The 13th annual Irons Brothers Pine Trees Classic is set for Saturday morning in Hanalei.
The children’s surfing contest, which begins at 7 a.m., will run all day for kids ages 5 through 12 years at Pine Trees beach.
Danielle Irons, mother of surfers Bruce and the late Andy Irons, said the event itself is much more than simply a surf contest.
She said the contest started 13 years ago as a way for Bruce and Andy to give back to the children on Kauai and the event has grown since.
“It’s a really beautiful event. Always has been,” Danielle said. “As it grows, more and more it becomes a community day. Thousands of people show up.”
Several items are donated to the kids from sponsors including T shirts, backpacks, hats and posters. A few surfboards will also be given away.
Free lunches will also be provided.
Danielle said the best part of the event is seeing the joy in the kids faces.
“All these kids and the smiling faces (is) pure joy for me. It’s the best time of the year,” she said. “Missing Andy, I know he’s up there smiling. Hopefully, this will continue on.”
Andy’s wife Lyndie also said she looks forward to seeing how excited the children are during the festivities.
“They just love it and they’re so excited,” Lyndie said. “Andy and Bruce’s sponsors donate a lot of goodies for the kids ... They go crazy.
“They’re so appreciative ... It’s really cute,” she added.
Around 5,000 flock to the beach and park throughout the day each year.
Lyndie said game booths will be set up for the kids who aren’t participating in the contest itself. She said she hope the contest will become a two-day event in the future.
Entry fee for the contest will be a can of non-perishable food that will be donated to a food bank.
“We’ve done it every year. We just want to give back,” Lyndie said.
Andy’s father Bruce said trophies will be presented to the finalists of the boys and girls’ ages 11-12 and 9-10 brackets. Trophies will also be given to all participants of the 8-and-under bracket.
“It’s kind of cool to see 150 trophies that say first place,” Bruce said. “The gist of this thing is the thrill of giving back and the joy of fun. Everybody wins.
“We’re able to give something to those who don’t get anything. That’s the big thing ... It’s giving a heart. That’s what this is about,” he added.