This past weekend at Queens in Waikiki, Contrast Magazine participated in the 2nd Aloha Boardshop Fish Fry surf contest. This unique, backyard-style surf contest featured 26 teams participating on fish style surfboards provided by Aloha Boardshop. Over 20 different surfboard shapers made boards that were either quad or twin fins with funky outlines. Contestants pulled a number out of a bowl before each heat and rode the corresponding numbered board. Fun! Each team surfed together during their heats, surfing once on Saturday and once on Sunday. The top three teams with the highest heat totals advanced to the finals and got to surf a third heat on Sunday afternoon. After the first two rounds, Team Contrast (Editor Daniel Ikaika Ito, Publisher Race Skelton, contributors Jun Jo and Grant Ramey) placed 2nd and advanced to finals. In the finals, they finished 2nd again for a 2nd overall finish.
“The combination of the unique format of riding weird boards, surfing Queens together with your friends (team) and the laidback atmosphere made for a great contest experience. Surfing as a team was awesome because you got to cheer each other on, figure out who needed scores and scream like a grom as your friend surfed past you. The scene on the beach was like a party, with lots of trash talking, lots of jokes and lots of high-fives. Very special thank you to Aloha Boardshop for putting on such a fun event, we’ll be back next year aiming for the win!” -Race, Team Contrast
Team Contrast! Stoked with their 2nd place trophies! Photo @MP_LEE