Local surf hero Ian Walsh hosts a weekend surf extravaganza, surrounding his 9th Annual Menehune Mayhem Junior Surf Contest. Events kick off with a film screening on Thursday night (Mar. 8) at Lulu’s Lahaina, where adrenaline junkies 21-and-over can get some serious ass-clenching inspiration by witnessing Walsh vs. Jaws (he’s mic’ed to boot!) in the groundbreaking short, Red Bull Soundwave. Come Saturday morning (Mar. 10), the shores of Walsh’s Ho‘okipa home break transform into an observation deck where admirers can catch Maui’s top amateur rippers competing in the all-day junior surf competition. This free event showcases the best local surf talent, all the while promoting pono advancement in our isle’s youth both in and out of the water. One unique aspect to Walsh’s Menehue Mayhem is that–in addition to the four final podium positions–awards are given to both the boy and girl rippers with the highest GPA, and five additional memorial awards (honoring Walsh’s friends who have passed away) are presented for sportsmanship. All groms get hooked up with free grinds, sick prizes and awards galore during this day of fun activities–so it’s no wonder the contest divisions fill up fast. (If you’re interested in participating, pick up an entry form at Hi-Tech Surf shops. Divisions include Girls 11-and-under, Girls 12-14, Girls 15-17, Boys 9-and-under, Boys 10-11, Boys 12-13, Boys 14-15, and Boys 16-17. Entry forms should be mailed to 720 #5 Hana Hwy., Paia.) And with Red Bull and Fox sponsoring the event, Walsh’s surf fest features major surf schwag, appearances by other famed surfers (including twins Shaun and D.K. Walsh), plus live performances by “Honolulu’s top nightlife entertainer” DJ Eskae, and Red Bull’s Thre3style champion, DJ Compose. Capping off this surf-and sun-filled weekend, 21-and-over chargers (surf and credit card alike) can hit up the event’s “infamous after-competition party” on Saturday night (Mar. 10) at Charley’s on the North Shore.
Film Screening (21+) – Thu. (Mar. 8), 9pm-close, Lulu’s Lahaina (Lahaina Cannery Mall, 1221 Honoapi‘ilani Hwy.); 661-0808
Junior Surf Competition – Sat. (Mar. 10), 8am-4pm, Ho‘okipa Beach Park; updates via
@RedBullAloha / @IanWalsh4 / @FoxSurf
After Party (21+) – Sat. (Mar. 10), 9pm-close, Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon (142 Hana Hwy., Paia);