The Quiksilver Ku Ikaika Challenge is a big-wave stand-up paddle surfing competition at Makaha Point, on the West Side of Oahu, Hawaii, on a single day within the holding period when wave face heights reach a minimum of 15 feet. The inaugural event was staged on Valentine's Day in 2008, and was won by well-known Hawaiian waterman Aaron Napoleon.
The concept for the event was developed by C4 Waterman co-founder Brian Keaulana, who wanted to showcase SUP surfing at the historic venue of Makaha -- home of the very first international surfing event in 1963 -- while also giving back to the local community. It was embraced as a natural fit for Quiksilver, a brand built upon adventure, commitment, endurance and style - key components of SUP surfing and the waterman's lifestyle.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 20 January 2011 08:00|