Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic and Challenge – Inspiring youth to get involved

Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge and Clinic
Na Kama Kai Youth Challenge and Clinic – Photo: Waterman League

As part of the festivities celebrating the fifth annual Sunset Beach Pro, The Waterman League and the Na Kama Kai foundation present a series of events focused on inspiring youth to get involved with ocean sports. On February 8 and 9, Turtle Bay Resort will host two free events – the Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic and Challenge.

The clinic focuses on giving young people the necessary tools to be well-rounded ocean enthusiasts both in and out of the water.  In the water, participants will be able to learn the proper techniques for both canoeing and stand up paddle (SUP).  On land will be a special opportunity learn the ancient craft of board shaping using the original Hawaiian technique, led by Tom ‘Pohaku’ Stone.  Also included is a storytelling workshop teaching the participants ancient Hawaiian legends that have been passed down for countless generations.

Helping to lead the clinic are competitors on the Standup World Tour, as well as four notable Hawaiian watermen – Brian Keaulana, Archie Kalepa, Mel Pu’u and Titus Kinimaka.  These four men are notable pioneers in the modern waterman movement, and it is an honor to have them on hand to teach the next generation of ocean sports enthusiasts.

Following the clinic is an open SUP contest next to Turtle Bay Resort’s Hang Ten Bar.  This spectator-friendly venue is as close to the action as you can get while staying dry for a surf contest. The competition features some standout U16 athletes, several of whom are already competing on the Stand Up World Tour circuit.

The Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic and Challenge is a joint collaboration between The Waterman League, Na Kama Kai, and Turtle Bay Resort.

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by Waterman League