HONOLULU — The waters of Waikiki were busy as the annual Duke’s OceanFest continued yesterday with the C4 Waterman/Honolua Surf Stand-Up Paddle competition.
Yesterday’s competition had a record 84-paddler field which included six from Kaua‘i. Lihu‘e’s Taylor Savage and Warrick Gray competed in the amateur division, while Hanalei’s Titus Kinimaka and Bobby Cox, and Koloa’s Kalani Vierra and Kawika Carvalho were in the pro division.
Yesterday’s waters saw 2- to 3-foot rolling surf at Queen’s Beach in Waikiki which allowed for three rounds of competition. Kinimaka won got the furthest in the competition, reaching all the way to the semifinals before being eliminated by Noland Martin of Makaha, O‘ahu and Noah Shimabukuru of Kula, Maui.
Prior to that, though, Kinimaka two of his heats — the first in Round 1 and then his other in the quarterfinals. Carvalho won his Round 1 heat, but finished fourth in the his quarterfinal heat.
Savage won his opening heat in that amateurs, but finished fourth in the semis.
The finals heat has been established and will run on Saturday. The annual fest includes family events and several surfing events. The Association of Surfing Professional’s Hawai‘i division had its third outing of its Macy’s E-Series as a part of the OceanFest on Monday and today starts the Roxy Jam Honolulu.
For full results, the final roster of the SUP competition or the Macy’s E-Series results, see today’s Scoreboard on opposite page.