I have not reported on surf in a long time, mainly because of the fact that there hasnʻt been much. In the last two weeks however surf has started to come back to life on both the north and south shores. The best days were probably last week Wednesday and Thursday at Lanis, but it was packed. There were already six SUPS in the line up by 6:10am and by 6:30 there were a couple more alongside the other thirty longboarders. I can remember a time when people did not ride longboards simply because it was uncool. There was a basic understanding that if you were at a serious surf break with serious surfers you would ride a serious board. At that time waves were designated and dominated by the most physically fit and skilled surfers who had the most seniority. For the last 10-15 years however we have fallen under a framework where the surfer with the biggest board wins, but when and how does that end I wonder. What does it take? When do people draw the line? When 10 canoes fill the lineup? When someoneʻs kid dies from a beginning SUP rider who infiltrates a line up of 50-70 guys, what? Sorry, but I know I am not the only one frustrated by the situation. Canʻt we all just go surf together again? What ever happened to respecting each other and considering the safety of others in the line up?
At the same time, we may all be barred from Lanis in the very near future, since non surfing peoples solution to the so - called Turtle Beach problem is blocking the whole parking in that area. What? As usual, residents and tax payers are paying the price for the blatant commercial prostitution of Hawai‘is beaches. I wonder what will happen on the first swell at Lanis? Are people going to park all down the side of the road? That sounds real safe? Again, I have to ask, what has to happen for people to wake up. Does someone have to die for a practical solution to be resolved here? I mean is it necessary for the airlines, tourist magazines and hotels to promote every visitor to go to Lanis to see a turtle? Maybe it would be more productive to let people know that there are turtles at almost every beach on Oahu if people will just take the time to look.
On a more positive note, a lot has happened since my last blog. Over 1,500 competitors were included in a wide variety of divisions at the 2013 Dukeʻs Oceanfest. A volleyball championship and surfboard waterpolo were included in the mix this year in Waikiki.
Sunny Garcia is the new embassador of Vectrix. Their products include electric two and three wheeled scooters. Garcia also recently represented Mauli Ola Foundation at the annual UCSF Pediatric Transplant Picnic.
Hawai‘i girls dominated at the 2013 Ford Supergirl Pro presented by Paul Mitchel. Malia Manuel won the event meanwhile Alessa Quizon placed third claiming the GoBank "New Kid on the Wave" award. Recent newlywed Bethany Hamilton was said to have made an appearance at the event and is currently honeymooning in Alaska.
Haleiwa cowgirl Shelby Rita recently competed in the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming and is the first from Hawai‘i to qualify for the short go in this event.
Professional surfer Stephanie Gilmore was recently interviewed on SI Now, Sports Illustrated daily talk show about her surfing career and training regime.
Shark Attack Mitigation Systems from Australia claims to have invented a wetsuit with contrasting colors that prevents shark attacks.
On a recent trip to Israel, United Airlines reamed me for $200 to take a 5ʻ10 inch board that weighed less than five pounds, meanwhile golf clubs which weigh ten times that much continue to go for free. And of course, they broke the nose of the board so I could barely use it without fear of slicing myself open. Since then, someone sent me an email suggesting that boards under 4ʻ9 inches fly for free on SATA airlines which travels to Europe and Portugal.
Hopefully, we wonʻt have to travel anywhere for surf soon!
A hui hou!