January 23, 2009

Makahiki Games Westside Oahu

 

 

 

 

 

Go big or go home?

Go big or go home?

Big Checks make for big smiles!
Big Checks make for big smiles!
Maching at Makaha!

Maching at Makaha!

Makaha- SUP setting it all up!
Makaha- SUP setting it all up!
Canoe Winners Team Quik - Mel Pu'u

Canoe Winners Team Quik - Mel Pu'u

Kainalu Froiseth Team Makaha Mafia
Kainalu Froiseth Team Makaha Mafia
Quiksilver Makahiki Games Results 
Stand Up Paddle
1st Kekoa Auwae
2nd Duane DeSoto
3rd Sam Pae
4th Ikaika Kalama
5th Greg Pavao
6th Brian Keaulana
  
Canoe
1st Mel Puu Team Quik
2nd Kainalu Froiseth Team Makaha Mafia
3rd Keone Keaulana Team Home Grown
4th Brian Keaulana Team Stunts Unlimited

Healey Experience
It was an ideal day at Makaha.  Everything I expected to see as I left the cold and stormy North Shore.  The wind was side/off shore and the West side sun was beating down as it always does.  Delightfully predictable.  I had called Rusty earlier to see what my chances were of getting a spot in a canoe.  He laughed and said that somebody was getting carried past him on a stretcher and that there should be some openings.  Unfortunately, by the time I made the trek it was too late, the first round of canoe surfing was over and no replacements are allowed after that.  Now see, if this was a normal surf contest I would pack up my gear and head straight back home.  I actually hate watching surf contests!  But this event is different, it’s something that you can’t find out on the North Shore or any where else for that matter.  No one is in this event for the money or keeping their sponsors happy.  It’s all about pride.  The things that these guys do in a four man canoe you would think that there’s US $1,000,000 on the line!  And the casualty list will attest to the fact that there definitely are immediate consequences.  But there is another aspect to this event. Even though the competitors are doing battle, the family element there was just as apparent.  A father walking down the sand with a jersey on, a paddle in one hand and young son in the other.  An old waterman walking his granddaughter down to the pounding shore break.  You really get the feel that this day is just as much about maintaining a legacy.  As I sat under a tarp with friends I don’t get to see enough and cracked my first green bottle I really felt like I was part of something special.  It made me proud to be a waterman.
-Healey

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