By: Noelani Sugata
Executive Director, Paia Town Association
Paia Youth & Cultural Center‘s BEACHFEST 20 took place on January 21-22 at the Paia Bay on the North Shore of Maui. BeachFest featured Maui’s young bodyboarders and surfers showcased their wave riding ability. It was a great event for the community enjoyed by residents and visitors, as it was a tobacco and alcohol free event. Music was provided by the awesome DJ Dave Mason. Mahalo to PYCC alumni Marlon Tumacde, community board-riders and PYCC staff.
The family-friendly bodyboard and surf competition included Paia's own world-champion waterman Kai Lenny, IBA world tour champion bodyboarding duo Jeff and Dave Hubbard, and a heartfelt mahalo to Kainoa McGee for commentating the event.
There was a new cash-prize division for PRO/AM bodyboarders, and a chance to see the pros in action. Kona Kaiulani won the PRO/AM event. Traditional divisions included Menehune, Juniors, Wahine, Kane, Drop Knee and Free Surfing. It was amazing to see lots of young girls in the Free Surfing group. Competitors received a plate lunch prepared by the youth of the PYCC Paia Bay Cafe program; collectors tee-shirt designed by the PYCC. If you didn't get a chance to pick up a t-shirt, sorry, they are sold out.
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