John "Pops" Ah Choy Foundation



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Midweek Article

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 2:15 PM

"Saying Aloha to 'Pops' Ah Choy" by Ron Mizutani

It was a royal salute to one of Hawaii’s true wave-riding innovators and pioneers. Dozens paddled out to Kuhio Beach Aug. 30 (2014) to say aloha to John “Pops” Ah Choy. Mike Ah Choy remembers his father.


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KHON2 News Article and Video Interview

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 7:28 PM

"Honoring the Pioneer of Stand Up Surfing"  By Ron Mizutani

Stand up surfing is one of the world's fastest growing sports and it all started in Hawaii thanks to a man named John "Pops" Ah Choy.  From monster waves, to monster rapids, standup surfing is exploding across the world.  "My daughter lives in Oregon and they do it she sees people standup paddle in the river in Oregon,” said Mike Ah Choy, son of “Pops” Ah Choy.  Mike Ah Choy is blown away knowing his dad was the man who started the craze 50 years ago.

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MidWeek Article

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 7:20 PM

"The Legendary Pops Ah Choy" By Ron Mizutani printed on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

There are several stories as to the origin of stand-up paddlesurfing. But “old-timers” at Waikiki Beach will tell you if it wasn’tfor John “Pops” Ah Choy and his sons Bobby and Leroy, there would be nostories.  Pops loved to surf but he wasn’t a beachboy. Bobby and Leroy werethe legends on the beach, serving tourists for years. Pops worked forHawaiian Electric Co. for 37 years as a troubleshooter.  Yet it was Dad who planted the seed for what is now the fastest-growing water sport in the world.


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Contest Results

Posted on November 1, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Menehune Girls Division

1. Vanina Walsh

2. Tiara Whitford

3. Tiki Willis 

Menehune Boys Division

1. Christopher Bluthardt 

Boys 14-17yrs

1. Marciano Whitford 

Womens (18-39)

1. Jen Koki

2. Geodee Clark

3. Keico Kela

4. Edy Gawiran 

Womens Masters (40+ years)

1. Helen Villena

2. Pinoi Makalena

3. Gail Murakami

4. Yuko Johnston 

Mens (18-29 years)

1. Brandon Buth

2. John Paul Kaleopaa

3. Cody Harada

4. Helamon Capillan 

Mens Masters (30-39)

1. Atilla Jobaggyi

2. Lenny Capenia

3. Kawika Akiyama

4. Allen Farinas 

Mens Seniors (40-49)

1. Alika Willis

2. Danny Tamonte

3. Kala Alexander

4. Derek Parker 

Mens Grandmasters (50-59)

1. Ricky Ah Choy

2. Michael Kuakini

3. Tommy Reyes

4. China Uemura 

Mens Legends (60+)

1. Stephen Katayama 

Go Johnny Go Relay Race

1. Kala Alexander/Atilla Jobaggyi

2. John Paul Kaleopaa/Danny Tamonte 

Go Jane Go Relay Race

1. Geodee Clark/Jen Koki

2. Gail Murakami/Helen Villena 

Tandem Adult with Child

1. Leleo Kinimaka/Vanina Walsh

2. Chuck Inman/Tenaya Richardson

3. Alika Willis/Tiki Willis 

Pro-Am Division

1. Kolaiah Jardine

2. Kala Alexander

3. Atilla Jobaggyi 

Leroy Ah Choy

Posted on June 24, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Leroy, son of John, was a master canoe steersman.  During the 60s, he was a part of many championship paddling crews with Hui Nalo.  He was one of the top surfers in the world and a world champion tandem surfer.  One of his training methods consisted of walking and balancing on the thin railing along the steep beach trail at diamond head.  

Leroy was also an entrepreneur and started a surf concession stand at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  In the 70s, he partnered with Harry Robello and started a picture taking business, which catered to the many tourists on Waikiki beach.  Through taking pictures, he started to Stand-Up Paddle Surf.  Leroy approached his job as a surf instructor, canoe captain, and photographer with enthusiasm, always sharing the "aloha spirit" with his customers.  To him, every customer was a VIP.  Always the innovator, he envisioned one day performing wedding ceremonies on his canoe off of the Waikiki shoreline.  Unfortunately he passed away before realizing this dream.  

Surf Fest

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 10:01 PM

On October 23 & 24, 2010, we will be honoring John "Pops" Ah Choy as well as his sons, Bobby and Leroy, for their contributions to the sport of surfing. We will be holding an All Stand-up Paddle Surf Event at Kuhio Beach in which part of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Association of Hawaii--a disease that John is now living with.