Surf Event Kicks Off Summer Surf Season

Daniel Teijeiro
Daniel Teijeiro
Tim Mock
Tim Mock

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Kalani Robb, Joel Centieo, Freddy P. They're some of the biggest names in surfing, but there was a time when nobody knew who they were. And they all competed in a contest that helped launch their careers, and a few more local surfing pros.

It's Memorial Day weekend at Ala Moana Bowls, with two to three foot sets.

"Waves are pretty good," said Daniel Teijeiro. "They're a little smaller from yesterday. Still kinda windy, but overall, not too bad."

Perfect conditions for the Local Motion Surf into Summer contest. Every year since 1986, this competition kicks off the summer surf season on Oahu's South Shore.

"What's great about the Surf into Summer event is it gets young kids out, and it also gets the guys who've been surfing 20, 30 years," said Tim Mock, retail general manger for Local Motion. "We get the whole age spectrum here."

"It feels pretty good," said Teijeiro. "A little nerve racking, butterflies come right before the heat, but other than that, feels good to have such a big contest."

Close to 300 are in this year's contest, keeping it the biggest amateur surf contest in the state -- one of the biggest in the world, featuring tomorrow's surf stars today.

"This is really like the starting point for a lot of top amateurs in Hawaii to make their mark," said Mock. "To win the surf into summer event, is a very prestigious title for kids to hold."

But for now, all they're worried about is the next swell.

"So far, it's been pretty good," said Teijeiro. "Been getting a lot of waves lately. Hopefully it gets better."

Besides the contest, there's also a raffle, with proceeds going to Access Surf Hawaii, a program that helps those with mental and physical disabilities get back into the water.

The surf contest wraps up Monday.