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32nd Annual Quiksilver - Big Island Toyota - Pro-Am Surfing Trials


Pro-Am Surfing Trials

32nd Annual Quiksilver - Big Island Toyota
Pro-Am Surfing Trials


Hawaii Island’s 32nd Annual Quiksilver-Big Island Toyota Pro-Am Surfing Trials were held in large challenging surf.

​“Remnant hurricane Celia waves brought solid 4-8ft. surf with some 16 foot faces,” contest organizer Stan Lawrence said of the conditions. “Made for some very challenging conditions when the northwest wind came up.”

​At a sunny festive beach-day for spectators, 55 competitors battled for $10,000 in prizes including winners of the first two places in divisions winning coveted trips and entry to professional surfing competitions.
​In the bodyboard division Jimmy Hutaff took first ,Sean Harvey-second, Patrick Orr-third, Kayin Wilson-fourth, Jason Lewi Jr-fifth, and Kalalena Derego-Guerpo nailed sixth place.

​Women Open winners included Danielle Fenwick-first, Carolyn Orr-second, Rumor Butts-third, Jade Steele-fourth, Mariko Nagano-fifth and Tegan Harris-sixth.

​Surfboards to be awarded included a 5’0” Epoxy Firewire “Mindcraft” by Dan Mann for the men’s division and a woman’s division 5’8” Orchid Land Surf Hi- Performance Thruster shaped & glassed by Dean Edwards of Big Rock Colorworks.

​Woman’s winner Fenwick, who won a Color Works shark repellant surfboard, had this to say: “It was a challenge for sure, but so much fun. All the girls were ripping and deserving to win, so I am very thankful and share my stoke on being apart of your event, and the amazing surfboard and prizes.”

​Long board division saw Ulu Napeahi take first, Crispin Nakoa-second, Kaula Pilago-third, Akila Weber-fourth, Nalu Knan-fourth and Chris Arruda-sixth.

​Men’s Open winner was Bradley Young, followed by Kalae O’Shaughnessy-second, Theo Landt-third, Shayden Pacarro-fourth, Kiko Napeahi-fifth, and Chris O’Donnell-sixth.
​“The young rippers who won trips to Oahu were in 7th heaven knowing that they will be representing the Big Island on Oahu.” said Stan Lawrence.

​This year Pro-Junior Trip Awards to a World Surfing League contest were given to top-finishing under 18 year-old competitors. The Pro-Junior Trip winners were Shayden Pacarro, Chris O’Donnell, Ocean Donaldson-Sargis, Diesel Butts, and Kade Ketcheson.

​"Surfing is always fun but it was a little bumpy, choppy but nice size,” 10 year-old surfer Diesel Butts commented. “I think I did pretty good surfing against the uncles. I was the youngest."

​This years Quiksilver-Big Island Toyota Pro-am Surfing Trials sponsors include Quiksilver Sportswear, Big Island Toyota, KWXX FM, Big Rock Color Works, Honolii Paka, Cronies Bar and Grill, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Orchid Land Surfboards, Da Kine Hawaii, Reef World, Robert Duerr Film/Write, Manta, Triad Bodyboards, Firewire Surfboards, Suncloud Optics, Kilauea Webworks, Creative Arts Hawaii, Island Trust Properties, Kosmic Cones, Kitty-Cap Video Production, Cafe Pesto, Trophy Case, Basically Books, and Big Island Resource Conservation & Development Council.

​Rumor Butts, Diesel’s 13 year-old sister was the youngest woman’s competitor: “It was windy with big, heavy, steep bombs. I did a lot of air drops and gashed my foot on the reef. I think I could've won if I didn't hurt my foot."

​The Quiksilver-Big Island Toyota Pro-am Surfing Trials is the rookie development league for Hawaii Island surfers. Surfers making the leap from the contest to professional surfing include Spencer Skipper body board champion, Triple Crown winner Myles Padaca and Eddie Aikau Big Wave winner Noah Johnson.

​“All surfers were truly stoked to be in the event and was a shining day for Big Island surfing. Big wave legend Makua Rothman was a witness to some great Big Island surfing,” said Stan Lawrence of the competition.

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32nd Annual Quiksilver - Big Island Toyota

Pro-Am Surfing Trials