The inaugural BeachGrit Honolua Bay Invitational is waiting for you!
Yesterday, our very own Rory Parker sent over a very funny story about how much it costs to permit Maui’s famed Honolua Bay for three days. HERE
At first read I mistakenly thought he wrote “Hanalei Bay” and thought, “Oh wonderful! Let’s permit it ourselves and run a contest. We’ll invite Kala and Kai Borg and Bruce Irons and Dustin Barca and you (if you pay your $25,000 entry fee).”
At second read (I have to read Rory’s stories twice because he insists on putting two spaces after each period) I realized it was Honolua Bay and thought, “Even better! Maui has no locals! Let’s really throw a wild and crazy contest! But how to raise the money?”
Insightful commenter Mariano Landa wrote, while I was thinking:
Social entrepreneurs are the scourge of the earth. At least investment bankers tell you they’re going to make a buck and fuck you, me, and everyone else instead of acting like profiting from poverty and public funding is a necessary vocation in the post-internet era.
“Eureka!” I shouted and busily cooked up a GoFundMe for the very first BeachGrit Honolua Bay Invitational! Here’s the pitch:
You come to BeachGrit for surf gossip, blood feuds and Matt Warshaw…now stay for our very first surf surf contest!
That’s right! We are raising money for the inaugural BeachGrit Honolua Bay Invitational. A surf contest for the rest of us! We have found a way to secure three days of primo Honolua Bay swell, exclusively, and instead of hording we pass the savings on to you!
The Invitational will be two days pitting “Pros” against “Joes.” You could surf against stars like Ian Walsh or Albee Layer or even Laird Hamilton. Just picture it! The winner will hoist the beautiful Koa wood trophy and be lauded by his or her peers, but, more importantly, will just have surfed gorgous barrelling rights, alone, for two days!
Also, if there is a “joe” who prefers not to paddle out with Laird Hamilton, one whole day will be reserved for his largesse. He can reserve it all and surf with his five best friends but also be given a Koa wood trophy.
The contest will take place around this time next year. How can you not open your wallet?
Come HERE HERE HERE to pledge your dollars. “Next year in Honolua!” as they say…