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Surf contest celebrates legacy of three best friends who have passed away

Makai Clemons Makai Clemons
Mike Miller Mike Miller
Joe Edwards Joe Edwards
Jake Edwards Jake Edwards
Tanner Williams Tanner Williams

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - The memory of three best friends from Windward Oahu lives on. They were all professional surfers who sadly died within a year of each other. But they're still very much alive within Kailua's community as mentors to underprivileged kids.

It is in the ocean, off Kalama Beach in Kailua, where the lifelines of three best friends continue to pump adrenaline and inspiration among kids.

"It keeps us out of doing bad stuff. It keeps us good," said Makai Clemons of Kailua, a contestant.

Saturday's surfing competition was a celebration of the lives of surfing buddies Jason Bogle, David Aluli, and Peter Miller.

Miller was piloting a Hawaii Air Ambulance plane when it crashed on Maui back in March of 2006. Miller and two of his co-workers, Nurse Brien Eisaman and medic Marlena Yomes died after the cessna exploded at a BMW dealership, just a mile short of the Kahului airport.

But Miller's legacy, as well as Bogle's and Aluli's, lives on at the Annual Shorebreak Classic.

"If they had a board, if they had anything, they would give to the kids so I believe that with this event with our foundation we're giving back to the kids because that's what Peter would have done, that's what Jason would have done, and David," said Contest Director, Mike Miller, Peter's twin brother.

The Shorebreak Classic is just one of the many ways the Peter Miller Foundation supports kids who can't afford to carry out their love for ocean sports.

"I've been out of work for 6 months and he let my kids surf for free so they've learned giving back and what that means to them, because without that, we probably wouldn't be here today," said Joe Edwards of Kailua.

"I'm really thankful for all of this that they've done and it make me feel pretty good because then I know that someone's caring about us and caring about a sport that we love," said Jake Edwards, a contestant.

"It's fun, it supports the community and it's pretty stoking," said Tanner Williams, a contestant.

Saturday's Shorebreak Classic is in its 5th year.

Miller started it in memory of his best friend Bogle, who died of cancer in 2004. Aluli died from a health condition a week before Miller passed away. After Miller died, his family and friends continued the event for him, and established the foundation.

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