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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Bruce Irons jetski-assisted Mexican KEG. It starts at the 6:15 mark (for the closer), but rewind to see the the other clips. Especially the waves on a 5′2″ kiteboard. Huh?

Post Heat Interview– Ali‘i Beach Park

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drinks is in the books. The Australians are in the lead for the surf series title with defending Triple Crown Champ Joel Parkinson winning the Reef Hawaiian Pro and 4-time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore capturing the Cholo’s Women’s Hawaiian Pro victory. At least Sunny Garcia came from behind to win the Reef Clash of the Legends presented by Bud Light Lime so the hometown crowd could celebrate that.

Six-time Triple Crown Champ Sunny Garcia rallied after a first round interference call to win the Clash of the Legends. Image by © ASP/ Kelly Cestari
Six-time Triple Crown Champ Sunny Garcia rallied after a first round interference call to win the Clash of the Legends.

“I thought it was going to be a mellow thing, and that first heat woke me up that those guys were hungry and they still want to win so it was anything goes,”said Sunny Garcia after his round 3 heat.

Image by © ASP/ Kelly Cestari
You can't go farther behind-the-scenes than this. Image by Ito

You can't go farther behind-the-scenes than this. Image by Ito

I work as a public and media relations assistant for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which kept me from the Reef Hawaiian Pro Pool Party on Sunday. I was bumming at work that day, but I still love my job and getting paid to hang out the most prestigious surf series in the world. My main job responsibilities are to interview the surfers after their heats, take the soundbites and transcribe those quotes so they can be put into the press release, which is sent out every day the event runs. I also guide media around the event sight and do fun lifestyle stuff like Ask A Hawaiian.

Kaua'i's Alana Blanchard finished third at the Cholo's Women's Hawaiian Pro and is the highest ranked Hawaiian in the overall Triple Crown rankings. Blanchard is a favorite if she gets into the Vans Duel For the Jewel because she already won two Women's Pipeline Pro titles. Image by © ASP/ Kelly Cestari

Kaua'i's Alana Blanchard finished third at the Cholo's Women's Hawaiian Pro and is the highest ranked Hawaiian in the overall Triple Crown rankings. Blanchard is a favorite if she gets into the Vans Duel For the Jewel because she already won two Women's Pipeline Pro titles. Image by © ASP/ Kelly Cestari

When the waves are firing at Hale‘iwa there are all kinds of things washing up on Ali‘i Beach Park. Image by Ito

When the waves are firing at Hale‘iwa there are all kinds of things washing up on Ali‘i Beach Park. Image by Ito

I also cover the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing for ESPN, and on certain occasions for the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Therefore, my post heat interviews can be used twice depending on what gig I’m doing– North Shore double dipping. Triple Dip of Surfing if you count Contrast, too.

Joel Centeio finished runner up this year at the Reef Hawaiian Pro, but has cracked the Haleiwa finals twice in the past two years. That's not an easy task for any surfer. In my opinion, he's Hawai‘i's best Triple Crown contender this year. Image by © ASP/ Kelly Cestari

Joel Centeio finished runner up this year at the Reef Hawaiian Pro, but has cracked the Haleiwa finals twice in the past two years. That's not an easy task for any surfer. In my opinion, he's Hawai‘i's best Triple Crown contender this year. Image by © ASP/ Kelly Cestari

So I’ll try to bring you a unique recap of each event for the whole North Shore contest season, but if you want a day-to-day-behind-the-scenes-all-access-glance into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing then checkout Contrast’s Global Editor Zen Yoshifuku’s blog on triplecrownofsurfing.com. Zen’s mojo so dope, bitch!

"Give a fuck about your lifestyle, give a fuck about a mothafuckin' lifestyle."– Kid Cudi Image by Ito

"Give a fuck about your lifestyle, give a fuck about a mothafuckin' lifestyle."– Kid Cudi Image by Ito

Anti-Canvas

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Click on flyer to see full size. Check that artist list! Whaaaaat?!

Little Secrets– Passion Pit

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Sending good vibes your way for an epic Sunday…

In case you forgot…

Friday, November 19th, 2010

this is what happened last time. come down this sunday.
waikiki marriott. 1pm - 6pm. FREE.
Giveaways from REEF, Red Stripe & 7Tiki.
we’ll be filming again as well.

Just a friendly reminder…let’s get hamski

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Reef Pool Party on Sunday 1-6 pm at the Waikiki Marriott.

Sauna!

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Thanks to the generous people over at Oxbow! They hooked up the staff with their new wetsuit tops that use a new technology for neoprene that retains more heat, is more durable, much more stretchy and better for the environment. The rubber is created using limestone derivatives, instead of the petroleum-based rubber made for wetsuits before. Of course you still have to mine the limestone, but that’s for another blog post.

Pros: this thing is SUPER stretchy. According to the website, it’s 5 times as stretchy as human skin. Which conjures up crazy test lab images. I love the stretchy, cause usually I feel like I’m suffocating in these things, but I actually feel like I can breath. Another pro is the alloy coating on the outside: I feel like Batman in this shit!

Cons: this thing is HOT. I tried it twice, once early in the morning with light winds and once in the afternoon with stiff tradewinds. Both times…I was burning up. I probably burned more calories with this on than without, so maybe that’s a good thing! I can squeeze in a few more Red Stripes in the evening.

M.U.R.S. @NextDoorHNL

Monday, November 15th, 2010

LA’s legendary rapper MURS is live this Thursday at NextDoor. What does MURS stand for? Making Underground Raw Shit? Making the Universe Recognize and Submit? Mime Unions Revolt Silently? Who knows. Just be there. To see such classics as his 2005 hometown jam “L.A.” (above), which samples a lovely Mighty Diamonds reggae tune (below).

The Might Diamonds “Atlas”

It’s ON!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

The REEF Hawaiian Pro is ON today in solid 6-8 foot surf with occassionally larger sets. Watch it live at: http://www.triplecrownofsurfing.com/reefhawaiianpro

If you’re in Hawaii, watch it on digital cable channel 250 (1250 for HD).

Occy vs Sunny vs Curren vs Carroll heat is on today as well. Clash of the Legends!

Congratulations, World Miss Reef Betzy

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Betzy is from Panama and works as a fitness instructor and TV show host.

Betzy is from Panama and works as a fitness instructor and TV show host.

Betzy's most prominent asset.

Betzy's most prominent asset.

They crowned Betzy World Miss Reef yesterday at Ali‘i Beach Park. This bikini pageant was held in conjunction with the Reef Hawaiian Pro, which is the first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. a huge northwest swell tomorrow to start off competition. Should be nuts. You can watch it live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channel 250 or HD1250, and it’s also available live via the Vans Live app or here.