Pacific Games Surf Qualifier Postponed To March 5th.


Guam – The Pacific Games qualifier I contest for surf atheletes, which was to have been held on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Hagatna Boat Basin, has been postponed to March 5, due to hazardous wave conditions.  Guahan Napu Inc., the local non-profit association of surfers and body-boarders, is the organizer of the qualifier event.

Said Willi Byerly, president of Guahan Napu Inc., “With the wind and surf conditions the way they are right now, it won’t be conducive to hold the qualifier. The safety of our competitors is a primary consideration.”

On the slate of surfing athletes who will compete in the qualifier and  vie for a place to represent Guam at the Pacific Games in New Caledonia this August are Charlie Ikehara, Derrick Ikehara, Fred Mendiola, Shane Pier, Cheyne Purcell and Joeito Santiago in the men’s surfing division; and Richmond Arciaga, Derrick Ikehara, Fred Mendiola and Joseph Villatora in the men’s longboard surfing category.  

One athlete from each of the category will be selected for Team Guam after the Pacific Games surfing qualifier II event is held on March 26.  Show time for the Pacific Games surfing qualifier I is 6:30 a.m. and competition go time is 7 a.m. at the Hagatna Boat Basin.

For more details about the Pacific Games qualifier I surf competition, please contact Willi Byerly, president of Guahan Napu Inc., at 483-1376, by email to OR Theresa Taimanglo, secretary-general of the association at

Information from a press release.