The annual Duke’s Oceanfest, held on the shores of Waikiki in August of each year, celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s life, his athletic contributions and his spirit that continues to live on throughout the Hawaiian Islands and abroad. Duke’s OceanFest features a variety of lifestyle sports disciplines close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart, including Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Keki Surfing, and Beach Volleyball.
Duke’s Oceanfest is a non-profit organization whose mission, on behalf of the entire Hawaiian Islands Community, is to share Duke’s celebrated life and excellence, as well as provide resources to organizations such as ODKF, to enrich the lives of Hawaii’s youth.
In 2015, one of the organizers of Duke’s OceanFest recruited dog lover and surfer Kelli Bullock Hergert to volunteer and help organize the first ever Dog Surfing Competition in Hawai’i. There may have only been 3 dogs and a pig competing, but fun was had by all, and the crowd loved it! Now in its 6th year, the GOING TO THE DOGS SURFUR COMPETITION (GTDSC) is a unique event that showcases the bond between human and pet and their mutual love of the water. All abilities are welcome, but all animals must surf with their own humans and handlers and have experience in open ocean surf.
The 6th annual GOING TO THE DOGS SURFUR COMPETITION will be held on August 26, 2020 at Kuhio Beach and Baby Queen’s surf break in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawai’i. Check back for more updates, and email with us with questions!
FUN FACT: The Kahanamoku family actually surfed with their pet dogs!