20th Annual Hookipa Surf Classic in Memory of Justin Roberson
The Friends of Hoâ€™okipa will launch the 20th Annual Hoâ€™okipa Surf Classic , Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Hoâ€™okipa Beach Park. An alternate date has also been set for the following Saturday, January 16.
Now in its 20th year, the Hoâ€™okipa Surf Classic honors Justin Roberson, a talented Maui surfer who died at the age of 19 in 1989 from a vehicle-related accident while participating in the World Qualifying Series of surf contests in California.
â€œJustin was in the back of a pick up truck with a drunk driver at the wheel,â€ said Jan Roberson, Justinâ€™s mother. â€œSo, the Roberson family produces the surf contest to honor Justinâ€™s memory, and to send the message to young surfers to choose their rides wisely, so they can live to ride again.â€
Justin was sponsored by Quiksilver, DaKine Hawaii and AstroDeck.
For the last 9 years, the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter has sponsored the surf contest, and the Roberson family has donated the contest proceeds in Justinâ€™s memory to Surfrider for its native planting projects at Hoâ€™okipa Beach Park.
Proceeds from the 20th Annual Justin Roberson Hoâ€™okipa Surf Classic will be donated to the Friends of Hoâ€™okipa, a new non-profit, to continue the beautification and restoration of Hoâ€™okipa Beach Park.
Eight divisions are offered for groms to veteran surfers. The popular PRO AM division offers a $1,000 winner-take-all cash prize. Entry fees are as follows:
$50 – Pro-Am
$25 – 45 and older and/or 200 lb+ division
$25 – Open Women, Jr Women 15-17 and Junior Men 15-17
$20 – Grom Boys 12-14, Grom Girls 12-14
$15 – Menehune Boys and Girls 11 and younger
Beach entries welcome. Check in at 7:30 a.m. Entry forms at Hana Hwy Surf in Paia
Event sponsors include Volcom, Da-Kine Hawaii, HGA, and Hana Hwy Surf in Paia.