than 200 young surfers are registered for Saturday’s 16th annual Irons Brothers Pine Trees Classic tournament

Boys and girls ages 5 to 12 will compete in different age divisions, with trophies and prizes on the line.

The Irons Brothers Pine Trees Classic was started by the late Andy Irons and brother Bruce Irons, along with their family, to give back to the community. It grew into one of Kauai’s most popular amateur tournaments, with thousands of spectators lining the beach.

It is free and includes lunch. Participants are asked to donate canned food, which is given to the Kauai Food Bank.

The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Director Milo Murguia said a highlight is always the keiki push-in, when parents give their sons and daughters just getting started with surfing a little help on their way to the waves.

“It’s a pretty cool sight to see,” Murguia said.

About 250 keiki are registered for the tournament, but there are still openings. Parents and young surfers should show up early at Pine Trees beach on the North Shore to sign up.

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