October 04, 2016 1 min read

Kaha Nalu Hawaiiand Slyde Handboards hosted the annual 2016 Bodysurfing Championships in Oahu Hawaii Sept 23rd & 24th.

The event attracted 120 stoked bodysurfers & handboarders, alongside warm waters (79 degrees), and 1'to 3' foot fun shorebreak.

Bodysurfing has a longstanding tradition in the Hawaiian culture, and Sandy Beach in particular. The Oahu homegrown event brought together local bodysurfers from across the island, and beyond.

"Bodysurfing, called he'e umauma or kaha nalu in Hawaiian, was first enjoyed by ancient Hawaiians at the break called 'Sandy Beach' today. It is believed that bodysurfing in Hawaii was first inspired by the dolphins seen there, long before the invention of the surfboard."

Mahalo to all the event sponsors and everyone who competed.
Special shakas to mens and women's finalists.

Bodysurfing Men Finalist 1st Place in Division:
Carleton Young- Men over 56
Kai Santos- Men 41-55
Matt Solomon Men 26-40
Kanealii Wilcox Men 17-25
Wyatt Yee Men 16 Under

Bodysurfing Men Open Finals:
1. Kai Santos
2. Dane Torres
3. Kanealii Wilcox
4. Wyatt Yee
5. John Wayne Thomas
6. BK Holt

Bodysurfing Final Women:
1. Liat Portner
2. Makenzia Arita
3. Kyla Lozis

Handboard Final Men:
1. Kai Santos
2. Barry Holt
3. Kanealii Wilcox

Handboard Final Women:
1. Kyla Lozis
2. Maria Remos
3. Kuu Gutierrez

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"Mahalo to all of our sponsors, staff and competitors, it was a great weekend with the local bodysurfing community, and we plan to run this annual event the same time next year (September 23/24). Hopefully we will get some visiting competitors who want to battle it out next year. " Sean Enoka

Oahu Bodysurfing championships

Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.