Hey everyone! It's that time of the year again!!! In tradition of our annual birthday parties, we are throwing the biggest giveaway party of the year. Bring the whole family down to the Tamba Surf Shop on September 16th anytime between 4 and 8pm for FREE bbq, shave ice, live music, and a raffle with prizes.
This is not only a celebration of our 19 years of being in business on Kaua'i. It's also the beginning of some things we have been working on. As a way of showing our appreciation to the community who keeps us going, we are launching the in store Tamba Warrior Program and the Tamba Foundation.
We will be having a silent auction to kick start our new venture into giving back, the Tamba Foundation. You can bid on some beautiful surf art by Howard Kirk at the event. Read more about him and his work here.
Howard grew up surfing since before wetsuits were mainstream and rode in a limo with Duke Kahanamoku to the airport as a teenager. Long time Kaua'i resident, Howard Kirk is now sharing his stories and passion for surfing through his paintings.
Raised in Southern California's sunny town of Huntington Beach, Howard's life as a young adult plays out like the perfect combination of Bruce Brown's Surf Crazy and complete comedic anarchy that serves as a direct influence on today's fun loving surf star athletes.
Howard and the Surf Board Surf Side Competition Team with Duke Kahanamoku in late summer 1967.
When Howard was in high school, his mother donated a painting of her own of Fred Hemmings surfing to the local high school surf club. The painting was raffled off and the club used that proceeds to buy all the kids surf gear. The Paramount Surf Club was made of kids from different nearby cities. Other kids in surrounding cities made their own clubs and they all competed in the first ever surf contests.
The surf club also spent their time road tripping to surf from as far South as Baja, Mexico, all the way up North to Santa Cruz. Their journeys produced stories of pouring beer into an overheatedradiator and pushing a broken down car off a cliff. So classic.
The Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach has been commissioning Howard over the years to help commemorate the legends of surfing.
With a passion for the waves and a paintbrush, Howard has produced quite a collection of color on canvas. Inspired by his own mother's talent and generosity, Howard is passing on his art to the Tamba Foundation by donating a proceed of his art work. Mahalo! Links: Howard Kirk Tamba Foundation Surf Walk of Fame
August 5th, 2017 started rainy and overcast but let up to be a beautiful day to remember our friend, loving father, and big wave surfer Sion Milosky. About 200 Kaua'i kids signed up for this special community driven event. This day was a complete group effort and everyone involved had such big smiles and were the definition of the aloha spirit.
Enjoy the photos of the special day!
Looks like this board won at the Pine Trees Classic is getting some work done!
Little Axel Irons winning his first heat.
Kelley and Shyloh Hunt going tandem!
Lots of aloha out in the keiki push in heats.
Tamba showing up to make shave ice for the kids.
Awakea Milosky passing out stickers to the groms.
Sariyah Milosky screen printing shirts for competitors.
Shave ice line going all the way into the water!
Catch and release between heats.
Contest director Milo Murguia getting ready for his heat.
Awesome friends, family, and volunteers!
Groms frothing over the give away surf boards.
Pule for da ono grinds.
BOYS Longboard 14 & U
1 Kai Mootz
2 Kanoa Nelson
3 Koa Huges
4 Ethan Hoff
5 Luke Nagel
6 Oliver Zietz
GIRLS Longboard 14 & U
1 Leilani Weber
2 Mahealani Bryan
3 Molly Middlebrook
4 Piper Sheehan
5 Elise Nagel
6 Lililehua Taylor
7 Sarah Burrell
GIRLS 9 - 12
1 Kawai Graham
2 Tehani Carano
3 Sydney Doi
4 Cameron Haeger
5 Kiana Mertz
6 Lekili Mendonca
BOYS 11 & 12
1 Zaia Kakitas
2 Brayden Padilla
3 Eli Ibbs
4 Jae Woods
5 Fin Buick
6 Aiden Ibbs
BOYS 9 & 10
1 Evan Padilla
2 Ari Kakitsis
3 Kadin Oiler
4 Legend Leopoldinp
5 Jonah Grubbs
6 Manalanu Leopoldino
1 Zoie Zietz
2 Malaria Mai
3 Mila O'Rourke
4 Anonui Emery
5 True Goodwin
6 Makena Jimenez
1 Axel Irons
2 Kahanu Rangel
3 West Kelly
4 Chase Parkinson
5 Cheikn Sall
Keiki Push-in winners
OPEN 14 & U
1 Tiger Abubo
2 Rylan Beavers
3 Victor Hepburn
4 Tahaki Papke
5 Summer Navarette
6 Stone Abubo
Winners- Rylan Beavers and Rochelle Ballard
Tamba board give away #1 went to Cheikn Sall.
