Small Summer

July 5th, 2014

While there were a wide array of fourth of July celebrations across Oahu this year, there was not much selection for surf. All sides the island were small as south swells seem to have come to a screeching halt for the past week or so and the last swell was downgraded taking almost an hour for the predicted soft four foot sets. Although there was a nice fun run of 2-3 occ 4 foot swells in June, we have not had much for size at all. Matter of fact, even five foot waves have been very scarce this summer and there has not been anything above that which is a let down after last year which offered three rounds of swells that were pretty much as big as town can hold in the time period before the fourth of July.

Bowls has seen a consistent run of contests however. Last weekend, the Triple Crown of Town hosted by No Rep Boardshorts ran their second leg at Bowls. Although the waves were tiny, Cole Yamakawa was able to find enough waves to take the shortboard and Kai Sallas the longboard division. Next Thursday and Friday, will host another pro contests, yet again at Bowls on the 10th and 11th. Arnette will be holding their free surfing contest. Contestants simply show up early and register with no entry fee required.

Makua Rothman recently won the Billabong big wave event in Peru. Koko Ho will grace the pages of ESPNʻs SI body issue and Carissa Moore will have a special ceremony honoring her selection into the Surfers Hall of Fame on July 25th.

Da Hui had itʻs 36th annual paddle board race yesterday on the fourth, just before Turtle Bay kicked off a nice array of fireworks at 8pm. Today, July 5th, JGeeks and Alex Marley will be performing. Hawaii Surf N Sea will host another paddle board race on July 12th. The Northshore has had a little trickle of waves for the past few days, but as usual, holiday weekends on the Northshore are not so nice since it is so packed you canʻt move. Lanis got up to about 3 feet on Wednesday, but it was so packed with long boarders, SUPs and even surf skis that the hardcore guys have to find somewhere else to surf. I guess some more man ini waves are expected on the Northshore for Sunday.

The Honolulu Museum of Art is hosting several surf flicks this month that might be worth checking out. You can view the schedule online.

There is a big south swell stirring for the middle of the month which makes sense because I will be on the mainland, donʻt you hate that. Then again, almost every swell predicted has been downgraded so far this summer so I guess I should not fall into a state of depression just yet. Ah, the woes of being a surfer.
a hui hou.

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Summer is welcome after poor Spring conditions.

June 7th, 2014

After a long and disappointing Spring, the Summer has been quite welcome this year. Most of March, April and even May were plagued with cold N-NE winds, a lot of rain and and very few west swells which are poor conditions for the Northshore. We had a few windows of surf here and there that were fun, but nothing special and they did not last long before the northerly trades played back into the picture. Summer started out with low swell and a lot of surf contests. The state meet was held at Ala Moana Bowls around the end of April and then the first real swell occurred during the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge, but the peak of it arrived one day later on May 17th with a couple 5 ft sets which were the biggest waves we have seen so far. The Local Motion Surf Into Summer scored some really good 2-3 ft surf during their contest this year which included a pro division for the first time. It was won by Seth Moniz with Isaiah Moniz in 2nd, Fynn Novak 3rd and Kekoa Cazimero fourth. Also new to the event this year was a shapers heat which was won by Bouvey Bradley.Even with the pro division the Local Motion still had the same fun vibe that always makes everyone feel included. The T&C Gromfest kicked off the weekend before the Memorial holiday and last weekend hosted the Surf & Sea SUP contest on the Northshore. This past weekend the Northshore Ocean Fest kicked off at Turtle Bay which is a benefit for ocean education while Chinaʻs Wahine Surf Classic was running in Waikiki. Last night the Republix Music fest hosted Makua Rothman, Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, and Rebelution. As you can see no one has an excuse to be board this summer with so many events and venues.

The Hawaii Surfing Championships is holding a "town triple crown professional contest series" this summer which includes short boarding and long boarding for both men and women. The first leg sponsored by Norepboardshorts was held at Kewalos, the next event is at Ala Moana Bowls and the final will be held at Sandy Beach.

Check out this cool feature on Jeannie Chesser. Kauai surfer and wildcard Tatiana Weston-Webb won the GoProChallenge at Fiji for filming a pretty nuts barrel and she beat all the guys. She won the Womenʻs Pipe Championship a few years ago when she was just about 14 or 15 years old. Malia Manuel and Aleeza Quizon were also standouts throughout the womenʻs competition which offered solid 6 foot surf. Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz has just signed with Sobe as the new "brand ambassador".

It looks like a long run of fun surf this week with the peak of the south shore swell landing on Kamehameha Day. Make sure and you get your fill because there may be a long flat spell after that.

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March 30th, 2014

So far the start of Spring has been a bit discouraging. The Jr. Men caught the best of what we have had during their contest in the middle of March. Seth Moniz won the event which started out with 3-4 foot surf and grew to about 6 feet throughout the day. They finished just in time before another round of north winds and north swells which pushed all the sand back into Pipe. It seems like that sand has been stuck there all year with the exception of a couple weeks. What a bummer. Since then there has been about 2 weeks of N- NW swells with junk winds which began to clean up a little bit mid week last week and it has been kind of fun for a few days before the winds switched back to the more northerly trades again today. The women managed to find one day to run their event in 2-3 foot windy waves and sandbar, but it did not bother Bethany Hamilton who still found a couple barrels in-between her repertoire of power carves. Although she won in small surf, Bethany stands out among all the girls for getting some of the best barrels at Pipe and comes out on some solid days. Some of the regulars said she caught an unreal barrel this winter on a big day. She earned well deserved win at the Pipeline. The Bodysurfers ran their event the day after the girls in sizey slamming sandbar Pipe which was virtually unridable for surfing that day. I bet you could have guessed Mike Stewart took home the trophy from the 2014 Bodysurfing Classic, it was his 14th title. The Bodysurfers were stacked with 25 alternates waiting to get into the event. They always bring a great vibe out into the line up and remind us all the lighten up and enjoy the beautiful waves. Sometimes it seems like a party when they all come out and started screaming and hooting for each other waves; and it was kind of a nice prerequisite to what it is like to surf now with all our friends since the contests are finally pau for the year! Now if we could just get some solid clean surf, maybe it would make up for all this storminess. Looks like there might be a couple decent swells lining up for next week. See you out there!

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Wanderlust 2014

March 1st, 2014

It has been another frustrating week for surf with plenty side - onshore winds switching off and on, mostly on. It finally cleaned up a little bit over the last couple days, but it looks like tomorrowʻs giant surf will coincide with W-NW winds that will last for another two or three days. ugh.

The good news is that you can check out the events at Wanderlust this weekend! Mike Love, Donavon Frankenreiter, DJ Drez and DJ Hyfi are on tonight live at Turtle Bay. Sundays line up includes a wide variety of yoga with elite practitioners such as Gerry Lopez. Classes in slack key and hula are also being offered alongside nature walks and other wellness instruction. This is the second annual Wanderlust event at Turtle Bay so make sure to come down and see what is on the menu.

Looks like there is still plenty of swell lined up for the first part of March if we could just get the trades back with some decent west swells. The Jr. Mens and Womenʻs Pipe contest will kick off March 11 -21 and I am pretty sure that completes the 2014 winter contest season at Pipeline so hopefully it will be a nice spring.

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In honor of Kalani Foster

February 22nd, 2014

Make sure to check out David Kalani Fosterʻs fundraiser tomorrow (February 23rd) at Kahuku track! He is suffering from liver cancer and the proceeds will help to support his medical treatment and family. You can find more information on his Facebook page, but it should be a fun gathering of family and friends.

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