Tim Hogan Kahuna Tournament
T he reason we have the “Tim Hogan Big Kahuna Chess Tournament” is to celebrate the life of a fine young man. I taught both Tim and Tom Hogan to surf when they were 7 and 9 years old. They both were extraordinary young athletes who went on to shape and sell surf boards. Tim was an amazing young man, quiet and introspective, very bright, and loved to laugh. He was so giving and supportive to his friends and was held in high esteem by everyone. Tim was a young man of many talents and had a unique ability to make everyone laugh and enjoy being around him. He was attending the University of San Diego and was majoring in Biomedical Engineering. It was during that time he was able to follow one of his life’s dreams to “Surf the World” by going to the island of Bali in Indonesia to surf some of the world’s best waves. It was there, tragically, that Tim died as a result of a surfing accident in a sport that he loved. The Tim Hogan Big Kahuna Tournament is my way of honoring and remembering Tim.
Whoever wins “The Big Kahuna Tournament” will have the trophy stay at his/her school for everyone to admire that next year.