A big congratulations to Kauai’s Kauila “Scooter” Sagum and his crew on their recent wins in the 4-man canoe surf and supsquatch events at the Bradah Mel’s Waterman Championship!
This is one of two such competitions held at Makaha Beach on Oahu’s west side. Makaha is known for its endless wealth of watermen and women, including Rell Sunn, Buffalo Keaulana, Bruce and Manny Desoto, many of the Aikaus, Mel Pu’u, and more. This event covers a wide range of Hawaii watersports, unlike the mainstream shortboard and longboard contests, including canoe surfing, SUP, longboard, and supsquatch.
Some popular competitors in this year’s contest were: Brian Keaulana (son of Buffalo, founder of C4 watermen, lifeguard, navy seal trainer, involved in with Hawaiian water patrol), Duane Desoto (world longboard champion, many time waterman award in Buffalo Keaulana’s contest, crew on Hokulea), Jimmy Keaulana (son of Buffalo, lifestyle waterman), Max Holloway (Waianae Local, MMA fighter champion), Nalu Froiseth (grandson of Wally Froiseth Big wave surfing pioneer and founder of waikiki surf club), and Phil Rajzman (current longboard world champion).