2012 Landshark Invitational Surf Contest (for Lawyers and Law Students)

Saturday, September 29, 2012 (All day)

Saturday, September 29, 2012, @ 8:00 a.m., Kewalos/Shark's Hole
Sponsors: Na Loio He‘e Nalu, WSRSLAA, LEXIS-NEXIS, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, Ashford & Wriston


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 Christina Aiu, Melissa Kolonie, or Ewan Raynor, 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

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 6 waves/Best 3 waves will be judged. The event 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 tuxedoed Landshark, and Sponge Bob. 2011 upset winner Jeff Kent came as Aquaman (recovering from a humiliating showing the year before as a Spam Musubi that left a trail of Styrofoam marine debris). Judging criteria: 95% costume/accessories, 5% surfing (must catch at least one wave in costume). Costumes leaving marine debris will be disqualified in honor of Jeff.

*Eligibility: Entrants must be licensed to practice law (active or inactive), graduated from a law school, 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.

Entry deadline: Entry must be received by September 21, 2012.

Potluck: Please bring potluck to the picnic at Kewalo Basin Park. Some food and drinks provided courtesy of sponsors.
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.
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, Ashford & Wriston.

Entry Categories:

  • Open Novice
  • John Lim Costume Contest
  • Men's Longboard
    • Under 40 (Associates/‘Opio)
    • 40-49 (Partners/Loio)
    • 50-59 (Senior partners/Makule)
    • 60+ (Legends/Po‘e o nā mo‘olelo)
  • Men's Shortboard
    • Under 40 (Associates/‘Opio)
    • 40-49 (Partners/Loio)
    • 50-59 (Senior partners/Makule)
    • 60+ (Legends/Po‘e o nā mo‘olelo)
  • Women's Longboard
  • Women's Shortboard
  • Men's Bodyboard
  • Women's Bodyboard
  • Men's Stand Up Paddling
  • Women's Stand Up Paddling