The “Rabbit” Is Coming Home: 14th Annual Rabbit Kekai Longboard Classic is Going Back to Surfing’s Roots
HONOLULU – June 17, 2009 – After 13 years in Costa Rica, the Rabbit Kekai Longboard Classic is moving to Waikiki, the hometown of its namesake luminary, Albert “Rabbit” Kekai, August 23 to 29, 2009.
As Kekai, surf legend and original Outrigger Boys Club member, prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday, women’s surf brand Gidget Worldwide, Inc and classic surf brand Toes on the Nose is relocating the 14th annual “Rabbit Classic” to Toes’ famed team rider’s stomping grounds.
“It only made sense to bring the Rabbit home,” said Henry Ford, the Special Events and Promotions Director with Gidget Worldwide, Inc.
In conjunction with The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s OceanFest 2009, the Rabbit Kekai Longboard Classic will be a featured event bringing authentic surfing roots to the celebration. The pairing is bittersweet, as Kekai is one of the last living Beach Boys and friends of Duke Kahanamoku.
The tournament will feature two points-rated PLA- and ASP-sanctioned world-class events: the men’s Toes on the Nose longboard event — a Grade 2 LQS event with a $10,000 purse; and the women’s Gidget Open Pro event — a Grade 5 women’s LQS boasting an $8,000 purse.
“It’s great to have the event come full circle,” said Randy Rarick, Executive Director of the Vans Triple Crown and surfboard shaper. “It’s back to surfing’s roots. It’s back to where it all started.”
Seen as a gathering of the tribes, the event pulls traditional longboarders from around the world. With more than 15 countries represented at last year’s event this year, with the more easily accessible location, is expected to draw even more. As some of the world’s top surfers make their rounds in the ASP circuit, many plan to hit the Rabbit Classic.
“Rabbit is a god in Waikiki,” added Richard Allred, Toes on the Nose president. “The event is all about celebrating Rabbit and his legacy; we are honored to bring the Rabbit Classic to where it all began.”
About Rabbit Kekai:
Rabbit Kekai rode his first wave in 1925. For more than 80 years the ocean has been his playground, his home and his own personal arena of excellence. He is an icon and mainstay in surfing’s elite history. Rabbit obtained international notoriety in the newsreels of the 40’s and 50’s when the rest of the world was first introduced to men riding wooden planks in the pristine waters and surf of the Hawaiian Islands. His contest record is unparalleled and he is still winning contests around the globe.
About Gidget Worldwide, Inc:
Gidget Worldwide, Inc is a global licensing & apparel company that specializes in goods and services for young women and girls. The Company has over 400 lines of hard goods, soft goods and entertainment services available for licensees who want to be part of the Gidget team. The Gidget name is synonymous with a clean, wholesome image that Gidget Worldwide, Inc. will bring to young women and girls around the world. Please, visit www.gidgetworldwide.com or http://www.myspace.com/470984340.
About Toes on the Nose:
Toes on the Nose, a surf apparel company dedicated to the history and soul of surfing, offers a wide array of products including men’s, women’s, swimwear, children’s and accessories. Inspired by the art of nose riding, John Severson, the renowned surf artist and founder/publisher of Surfer magazine, coined the phrase and designed the logo “Toes on the Nose” for his Surfer Quarterly magazine back in 1961. The logo was used for an editorial column entitled “Toes on the Nose” depicting the classic maneuver of the surfer’s toes hanging off the edge of the surfboard. With Surfer magazine’s blessing, Toes on the Nose was established in 1992 in Laguna Beach, California, with the mission to define its image through the definitive soul and style of longboarding. Today, Toes on the Nose continues this tradition, catering to the surfer who wants the clean and classic style reflecting the simplicity of earlier times. Please, visit www.ToesontheNose.com.