Landshark Surf Contest

Saturday, September 17, 2011 (All day)

Where: Kewalos Point
When: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 8am-4pm.
Contact: Bianca Isaki ( or Tina Aiu ( with any questions.  Lea Hong and Tina Aiu (co-director for the law school Environmental Law Society) decided to make it into a fundraiser for ELS. We're also going to be selling ELS t-shirts and tank tops $15.
Entry deadline: Entry must be received by September 9, 2011.


Make checks out to "Lea Hong" and mail check and entry forms to Lea Hong, c/o The Trust for Public Land, 1136 Union Mall, Suite 202, Honolulu, HI 96813. Students may also drop off check and entry forms to Bianca Isaki or Christina Aiu at the Environmental Law Program office at WSRSL. Any extra proceeds after insurance, water patrol, food, permit costs, etc. will be donated to University of Hawai`i William S. Richardson School of Law’s student-run Environmental Law Society (ELS). Amongst other things, ELS fundraises for the No Ke ‘Ola o ka ‘Āina summer grant, awarded to an outstanding student working with an environmental public interest or governmental organization during a summer clerkship.

  • Lawyers: $40.00
  • Law Students: $20.00
  • Spouses, etc. $40.00 *

*Eligibility: Entrants must be licensed to practice law (active or inactive) or be enrolled in a law school. Spouses and boyfriends/girlfriends may also enter/particpate, but are not eligible to win the coveted Landshark trophies.

Your entry will not be complete without full payment and signed waiver. Entry fee covers multiple events (e.g., for a single entry fee, you may enter your age group for longboard, shortboard, bodyboard, stand-up paddle, and costume contest). BRING IDENTIFICATION FOR THE DAY OF THE EVENT FOR AGE VERIFICATION.


Event Format: The format is subject to change depending on the number of entries and surf conditions. Event organizers reserve the right to combine or change age groups depending on the number of entries. No entry is complete unless entry fee has been paid and waiver has been signed. Completed entries will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Heat information will be emailed to entrants prior to event.

Judging Criteria: Longboard: 50% traditional, 50% performance/progressive. Longboard/Shortboard/Bodyboard/Stand-Up: Limit of 10 waves/Best 3 waves will be judged. The event organizers organizers reserve the right to change the number of waves judged depending on surf conditions.

John Lim Memorial Costume Contest: At the first Landshark Invitational, the late ICA Justice John Lim surfed in a suit and tie and carried a briefcase (he lost the briefcase). In his honor, a prize(s) will be awarded to the surfer(s) with the best costume - entrants in this category must catch at least one wave in costume during the heat. Be creative! The 2007, 2009, and 2010 winner Greg Lui-Kwan dressed as the Superferry, a Landshark dressed in a tuxedo, and Sponge Bob. Judging criteria: 95% costume/accessories, 5% surfing (must catch at least one wave in costume). Costumes leaving marine debris will be disqualified.

Potluck: This is a much lower key event than in 2006 when the ABA was here, so please bring potluck to the picnic at Kewalo Basin Park. Some food and drinks provided.

Proceeds: Entry fees will be used to cover cost of event permit & insurance, water patrol, judges, food. The organizing committee consists of volunteer lawyers and students/surfers. No one on the organizing committee is receiving complimentary entry. Any extra proceeds will be donated to the law school's Realizing the Dream Fund
Mahalo to our Generous Sponsors: WRSLAA., Na Loio He‘e Nalu, EXCEL Wetsuits, LEXIS-NEXIS, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.