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Aloha Boardshop Fish Fry

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

This past weekend at Queens in Waikiki, Contrast Magazine participated in the 2nd Aloha Boardshop Fish Fry surf contest. This unique, backyard-style surf contest featured 26 teams participating on fish style surfboards provided by Aloha Boardshop. Over 20 different surfboard shapers made boards that were either quad or twin fins with funky outlines. Contestants pulled a number out of a bowl before each heat and rode the corresponding numbered board. Fun! Each team surfed together during their heats, surfing once on Saturday and once on Sunday. The top three teams with the highest heat totals advanced to the finals and got to surf a third heat on Sunday afternoon. After the first two rounds, Team Contrast (Editor Daniel Ikaika Ito, Publisher Race Skelton, contributors Jun Jo and Grant Ramey) placed 2nd and advanced to finals. In the finals, they finished 2nd again for a 2nd overall finish.

“The combination of the unique format of riding weird boards, surfing Queens together with your friends (team) and the laidback atmosphere made for a great contest experience. Surfing as a team was awesome because you got to cheer each other on, figure out who needed scores and scream like a grom as your friend surfed past you. The scene on the beach was like a party, with lots of trash talking, lots of jokes and lots of high-fives. Very special thank you to Aloha Boardshop for putting on such a fun event, we’ll be back next year aiming for the win!” -Race, Team Contrast

Team Contrast (Grant, Daniel, Jun & Race). Photo @MP_LEE

Somebody bottom turning in a yellow jersey back there.

Team Contrast MVP Jun Jo, tearing one on a Robin Johnson shape.

Congratulations to Team Sera’s Surf taking home 1st place! They had the best waves of the day during their final heat and capitalized with barrels and groovy turns. Photo @MP_LEE

Team Contrast! Stoked with their 2nd place trophies! Photo @MP_LEE

Aloha Boardshop Honolulu Fish Fry presented by Oxbow this weekend

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Aloha Boardshop’s Honolulu Fish Fry, presented by Oxbow, is going off this weekend at Kuhio Beach, Waikiki (Queens). This contest will showcase the classic “fish tail” surf board. All contestants will be required to compete on a fish surfboard provided by Aloha Boardshop and donated by local top custom surfboard shapers from
around the island. Contestants will draw “raffle style” from a “fish board” bowl to determine their designated ride for each heat. The ALOHA BOARDSHOP HONOLULU FISH FRY 2011 PRESENTED BY OXBOW is a celebration of the basic human drive to create. ABS wishes to shine a light on the artisans that sculpt out of nothing
an artifact, which allows the surfer to express themselves on the waves we slide. Surfing is an artistic pursuit no matter what logos are stickered on the board or in what venue these spontaneous acts take place. Beauty is a subjective thing but all surfers would agree that surfing is a creative, albeit not always conscious, interaction with nature and the energy of life itself. As a tribe, surfers are dedicated to the fleeting feeling of moment-to-moment creativity that then evaporates as the wave breaks and recedes.The shaper is the wizard that conjures from the multitudes a singular idea that becomes a shape, which we then attempt to honor by drawing beauty from a breaking wave. Surfers have to recognize the sculptors of these wave sleds. Without our amazing shapers and their dedication to the art of building surfsticks surfing as we know it dies and becomes just another sport where the tools of the trade are mass produced items that are indifferent to the amazing interaction that surfing embodies. Shapers are the shamans of the tribe. They are the ones who help guide surfing through the wilderness towards the beautiful and away from the processed junk that attempts to overwhelm the modern surfer. The ABS HFF 2011 is our small attempt to bring shapers out into the forefront to receive the accolades they so richly deserve for leading the charge for all of us that love the simple act of sliding down the face of a breaking wave.

Dennis Pang
Ben Aipa
Glenn Miyasaki
Kerry Tokoro
Alan Uehara
Keoki Ching
Danny O’Brien
Eric Howard
George Ku
Mike Tuten
Aloha Boardshop will organize a group of world-class shapers to supply contestants with equipment–
each board builder will shape one fish board (twin-fin and quad).

Reef Hawaiian Pro 2010 Pool Party Video

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

“Breathtaking”, “Genius”, “Boner” words that describe The Reef Hawaiian Pro 2010 Pool Party Video. Marriott Waikiki. Honolulu, HI. Built by CWSK. Nocturnal Sound Krew. Contrast Magazine.

Reef Pool Party Party Party

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

< Photos from the Raging Reef Pool Party at the Marriott. First off we have to thank the sponsors Reef, Red Stripe, 7 Tiki, (thanks for giving away all that cool gear, Shoes, towels, hats, beach mats, love) Contrast (ourselves) and of course SuperCw, Eskae, and the Nocturnal Sound Krew for another EPIC Pool party. Second and most important all the awesome people that came out and raged there fucking faces off. There is an amazing,amazing video coming soon hold on tight. Until then you can check the full photo gallery {here}

Hawaiian Island Creations Waikiki Opens

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I love Waikiki. I’m addicted to my iPhone. I’m infatuated with Hipstamatic. And, I’ve always dug the Hawaiian Island Creations brand because I worked at that surf shop after high school. So, I wanted do the grand opening of the Hawaiian Island Creations Waikiki store blog post entirely from my iPhone. The following images were captured using Hipstamatic at the HIC Waikiki grand opening cocktail party on Saturday.

Donavon Frankenreiter LIVE @ Billabong Waikiki Store

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Check out Donavon Frankenreiter tomorrow 5/29 at Billabong’s Waikiki Store.  Donny will be performing songs from his newest album Revisited!  The show is FREE to all to enjoy.  So come down, enjoy the jam and get a photo with Donny!  Also stay tuned for a piece on Donavon in Contrast’s next issue.

Goons Of Doom!!!

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

The Goons of Doom came to Hawaii to embark on their volcanic rock tour of Oahu.  Contrast caught up with the Goons at their 1st stop the Volcom Store in Waikiki.  Ozzie was there, Bruce was there, even Barney was there! Check out the video from Sweepingpetals on Contrast Tv click (here)Photos: Kate Adams full gallery (here)