Equipped with a state-of-the-art seaplane and quest for new adventure, Hawaiian Airlines and Billabong announced in a press release the launching of a surfing safari to seek out and find the biggest waves and perfect rides of the Pacific.
Over the next two years, the Billabong Hawaiian Clipper will visit legendary surf spots, appear at all major surfing competitions, and transport surfers, photographers, and journalists to hard-to-reach islands and reefs in the South Pacific to experience new surf breaks.
For Hawaiian Airlines, the exploration celebrates Hawai’i’s surfing legacy while recalling the golden age of “flying boat” aviation that Hawaiian pioneered for Hawai’i in 1929.
“This partnership with Billabong is a natural for Hawaiian Airlines, having introduced aviation to the Pacific with amphibian aircraft 76 years ago. And what’s more Hawaiian than surfing? We’re excited to be promoting Hawai’i and this universal message to new people and places throughout the Pacific,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a press release.
The Billabong Hawaiian Clipper will spend the next several weeks flying around O’ahu and the Neighbor Islands before heading to Tahiti with stops along the way.
For Billabong, the island-hopping surfing safari will create images and memories that capture the spirit of surfing at its essence.
“We applaud Hawaiian’s sponsorship of the Billabong Clipper and its commitment to support surfing in Hawai’i and throughout the Pacific,” said vice president of marketing for Billabong USA, Graham Stapelberg, in a press release.