Keikis to hang ten at Menehune Surf Contest in La Jolla Shores
By Ashley Mackin
La Jolla Shores Surfing association is accepting applications for its annual Menehune Surf Contest on April 20, 2013 at La Jolla Shores. The deadline for registration is April 13.
The youth surfing contest (menehune means little person) is broken down into age brackets. Of the approximately 150 competitors, boys longboard and shortboard compete in age groups 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18, and girls longboard and shortboard in bracket ages 7-10, 11-14 and 15-18.
One registrant is a 7-year- old who cannot walk, but will surf with the help of his brother. He has medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, and will enter in the novice division.
Contest Director Stephanie Hoffman said surfers will be evaluated by a panel of three judges on choice of waves, style and maneuvers.
Keikis (kids), ages 6 and younger, will not be judged, but will be allowed to participate for fun.
“One of the most rewarding events to watch is the Super Menehunes, who are under 6 years old. We have surfers as young as 2 years old in this division. They all surf at one time and it is great fun to see all the little ones together,” Hoffman said, noting that one of the goals is to “host a fun, community surf contest to allow kids to compete in a friendly environment.”
The other is to “gather our surf community for an event that benefits others; we donate 100 percent of the contest proceeds to charities in the area.”
This year, beneficiaries will include Natural High, Scripps institute of Oceanography, Torrey pines State Natural reserve and Wildcoast.
Registration discounts apply to members of a middle or high school surf team, or those who enter with a team of five or more, or for surfing students in area surf camps or schools.
IF YOU GO:
■ What: La Jolla Shores Surfing Association’s annual Menehune Surf Contest for boys and girls 18-under in longboard, shortboard and novice divisions
■ When: Saturday, April 20. First heat at 7 a.m.
■ Deadline for applications: April 13
■ Where: La Jolla Shores beach
■ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
■ Register online or download an application: ljssa.org
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