Point Panics is such a unique wave. It is one of the longest high performance waves on the island if not in the world. You can get a barrel ride, and perform maneuvers on a single ride. It is the perfect wave to bodysurf as its a relatively low impact wave that doesn't really slam you, unlike shore break.
The waves and the weather were perfect. The swell was a straight S (south) showing some south SW, making it the ideal conditions to get the In-n-out and do tricks. The size of the waves were 2-3 Hawaiian with occasional pluses through out the day with perfect slight off shore winds. It was almost consistently pumping through out the day with occasional lulls during the high tide.
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There were roughly around 50 competitors for the contest, including women to compete in their own heat. Each heat was 25 minutes and had 5-6 competitors with a 5 wave max top 2 wave scored.
Sanja du Plessis won her women's division in bodysurfing, and also dominated the men's open Handboard and made it all the way to the finals. The waves in general was a big highlight for the competition because the whole summer season lacked a lot of swells that we typically get. Seeing these waves was a great surprise and treat since everyone was itching for a swell to hit Panics.
Some advice to someone entering a competition at Panics for the first time, it's not your typical wave. It is much longer than most and is very high performance. Wave positioning and selection is key to getting the perfect ride and score . Judges like to see the contestant ride the barrel, and do maneuvers in critical parts of the wave.
Point Panics and Sandys are two different waves and are hard to choose which one is my favorite. Panics offers great rides, that can run really long which are very satisfying when you complete each section. Sandy beach is also a very fun wave, that has great bowly sections that whomp onto the sand.