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South Shore Surfy Summer Saturday

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I love summertime in Town! Guys always complain about how crowded it is on the South Shore and it totally is, but with the masses comes a load of surf events to attend on land. This past Saturday was jam-packed with waveriding-related things to do in Honolulu. My morning started off by checking out the Arnette Cash Pot Series at Ala Moana Bowls: Wayne Agasalda, Joel Centeio, Joey and Bean Dip posed by the pro-am contest’s signage on Magic Island. Bowls Local Randall Paulson won the event and took home $500 for a first place finish in the 2-to 3-foot waves.

Arguably the best surf contest commentator in the game today, Kaipo Guerrero, was stoked to get the latest issue. He calls Contrast the “Polynesian Vice,” which is one of the coolest compliments, ever!

Hilo's Robert Patterson shaped a board for a giveaway at the Arnette #cashpot. Rob is part of a dying breed of competitive surfer: the surfer/shaper.

Hilo's Robert Patterson shaped a board for a giveaway at the Arnette #cashpot. Rob is part of a dying breed of competitive surfer: the surfer/shaper.

Cheeseburger.

Cheeseburger.

Tradewinds were blowing hard on Saturday so you needed to secure your tent to the ground. These groms obviously did not use pegs.

Tradewinds were blowing hard on Saturday so you needed to secure your pop-up tent to the ground. These groms obviously did not.

Nick Mita knows how to properly erect a pop-up tent at a surf contest. His son also knows how to give uncle five.

Nick Mita knows how to properly erect a pop-up tent at a surf contest. His son also knows how to give uncle five.

The Arnette Cash Pot Series boasted a $3,000 prize purse and awarded each heat winner with some cold hard cash. Kekoa Cazimero getting paid after winning his round 2 heat.

The Arnette Cash Pot Series boasted a $3,000 prize purse and awarded each heat winner with some cold hard cash. Kekoa Cazimero getting paid after winning his second round heat.

Since there were 72 competitors, there were six-man, 15-minute heats that had all the surfers feeling like they were back in HASA. For those that don't know, this type of heat format is tough when set waves are few and far between. Guys were getting eggy because of the paddle battles and lack of waves with scoring potential. Fortunately, Greg Nakamura and Jason Shibata helped keep things civil with their endearing Aloha Spirit.

Since there were 72 competitors, there were six-man, 15-minute heats that had all the surfers feeling like they were back in HASA. For those that don't know, this type of heat format is tough because it's hard to catch multiple waves with high-scoring potentital. Guys were getting eggy because of the paddle battles and lack of waves. Fortunately, Greg Nakamura and Jason Shibata helped keep things civil with their endearing Aloha Spirit.

After watching Jason, Greg and Moody's heat, I surfed super fun Rockpile Rights with Aloha Stadium (Russell, Simpo and Trav). While Ryan Kelly and Sean Moody went to lunch.

After watching Jason, Greg and Moody's heat, I surfed super fun Rock Pile Rights with Aloha Stadium (Russell, Simpo and Trav). While Ryan Kelly and Sean Moody went to lunch.

In the late-arvo, my wahine (woman) and I went to Kaeo Awana's graduation party at Hickam Air Force Base. Kaeo graduated from Kamehameha this year and was the surf team captain.

In the late-arvo, my wahine (woman) and I went to Kaeo Awana's graduation party at Hickam Air Force Base. I was tripping out how beautiful Foster's Point- where Kaeo had his grad party- is on base. It's typical in Hawai'i for some of the best beaches and surf breaks to be on a military base, which is pretty lame for civilians and Hawaiians.

The best part of a high school graduation party is usually the Hawaiian food.

The best part of a high school graduation party is usually the Hawaiian food.

Clockwise from purple liquid: Poi, squid lu'au, chicken long rice, ahi limu poke, beer, sweet potato and kalua pig.

Clockwise from purple liquid: Poi, squid lu'au, chicken long rice, ahi limu poke, beer, sweet potato and kalua pig.

Kaeo graduated this year and was the 2011-12 Kamehameha surf team captain. So Surf Team Head Coach, Lea Arce, was at the party with her boyfriend.

Kaeo graduated this year and was the 2011-12 Kamehameha surf team captain. So Surf Team Head Coach, Lea Arce, was at the party with her boyfriends to congratulate the grom.

Bailed from the grad party early to make the Honolulu Museum of Art's 5th Annual Surf Film Festival opening reception.

Bailed from the grad party early to make the Honolulu Museum of Art's 5th Annual Surf Film Festival opening reception. This is Gina Davidson's last year organizing the film festival, and it's a bummer to see her go because she does such a good job with this event. The Surf Film Festival is from July 7-31, and I highly suggest catching a couple of flicks before the end of the month.

Ran into to Super CW and Crystal Thornburg-Homcy first thing, which was rad!

Ran into to Super CW and Crystal Thornburg-Homcy first thing at the Honolulu Musuem of Art, which was rad!

Mark Cunningham, their homie and Mike Stewart were at film festival for the screening of "Come Hell or High Water."

