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Quiksilver Ku Ikaika, presented by C4 Waterman Eyes Upcoming Swell

| posted on January 26, 2010

(Makaha, HI) – January 26, 2010 — Organizers of the third annual Quiksilver Ku Ikaika Challenge, presented by C4 Waterman, are closely watching a developing swell that could see the event run this weekend. While tomorrow’s swell has officially been ruled a no-go, the following system may deliver contestable waves of 15-feet-plus this Sunday into Monday. Tomorrow’s swell is only expected to show around 12 feet at Makaha, accompanied by less-than-favorable winds. An update on the ensuing weekend swell will be issued as the system develops.

The Quiksilver Ku Ikaika Challenge is a big-wave, stand up paddle (SUP) invitational surfing competition that runs on one day when wave face heights exceed 15 feet at Makaha Point, on the west shore of Oahu. The event holding period runs through February 28, 2010.

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Above: Brian Keaulana, Makaha
Courtesy: C4 Waterman

The 2010 list of invitees and wildcards features a mix of legendary and rising SUP experts that includes defending champion Aaron Napoleon, Jamie Mitchell (Australia), Raimana Van Bastolaer (Tahiti), Ibon Amatriain (Euskadi), Robby Naish (Hawaii), and Gerry Lopez (Hawaii).

The Ku Ikaika Challenge will offer a total prize purse of $10,000, with $3,000 going to the winner. The main event will consist of 30 invited surfers plus six wildcards. (Listed below.)

“Ku Ikaika”, a Hawaiian phrase that means stand strong, was derived in reference to the sport of stand up paddle surfing and to upholding a healthy and positive approach to wave riding.

For more information on the event and to see photos from last year’s competition, go to
www.quiksilver.com/kuikaika
www.c4waterman.com

About Quiksilver
Quiksilver is committed to providing tools for uncovering, expressing and expanding your personal style. Our aim is to foster the sense of individual expression and excitement – the stoke that is the essence of boardriding*. We’re also here to spread the word because the only thing better than finding stoke is sharing it.

* Boardriding is about timing and style. It’s youthful, active, casual, and free flowing. There is no wrong way to ride a board. The goal is simply to learn, progress, improve, and give it your own interpretation.

About C4 Waterman:
Through its founders, C4 Waterman brings together over 100 years of ocean experience to create the C4 Waterman brand of wave-riding tools and equipment. Sharing a passion for ocean sports, the drive to excel and a desire to share the waterman’s spirit, C4 Waterman’s state-of-the-art paddles, stand-up boards, paddleboards and accessories are the modern evolution of the ocean-based lifestyle that originated in Hawaii.

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INVITEES:
Aaron Napoleon (HAW)
Antoine Delpero (FRA)
Alex Salazar (BRZ)
Didier Tin Hing (TAH)
Archie Kalepa (HAW)
Bonga Perkins (HAW)
Brian Keaulana (HAW)
Chuck Patterson (USA)
Craig Davidson (HAW)
Dave Kalama (HAW)
Dave Parmenter (HAW)
Duane DeSoto (HAW)
Gerry Lopez (HAW)
Greg Carson (PR)
Greg Pavao (HAW)
Ikaika Kalama (HAW)
Ibon Amatriain (EUS)
James Watson (AUS)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
Kamu Auwae (HAW)
Kekoa Auwae (HAW)
Keone Keaulana (HAW)
Leleo Kinimaka (HAW)
Mel Puu (HAW)
Noland Martin (HAW)
Raimana Van Bastolaer (TAH)
Robby Naish (HAW)
Rusty Keaulana (HAW)
Titius Kinimaka (HAW)
Todd Bradley (HAW)
WILDCARDS:
Kawika Foster (HAW)
Keone Downing (HAW)
Kainoa McGee (HAW)
Ekolu Kalama (HAW)
Buzzy Kerbox (HAW)
Kala Alexander (HAW)