16th Annual China Uemura Wahine Surfing Classic

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the 16th year in a row China Uemura's Annual Wahine Surfing Classic will take place to benefit the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), a program of Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children (an affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health). The event is presented by 88 Tees, Armstrong Produce Ltd., and Brittingham Family Foundation. The two-day surfing competition will be held at Kuhio Beach on June 2 and 3 with a 7 a.m. start; registration fee is $60 (early registration by May 26 is $40).

Founded in 1996 as one of the first women-only surf events, the Wahine Surfing Classic attracts Pee Wee girls (10 yrs and below) all the way up to Grandmasters (women age 50 and over). Surfing promoter and former champion longboard surfer Roy "China" Uemura created this competition to acknowledge and showcase talented female surfers of all ages. Himself a father of a daughter, he donates proceeds from the event every year to SATC because he feels strongly about protecting children from sexual abuse. SATC is also using the contest this year as a platform from which to spread awareness of the entire community's role and responsibility in preventing sexual abuse. The SATC website now features a thought-provoking list of "75 Things You Can Do To Prevent Sexual Violence."

This competition has shortboard and longboard divisions; age groups include Pee Wees (10 and below), Menehunes (11-13), Jr. Girls (14-17), Girls (18-29), Women (30-39), Senior Women (40-49), and Grandmasters (50 & over). Information and registration is online.

Services Available to Victims of Sexual Assault:

The SATC website also offers a complete list of services for victims of sexual assault, whether the abuse has just happened or has taken place sometime in the past. A brochure entitled, "We Can Help," details SATC's free, round-the-clock crisis counseling services and medical care available for victims and their families. The brochure is free of charge and is ideal for medical providers, social service agencies, faith-based organizations, etc. To order, call 535-7600.

About the Sex Abuse Treatment Center:

The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), a program of the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children, is a statewide program valued for its leadership and expertise in providing treatment services for survivors of sexual assault, preventing sexual violence and effecting change through public policy, awareness and education. Its mission is to support the emotional healing process of those sexually assaulted in Hawaii, to increase community awareness about their needs and to reduce the incidence of all forms of sexual assault. Office: (808) 535-7600; 24-hour hotline: (808) 524-RAPE (7273); or online. Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is an affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health.

About China Uemura:

Oahu south shore beach boy China Uemura has been involved with water sports all of his life. He can usually be found at his "office" at Ala Moana Beach Park, under a tent in front of the concession at the Kewalo's side of the park. The people of Hawaii have sponsored China's professional surfing career as he traveled the world in professional longboard surfing events representing Hawaii. In turn, he gives back to the community. All contests that China hosts are non-profit charitable events; over the years, he has raised more than $200,000 for charity.

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