Mark Cunningham, artist John Koga and Mike Stewart were at film festival for the screening of "Come Hell or High Water."

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Executive Director Randy Rarrick was the emcee of the evening. I'm always impressed by how good of a public speaker he is.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Executive Director Randy Rarrick was the emcee of the evening. I'm always impressed by how good of a public speaker he is.

Opening night was sold out. The first film of the evening was "I Love To Paddle," which documented the 2008 trans-island canoe paddle of Nappy Napoleon, who is picture here with his wife, Anona.

Opening night was sold out. The first film of the evening was "I Just Love To Paddle," which documented the 2008 trans-island canoe paddle of Nappy Napoleon, who is pictured here with his wife, Anona.

“I Just Love To Paddle” was amazing! Nappy Napoleon has paddled across the Ka’iwi Channel (between Moloka’i and O’ahu) more than a 100 times. He is the head coach and founder of the Anuenue Canoe Club. Besides Napoleon’s awesome athletic accomplishment of crossing all of the Hawaiian Islands’ channels by one-man canoe in six consecutive days, the coolest part of the film was hearing Uncle Nappy’s outlook on paddling and life. Nappy was so genuine in his interviews and his lifelong dedication to his passion, canoe paddling, was inspiring.

After “I Just Love To Paddle,” there was a screening of “Come Hell or High Water,” which documents the lifestyle of body surfing. Here is some of the stars and cinematographers of the film: Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, Dave Homcy, Don King and Mike Stewart. I was ready to go buy a speedo and new fins after the movie. Torpedo people are so cool! I went home and practiced bodysurfing in the bath tub until my GF yelled at me that night.

South shore wins

Monday, September 7th, 2009


Little vid from the Red bull rivals contest this weekend at Sandy beach. It was a battle for bragging rights. Town vs. North shore. 2 teams of 11 surfers from town & country did battle at neutral territory Sandy beach. The south shore came out with the win at the end. Great event with good vibes, Hot chicks Everywhere!, and some serious shredding going down. Jamie O’brien pulling 2 airs, one tube and a banking reverse in 10 minutes was the best heat i saw. Who says JOB can’t surf small waves.

Flynn Novak steals the show at Ala Moana Bowls

Friday, August 21st, 2009

North Shore’s own Flynn Novak in the White Jersey stole the show in the last minutes of an action packed final to make it 2 years in a row at Ala Moana Bowls!  Despite the vicious backhand attacks from Roy Powers, Dustin Cuizon and Solomon Ortiz, Flynn’s patented slash backs earned him the fat check and the number 1 spot of the ASP Hawaii ratings. Check out Transworld Surf’s Report

Although the money is good, the majority of these competitors are all vying for a spot in the 2009 Triple Crown Events coming up this November on the North Shore.  A great result in this event and the Xcel Pro coming up this October could earn surfers a spot into the coveted events at Haleiwa and Sunset Beach in the prime Winter months. Read more about the Triple Crown

A big congratulatory hug from Flynn’s father Walt and the boys

A big shaka to this guy Big Island Boy, Solomon Ortiz coming in second place

Ewa Beach’s Dustin and Kaden Cuizon received thrid place today

Kauai’s Roy Powers was on fire the entire event!

I like to give a special honorable mention and a very deserving one to Keanu Asing for his performance over the last 2 days.  Keanu who just turned 16 was competing against the World’s and Hawaii’s best surfers and competitors.  From ISA World Champions, Triple Crown Champions to ASP World Title Champions, they were all here, and Keanu out performed all of them.  I’m not talking in just one heat, but 3 of the top 4 heat totals of the whole event were held by Asing along with the top 3 (9.75, 9.5 & 9.25) of 4 single wave scores of the contest!

Keanu is on fire and a great representation for Hawaii and Juniors around the World!  This was a great event for him to show where his game is at although he is just a Junior.  For Flynn, Sol, and Dustin its a great start to the Hawaii season and strengthens their chances of a Triple Crown qualification.  Roy Powers got a bit of a warm up for a very busy World Tour schedule coming up with events at Trestles, France, Spain and then back to Hawaii for the Winter.  We wish Roy the best of luck along with other Hawaiians on tour Freddy P, Kekoa “BAM” Bacalso and Dustin Barca!

This all couldn’t have been made possible without the efforts and support from Sponsor Me, TransworldSurf, Surfing Live and ASP Hawaii!

Hawaii’s top Professional surfers to compete at Ala Moana Bowls

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Wanna watch Hawaii’s top professional surfers throw down Oahu’s South Shore at Ala Moana Bowls?  If so you can check out the event live either from Magic Island Beach Park or by way of the internet from your home or office computer.  Check the links below for all of the background information of the event and the location.  You will have the opportunity to watch guys like Joel Centeio, Hank Gaskell, Randall Paulson, Ian Walsh, Myles Padaca, and Pancho Sullivan to name a few and the list goes on and on!  Here are a few ways to keep up with the events action without missing a beat.

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