For 15 years strong, the dream of a few ambitious young bodyboarders in Pa'ia has maintained its status as a highlight event during the winter season on Maui's North Shore. The Pa'ia Bay Beachfest Bodyboard & Surf Competition has grown into an instrumental tour-de-force for Maui's young bodyboarders and surfers to boast their styles, tricks and barrel-riding aptitude.
This year the beachfest will honor Marlon Tumacder, the Pa'ia Youth & Cultural Center (PYCC) alumnus who has helped to organize and judge the event every year. Without his assistance, this event would not have been possible.
The competition is organized by PYCC alumni, staff and community board-riders. The Pa'ia Bay Beachfest, held directly on the beachside of the PYCC facility at Pa'ia Bay, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 7. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the first heat is in the water at 8 a.m. The event concludes with an awards ceremony at sunset.
The Pa‘ia Bay Beachfest Bodyboard & Surf Competition has grown into an instrumental tour-de-force for Maui’s young bodyboarders and surfers to boast their styles, tricks and barrel-riding aptitude.
Competitors will be treated to a delicious plate lunch prepared by the youth of the PYCC Pa'ia Bay Caf program, and will also receive a collectors T-shirt with graphic design by PYCC member Nalu Laanui.
Thanks to the generous support of diverse sponsors, competitors will have the chance to take home some incredible gear and prizes. The PYCC will deejay music from sunrise to sunset to keep the positive vibes going!
Divisions include Menehune (ages 9-14), Junior Men (ages 15-17), Women (all ages), Men (all ages), Drop Knee (all ages) and Free Surfing (all ages).
A typical event can exceed 100 competitors in the various divisions, often with most of the competition focused on Menehune and Junior Men, which make it a very exciting event for everyone in the 'ohana.
This is an alcohol-, drug- and tobacco-free event for the whole family.
For more information about PYCC, to learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to download an entry form for the 15th Annual Pa'ia Bay Beachfest Bodyboard & Surf Competition, visit www.pyccmaui.org.
PYCC has provided services to Maui County since 1993 in an effort to realize its mission: "Building Community Through Our Youth." Programs are guided by traditional Hawaiian values. The facility, shaded among the tall palms and ironwood trees lining the beach of Pa'ia Bay, is a sanctuary for hundreds of Maui's youth.
The Pa'ia Youth Council Inc., dba Pa'ia Youth & Cultural Center, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation funded by grants from the Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns, the State of Hawai'i Office of Youth Services, private foundations, community donations and fundraisers.
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