Kemper during the final Kemper during the final Photo: WSL

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Monday, 07 December 2015 00:00


Local surfer won the Pe’ahi Challenge, a Big Wave Tour competition.


Maui local Billy Kemper (HAW) won the Big Wave Tour's Pe'ahi ChallengeSunday, scoring one for the home crowd. His rhythm was undeniable throughout the day, as he built his scoreline in three heats. He ultimately controlled the Final thanks to a perfectly timed tube-ride in massive conditions.

It was the first-ever Pe'ahi Challenge and with wave faces of 40-to-60 feet predicted, it promised to be a historic event. When dawn broke Sunday morning, there was no doubt that the hype would deliver.

"This is a dream come true," Kemper said. "We've been talking about this moment for years and to have a paddle event in my backyard at, to me one of the most premier, outstanding waves in the world, means everything to me. It doesn't feel real and I just want to dedicate this to my brother. To paddle Pe'ahi has been a dream of mine for a very long time and to be out there with some of my favorite surfers and best friend -- I'm just speechless."


The Pe'ahi Challenge is the second Big Wave Tour event to run in the 2015/2016 season and the first of the Northern Hemisphere window, and with the massive 40-to-50 foot faces coming in the event was deemed a Gold Coefficient competition - meaning the maximum amount of points were earned by competitors. With a win, Kemper earned 15,625 points and is the current Big Wave Tour Rankings leader.

PE’AHI CHALLENGE - Final results:

1 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 22.77
2 – Albee Layer (HAW) 19.33
3 – Greg Long (USA) 16.26
4 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 1.00
5 – Gabriel Villaran (PER) 0.80
6 – Shane Dorian (HAW) 0.00



SF 1: Greg Long (USA) 21.53, Billy Kemper (HAW) 16.66, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 12.03, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 11.04, Shaun Walsh (HAW) 8.66, Carlos Burle (BRA) 3.34

SF 2: Albee Layer (HAW) 23.60, Ian Walsh (HAW) 19.79, Shane Dorian (HAW) 17.67, Mark Healey (HAW) 14.09, Nic Lamb (USA) 10.07, Kai Lenny (HAW) 9.56



Heat 1: Billy Kemper (HAW) 21.07, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 18.17, Carlos Burle (BRA) 17.27, Nic Vaughan (USA) 16.70, David Wassel (HAW) 8.33, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 6.00

Heat 2: Greg Long (USA) 24.50, Shaun Walsh (HAW) 23.83, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 14.74, Aaron Gold (HAW) 6.00, Makuakai 

Heat 3: Albee Layer (HAW) 11.93, Nic Lamb (USA) 10.34, Mark Healey (HAW) 9.63, Yuri Soledade (HAW) 9.27, Tyler Larronde (HAW) 7.61, Grant Baker (ZAF) 5.34

Heat 4: Ian Walsch (HAW) 21.67, Kai Lenny (HAW) 19.21, Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.17, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 4.01, Koa Rothman (HAW) 1.20, Anthony Tashnick (USA) 0.20



Billy Kemper (HAW) 15,625
Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 13,156
Albee Layer (HAW) 13,020
Greg Long (USA) 10,850
Nic Lamb (USA) 10,565



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