Megan Godinez won the Wahine Pro/Am Division at the China Uemura & Soul Surfing Crew 14th Annual Wahine Surfing Classic yesterday. The all-female, two-day surf contest used a southwest swell at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki.
Godinez utilized the highly contestable 4-foot wave-face heights rolling into Queens to capture the victory. This win was also a way for the 18-year-old Queens local to break a streak.
"I’ve had a bad losing streak lately," Godinez said. "So this feels good."
Godinez said the waves were a little slow in the 30-minute final. Her highest-scoring ride was a set wave that allowed her to complete a helicopter 360 and followed it with a solid turn on the inside section.
This was Godinez’s second victory at China’s Wahine Classic and it was her ninth time competing in this long-running Waikiki event. Proceeds from this surf contest benefit the Kapiolani Medical Center For Women and Children Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Godinez enjoys the camaraderie of this contest and its philanthropy.
"It means a lot for the women because it’s ‘Girl Power,’" said Godinez. "I personally know women who’ve been (abused), and for Uncle China and Kapiolani (Medical Center) to work together is really good and I’m grateful for that."
Godinez also said that this would be the last year that China Uemura would be putting on the Wahine Classic, but there will be another sponsor stepping up next year.
"I love Uncle China and he is the best ever," Godinez said.
Uemura also hosts a men’s and women’s event at Queens called the 26th annual Longboard Surfing Classic that is set for July 22-25.
Wahine Longboard Pro/Am: Megan Godinez; Stand-Up Paddle: Geodee Clark; Longboard Pee Wee (10 and under): Kailee Graf; Longboard Menehune (11-13): Jenna Forti; Longboard Junior Girls (14-17): Maili Enos-Branigan; Longboard Girls (18-29): Ashley Ahina; Longboard Women’s (30-39): Mimi Horiuchi; Longboard Senior Women (40-49): Pinoi Makalena; Longboard Grand (50+): Suzzane Walker Shortboard Pee Wee (11 and below): Honolua Blomfield; Shortboard Girls (12-17): Jenna Forti; Shortboard Women (18+): Megan Apo