Surf’s Up! Interview with Big Wave Surfer Shane Dorian

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Kailua-Kona’s hometown hero and big wave surfer Shane Dorian has taken his success in surfing and utilized his fame to establish a surf competition for Hawai‘i Island’s youth. Now in its 23rd year, the Shane Dorian Banyan Keiki Classic reflects Shane’s commitment to the Kona community and local groms (young surfers), ensuring his status as one of Hawai‘i’s favorite surfers.

“I was 22 when I started the Keiki Classic,” said Shane. “When I was growing up in Kona there weren’t many surf competitions, so when I started doing well in surfing, I felt I was in a unique position to bring a competition to my home town. I wanted to create a competition that I felt would be like a contest I would have wanted to surf in as a kid.”

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