#Tournotes: Keiki Classic

#Tournotes: Keiki Classic

While Shane Dorian's legacy is intact based on his wave riding skills alone, the former Championship Tour star and current big-wave legend has much more to offer the world. For the past 23 years he's been holding the Keiki Classic at his home on the Big Island of Hawaii. What began as just a little friendly competition to support local grommets has grown into a massive festival of stoke, complete with games, goods, and great causes. The entire idea is anchored on creating a community based on giving back, and while the competitors are celebrated for their achievements, the biggest winner of the day is the person who takes home the sportsmanship award, which is given to somebody who exemplifies the Aloha spirit that Shane and his community are trying to instill. This year's winner, 14-year-old Luke Heflin of Kona, earned a custom surfboard along with an unofficial invite to Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch as his reward for being, in Dorian's words, "someone the younger groms can look up to."


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