Tamba board give away #2 went to Chase Parkinson.
This amazing event touched so many kids' lives.
It's days like this that they will remember forever!
Continuing the traditions of the land we call home is one of the most important lifestyle choices you can make. Passing this knowledge and competitive spirit on to the next generation falls on the shoulders of coaches all across our 'aina. Hailing from the East Side of Kaua'i, Coach Nalu Brede, took his boys U 12 team all the way to states this year.
On August 5th, 2017 Pu'uwai Canoe Club Boys 12 U division team paddled in the 2017 HCRA State Championship. This event was hosted by MCHCA and held in Lahaina, Maui on the beautiful shore of Hanakao’o Beach.
"Here are some pics from this past weekends event in which Tamba sponsored the boys shorts and hats. Sending on behalf of my husband, coach Nalu Brede. Thank you guys again for supporting the boys! They did awesome and out of 14 crews they came in 3rd place! We are very proud to represent Kaua'i and sport our Tamba apparel." Heather Brede
With help from Coach Nalu Brede and Larry Riddle, President of Pu’u wai Brian Curll, the boys placed 3rd overall.
We were very happy to help support our very own Hui O Mana Ka Pu'uwai. They practice in Wailua River. You can find out more information on their website: http://puuwai.org
Tamba Surf Company is always happy to support young athletes, and this team is growing right before our eyes! Here is a visual history of where these young men have been the last couple of years. We hope to see some of them in the big leagues one day.
In 2015, under Coach Justin Malina, the Kapaa and Kawaihau team took the state championship title for Intermediate Little League 50-70.
They then won the West Regionals Champions in Nogale, AZ.
The boys got to watch a game and go on the field of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
The boys then advanced to the 50/70 Little League World Series in Livermore, California.
The boys handing out leis and spreading aloha in Livermore, California.
Little brother Sy loves to use Keilan's hat. Cute!
BASH team 2016 coached by Justin Malina, West Kauai Baseball, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken 15U All Stars.
They advance to States July 5-9 on Oahu where they fell short in the tournament.
In the dugout before their game at Pasty Mink Field on Oahu.
2017 Babe Ruth All Stars 15u
Keep practicing and doing your best! We can't wait to see more from these young men with big dreams!
Photos: Kahea McCarthy
For future donations and sponsorships please contact: email@example.com
Up above the busiest little town on Kaua'i, Lihue, on a vast mountain country side lies Iliahi Estate. Not only is this lush piece of the island beautiful, it is also the home to some of the most active invasive species eradicators, the Gayagas 'ohana.
I got a chance to tag along on a hunt with the ace animal control team as they spent the day teaching some visitors about this important Kaua'i lifestyle. The visitors for the day turned out to be the Texeira family from Los Angeles. They were filming their pilot episode of a new reality television series featuring three sisters, Christa, Keana, and Sophie, traveling and learning local culture called "Traveling with the Texeiras". It was an adventure and a challenge for me as our group hunted alongside the most skilled dogs in the muddy jungle.
Billy DeCosta was our educational guide for the day. You can follow his hunting adventures here: @handsome_wild_bill
I brought some of our newest gear to field test. ;)
Our hosts for the day were Boyd and Gaylene Gayagas. I knew I was going to make new friends that day, but I had no idea they would make me feel like family.
Can you guess which one of these girls will kill a wild boar!?
Small kine rain delay. Still smiling! Film crew were troopers!!!
Boar down! It was sister Keana in the pink Tamba hat who got to the boar first!
Nice work ladies!
Boyd is Mr. Aloha up on Iliahi Estate!
The mud made for some great blooper footage. The girls mamma did it all in a dress!
Such a great group of people! A lot of us were first timers and everything went as smoothly as it could. The boar will be made into smoke meat and there will be one less pest digging up crops and ruining precious agricultural land. Thank you everyone for such a wonderful adventure!
This is why taking care of our 'aina the pono way is so important, the next generation. Love you Duke!
July 1st, 2017 the Tamba shop in Kapa'a town stayed open late as friends and family stopped by to shop and enjoy the free food. This time our vendors Jen from Sacred Surf Art had custom art hats and originals paintings, Marina Miller sold fine art photo prints, and live art by Caleb Aero who free hand spray-painted a mural.
Boss man made the salad and served over 100 FREE steak plates and shave ice to everyone walking by. People really enjoyed the delicious food and watching Caleb the aerosol artist, create real art in front of their eyes was unreal!
Thank you to our volunteers and vendors for making this such a successful night!