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Red Bull seeks teams for third annual Party Wave surf contest

July 1st, 2016
BRUCE ASATO / 2015 The Gnarl Mania team — Felipe Carvalho as the ring girl, Giacomo Giorli as the referee, Mike Durell as the Ultimate Warrior, Brian Neilson as Nacho Libre, Nick Hunsinger as Hulk Hogan and Benjamin Griffin as Macho Man — acknowledge their fans as they return to shore aboard their wrestling ring themed watercraft at the 2015 Red Bull Party Wave surfing competition.

BRUCE ASATO / 2015

The Gnarl Mania team — Felipe Carvalho as the ring girl, Giacomo Giorli as the referee, Mike Durell as the Ultimate Warrior, Brian Neilson as Nacho Libre, Nick Hunsinger as Hulk Hogan and Benjamin Griffin as Macho Man — acknowledge their fans as they return to shore aboard their wrestling ring themed watercraft at the 2015 Red Bull Party Wave surfing competition.

Applications are currently being accepted for the third annual Red Bull Party Wave, set for Aug. 28 at Queens Beach in Waikiki.

The first 20 “quality team applications” will be accepted by organizers of the event, which requires participants to dress in themed costumes and perform skits on the beach before heading into the water to surf as a team. This year’s competition will also serve as the final event of the annual Duke’s OceanFest, a weeklong festival held in honor of legendary Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku.

According to the official Party Wave rules, teams must build their own watercraft with a creative theme within the designated time period. Each craft must be entirely self-powered, although team members can use paddles; no sails or motorized elements allowed. All materials used must float and be environmentally friendly.

COURTESY RED BULL

COURTESY RED BULL

In addition, all team must have a minimum of three members at least 16 years old and everyone must take part in paddling out and simultaneously surfing at least one wave. Teams will be judged on craft creativity, team showmanship/costume quality and surf performance.

To sign up for this year’s competition, visit redbull.com/partywave.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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