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Garden Island Boogie Board Classic makes 5 years with help of Hawai’i Tourism Authority

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A boogie boarder performs a under the lip backside snap. Photo Courtesy: GIBBC Instagram

The nonprofit Kaikeha is once again planning its annual Garden Island Boogie Board
Classic on Kaua‘i.

This event brings together ‘ohana from around the state to share in friendly competition. Last year the event attracted 279 competitors. Some of the towns represented by last year’s competitors include: Pepe‘ekeo, Kekaha, Kōloa, ‘Ewa Beach, Kāne‘ohe, Wahiawā, Wailuku, Kailua Kona, Waimea (Kaumakani Camp), Lāwa‘i, Līhu‘e, Honolulu, Hanalei, Kapa‘a, ‘Ele‘ele, Hilo, Kalāheo, Waimānalo, Kaunakakai, Ho‘olehua, Lāhainā, Kailua, Waipahu, Kapolei, Kamuela, Pāhoa, Kula, Kualapu‘u, Pa‘auilo and Captain Cook.

There are still open spots available in the following divisions: Menehune (10 -13), Juniors (14-17), Girls (17 and Under), Open Women (18+), Masters (35+), Open Pro and Drop Knee Pro.


Amateur Divisions are $25 and Pro Divisions are $200. Competitors who wish to register for this event should visit www.kaikeha.org. The prize purse for this event is $10,000. The Drop Knee Pro Division winner will earn 1,000 points towards the International Bodyboarding Corporation World Tour rankings.

The Final Event for the Drop Knee tour is the Sintra Pro in Portugal.

Kaikeha graciously leans on its community to help make this event happen. The Garden Island Boogie Board Classic is one of three events that was selected for funding in partnership with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Support is provided by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program.


Additional sponsors include: Island Comfort, Burkart Construction LTD., Hubboards, Nicholas Seymour Design Studio, Aloha Collection, Kaua’i Animal Education Farm, Kong Radio Group/Pacific Media Group Kaua’is Kong FM 93.5 & HI 95 FM Kaua’i, TS Restaurants – Keoki’s
Paradise, TS Restaurants – Duke’s Kaua’i, Sirois Kaua’i, United States Coast Guard, Kaua’i Juice Co., No.6, Mary Valeria Hawai’i, Lloyd Boards, Grady Pest Solutions, BCO Construction, Flip Flop Shop, Hawai’i Surfing Association Kaua’i Chapter, Triad, MRA Music, Milinda Valeria Artistry, Big Wave Coffee House, Eskimo Candy, Inky Pop Print Shop, Menehune Water, Kukui’ula, DaFin, Action Plus Adventures Fishing Charters, Gather Federal Credit Union, The Foam Co., Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative, Airborne Aviation, Style Surf, Lawai Market, Royal Sonesta, Lawai Beach Resort, Eating House 1849, Makai Skate Shop, Badger, Aloha Craft Cafe, Boogie Nation, Wailua Shave Ice, Kamoa Ukulele, Malie, Anetik, Suncloud, Waileia’s Hakus, Kaua’i Board Roasters, Po’ipu Surf, Koloa Dance House and Wailua Shave Ice. Support is also provided by Royal Order of Kamehameha Mark Hubbard and the APB.

For additional information please visit Instagram @kaikeha_hawaii, @gardenislandboogieboardclassic and www.kaikeha.org.

Kaikeha is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by watermen Chris Burkart and Jeff Hubbard focused on engaging the youth of Hawai’i in water sports activities to foster a lifelong connection with the ocean by nurturing a competitive athletic spirit.

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