In Memory of Rob Thibaut

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Kimo’s, a landmark restaurant in Old Lahaina Town since 1977, would like to announce the 42nd Annual Kimo’s Longboard Contest. Held at Maui’s Mala Wharf, the contest holding period will start May 1st, 2019 and will run through May 31st, 2019.

The contest pays homage to traditional wave riding – longboards are required to be nine to eleven feet, single fin only and the ‘no cord rule’ applies (no leashes allowed). A panel of qualified judges will evaluate the competitors based on a combination of nostalgic and traditional long boarding techniques including Nose Riding (Hanging 10, Cheater 5’s, Heels First) Fin-First Take-Offs, Helicopter 360’s, Drop-Knee Bottom and Top Turns, and Proper Cross-Stepping when walking the plank. Approximately 54 longboard soul-surfers are expected to participate in the 20-minute heats of our double-elimination amateur contest. 

Kimo’s Annual Longboard Contest is held in memory of Rob Thibaut, Co-Founder of T S Restaurants which is the parent company of Kimo’s. During his lifetime, Thibaut was an avid surfer and loved spending time in the ocean with his friends and family. He took particular pride in sharing his passion for wave riding with his daughter, Angela, and his two sons, Chris and Rob.

Today surfers of all ages participate in this beloved and unique community event.

Kimo’s cordially invites you to be a part of the contest. We are seeking merchandise, gift certificates and/or any other items to be used as prizes for our talented contestants. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight your business to our community in a meaningful way. We encourage you to become a part of a legacy and a tradition that makes Kimo’s proud to honor not only Thibaut, but the next generation of Maui surfers.

Aloha to you.

Photo Credit: Adam Kelvin

Rider: Eric Casco