The Official World Surf Leage (WSL) event window for Duke’s Waikiki Longboard Pro LT1,000 is set between Augst 22-25 2016 where professional longboarders will meet at the Queens surf break for a competition filled with nose rides, cross-steps and cutbacks.
Duke’s Ocean fest will be running on it’s 15th year now. It has been perpetuated by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. The annual event is a celebration in honor of Duke Kahanamoku, the legendary Hawaiian surfer.
The WSL Duke’s Waikiki Longboard Pro stands as a qualifying event for both the men’s and women’s division. It is significant for longboarders from Hawaiian region as it is the only regional competition where they can earn tickets to the Jeep World Longboard championship to be held in China later this year.
WSL Hawaii will play host for the Duke’s Waikiki Longboard Pro at Queens Surf Break, the same wave where Duke grew up surfing. It will also be a celebration of what would have been Duke’s 126th birthday on August 24.
Since this is a WSL Sanctioned competition, it will create opportunities for local surfers to qualify to the World Chanpionships. Last year, Kai Sallas has taken the title for the men’s division at his home break and he was able to place 13th in the 2015 World Longboard Championships.
The Duke’s OceanFest in Waikiki is a nine-day ocean sports celebration that highlights various sports contests such as Menehune surf contests, beach volleyball, surf waterpolo, dog surfing and swimming.