***Please note registration for this event is now closed. There are a very limited number of spots still available in select divisions. See the bottom of this page for more information.***

To be held in Waikiki the week of August 19th as part of Duke’s OceanFest, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before! More than 80 athlete’s are expected from 15 countries, all vying to win the coveted Nalu Award – which crowns a single adaptive surfing champion.

Please note that we will be sharing many more announcements about the upcoming event – including unveiling our official 2018 Poster design, sharing accommodation discounts and information, and other updates.

After completing your registration payment you will be redirected to our athlete survey – please fill this out completely.


August 19-22, 2018

Kuhio Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

As part of Duke’s OceanFest


The early bird registration fee for each division is $175  through May 15th, after which the fee will be $200. No cash will be handled at the event, and all registrations must be paid for online through the registration form found below.

Registration closes July 1st. This is the first year we will have an athlete attendance cap, so be sure to register soon to guarantee your spot.


This year features eight competitive divisions, six of which are official qualifying divisions for the “Nalu Award” superheat, which will crown an overall adaptive champion.

Depending upon registrations all divisions may be expanded to include men’s/women’s, A/B competitive divisions, as well as accommodating more specific surfing styles. 1st – 4th place awards will be given for each competitive division.

This is the first year we will be having a Priority system for all competitive heats. For more information on our Priority system and a clarification of our Judging system, CLICK HERE.

Please note that all competitive divisions are for surfers with medically diagnosed physical disabilities.

The 2018 Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships competitive divisions are:






Visually Impaired*


Wounded Warrior

* = “Nalu Award” championship qualifying division.

PLEASE NOTE: All athletes must provide their own equipment, athletes competing in the assisted division must also provide their own water support staff.

Any athlete looking to register for the Wounded Warrior division, please contact cara@accessurf.org


The Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championships classification system is in development and strives to facilitate an inclusive classification system that levels the playing field of competitive adaptive surfing.

For an in depth review of our classification system, CLICK HERE.


We have partnered with Aqua Aston hotels to offer competing athletes and their guests a 20% discount on accommodations at any of their many Oahu properties. Visit www.aqua-aston.com to find your room and use the promo code “OCEANFEST” when checking out to secure your discount.



Please note that registration for this event is now officially closed. However, there are still a very limited number of available spots in certain competitive divisions. Those openings are:

  • (2) Sit Division, Male
  • (2) Kneel Division
  • (3) Deaf Division
  • (2) Wounded Warrior B
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