Quiksilver Ku Ikaika Challenge, by C4 Waterman, Draws to a Close.

Makaha, HI (March 1, 2010) — A record winter of surf on the North Shore of Oahu failed to deliver to the West Side within the allotted one-and-a-half month holding period, resulting in a “no go” for this year’s Quiksilver Ku Ikaika Challenge, presented by C4 Waterman, at Makaha.

Despite record patience and an extension to the holding period, Mother Nature cast the final dice and came up short. Makaha delivered only eight- to 10-foot of swell today and organizers elected to wait another year.

Keone Downing
Above: Ku Ikaika Invitee, Keone Downing, Waiting for Next Year.
Photo: Bernie Baker

The Ku Ikaika Challenge is a one-day, big wave standup paddle (SUP) surfing competition that features over 30 of the world’s leading SUP riders.

“Ku Ikaika”, a Hawaiian phrase that means stand strong, was derived by Makaha’s Brian Keaulana, co-founder of C4 Waterman. The phrase is a reference to both the sport of stand up paddle surfing as well as a call to uphold a healthy and positive approach to wave riding.