Keiki Kowabunga

Registration is now open for the Keiki Kowabunga Challenge, a new, all-levels surf contest from Neighbors For Kids, set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Otter Rock State Park.

The contest is open to kids aged seven to 16, with entrants, separated into three age groups. There will be a panel of judges consisting of local surfers and community members who will score the event. Snacks, drinks, goodie bags, event t-shirts, a raffle drawing and prizes will be awarded to all participants.

This surf contest, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm, will be provided free to the first 75 surfers, so parents are encouraged to register online at

The event is being held in loving memory of Byron Lewis, a longstanding NFK board member who was a local surfer and fully supported the surf camps offered at the Kids Zone Summer Day Camp.

NFK’s Summer Surf Camps started in 2014. In the beginning, staff took about 15 kids to the beach; now they take up to 50 kids every Friday for 11 weeks from June through August. NFK hopes the Keiki Kowabunga Challenge will serve as a way to cap their Summer Surf Camp experience, demonstrate the skills youth have gained during surf camp, offer them the opportunity to get a feel for what it is like to participate in a contest and gain confidence.

For more information, or to sponsor the event, call 541-765-8990.

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