Contest Season About to start!

Its another Winter and Our exciting Triple crown contest season is about to start here on the world famous north shore.

The swells are on the rise and the Contestants are here ready to compete for the big prize, fame and a chance to compete on the world tour.  We have seen the pros arriving now and warming up.

The first contest in the triple crown is the Haleiwa pro! It was on today!  Surf was small but the guys were out ripping.

We also had the HIC Sunset Pro that was held in amazing 6-8 foot surf and was super exciting to watch.

Here are some highlights from the contests..

Season With CT Athletes and Millennials
Oct 09, 2017

HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii – (Tuesday, October 10, 2017) — A dominating millennial generation has emerged just in time to rule the HIC Pro Presented by Vans, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event taking place October 27 – November 9, with over 40 percent of the 112-man field aged twenty years old and under. One of the youngest includes WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Junior front-runner Barron Mamiya, 17, who has won three out of four regional Pro Junior events this year, including at Sunset Beach. As a world-class big wave venue, Sunset will provide the canvas for competition and rumbles to life this October to kick off a charged succession of professional surfing events that will deliver the year’s final awards.
For nearly a decade, Vans has partnered with the HIC Pro to host the only official local qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), a coveted series now in its 35th year of crowning World Champions and celebrating the heritage of professional surfing in Hawaii. The QS3,000 will qualify nine surfers from the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui region into the first two VTCS events – The Hawaiian Pro and Vans World Cup – and allows many local athletes the opportunity to compete professionally in their own backyard.
Mamiya, and North Shore standouts Billy Kemper, Finn McGill and defending event winner Mason Ho, will compete alongside Championship Tour (CT) athletes Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) in an epic clash for points, prize money and qualification. This will be Mamiya’s second time competing in the HIC Pro and he is eager to prove his place in the lineup.

Mamiya hits the lip at the 2017 Sunset Pro Junior in January. Image: WSL/Freesurf/Heff
“I think it’s cool that those big-name guys are doing the contest, but I’m just going to go out and surf my game, I’ve got a few magic boards so I’m feeling pretty good,” said Mamiya. “This winter I want to show everyone that I’m not a little kid anymore, that I can get scores and make heats on the QS.”
Lau, one of three Hawaii athletes on the CT, comes into the winter season on a high note after winning the QS10,000 in Cascais, Portugal. That victory shot him up 93 spots on the International QS rankings to no. 12 and in close range of re-qualifying for a sophomore year on the CT. Lau is entered to compete in the HIC Pro pending the MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, CT Stop. No. 10 of 11, which has a holding window of October 20 – 31.
Meanwhile, Honolulu’s Keanu Asing sits 6 spots above Lau on the International QS and has solidified his place in the VTCS. Asing is fighting for a spot on the CT after his maiden run in 2016 saw him fall short of re-qualification, but after three wins on the QS this year in Australia, Barbados and Virginia Beach, he is within earshot to joining the world’s best again in 2018. For Asing, it is the QS points and the warm-up to the Hawaiian winter waves that he will be looking to gain.
Nearly 20 different countries from 6 different continents will be represented in the HIC Pro including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, France, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay. As a QS3,000-rated competition, a variety of international contingents seeded straight off the QS rankings will have the opportunity to sample Sunset alongside Hawaii’s best, creating a true mixing pot of talent, age and ethnicity.

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Vans athlete Patrick Gudauskas (USA), a seasonal migrator to the North Shore, has gained a seed into the Round of 64 as a top-ranked athlete on the International QS among Hawaii athletes Asing, Lau, Josh and Seth Moinz, Koa Smith and Dusty Payne. Gudauskas sits in the No. 11 spot on the QS and, like Asing, is in fighting reach of qualifying for the 2018 CT, which is comprised of the top ten surfers off the QS, top 22 off the CT and two wildcards. A solid performance in Hawaii is essential for Gudauskas’ climb up the rankings.
The HIC Pro will run three days within the 14-day holding period; contest organizers will assess conditions each morning to determine the biggest and best days of competition. Visit WorldSurfLeague.com for the official call and to catch the action LIVE, or tune into Spectrum SURF Channel, which will televise the 2017 HIC Pro and 2017 Vans Triple Crown events LIVE and in replay on digital channels 250 SD and 1250 HD, across the state of Hawaii.
About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations
Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear! Since 1971, HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes sixteen stores across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, along with two stores in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride! Visit http://hicsurf.com for more.
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Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates nearly 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.

 

 

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Two women and their dogs rescued after 5 months adrift in the Pacific
By Madison Park and Dakin Andone, CNN

Updated 7:27 PM ET, Fri October 27, 2017

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The two women set off for Tahiti, but bad weather damaged their boat
They were rescued 900 miles from Japan

(CNN)Two women from Hawaii who were lost at sea for nearly five months have been rescued by the US Navy.
Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs were found Wednesday, drifting about 900 miles southeast of Japan, a Navy statement said.
“It was incredibly emotional and it was so satisfying to know the men and women that serve our country would come and assist us,” Appel said in a call with the media Thursday. “It was actually quite mind-blowing and incredibly humbling.”

Appel described the situation prior to the rescue as “very depressing” and “very hopeless.”
“When I saw the gray boat on the edge of the horizon, my heart leapt because I knew we were about to be saved,” she told NBC News. “Because I honestly believed we were going to die within the next 24 hours.”

USS Ashland Command Master Chief Gary Wise welcomes aboard Jennifer Appel.
The pair left Hawaii on May 3 on the Sea Nymph, bound for Tahiti, about 2,600 miles way. They ran into trouble on May 30 when bad weather flooded the engine with water, Appel said. The women decided to keep sailing, but strayed off course, according to the Navy.
The ship’s mast was also damaged, compromising the structural integrity, and limiting the Sea Nymph’s capabilities to maneuver, Appel said in the call, obtained through CNN affiliate KHNL/KGMB.
Then the ship lost its communications capabilities.
After two months — past the time they estimated they would arrive in Tahiti — the Honolulu residents began sending out daily distress calls, the Navy said. But they were too far away from other boats and shore stations to be heard.
“You can’t get any help at all because you’re in the middle of nowhere,” Fuiava said.

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Appel and Fuiava survived on a year’s worth of dry goods, including oatmeal, pasta and rice, the Navy said. They also had a water purifier.
The pair, along with their dogs — or the “boys,” as they call them — survived two separate shark attacks, they said.
“And both of them — we actually thought it was lights out,” Appel said, “and they were horrific.”
The first occurred one night when the Sea Nymph drifted into a pack of tiger sharks, Appel said. The next night, another came and slammed itself against the ship’s hull.
“We were just incredibly lucky that our hull was strong enough to withstand the onslaught.”
“There is a true humility to wondering if today is your last day,” Appel added. “If tonight is your last night. If the storm that’s approaching is going to bring down the rig.”
‘Thank God we’ve been rescued’
For 98 days, they sent distress signals, Appel and Fuiava said, hoping to be rescued.
After nearly five months lost at sea, they were finally spotted by a Taiwanese fishing vessel. The fishermen attempted to tow the sailboat, but when they failed, contacted the US Coast Guard.
The Navy discovered the boat Tuesday, about 900 miles southeast of Japan — which is thousands of miles away from Tahiti.

Tasha Fuiava climbs to board the Ashland.
The USS Ashland, a ship based in Sasebo, Japan, was near the area on routine deployment and reached the damaged sailboat Wednesday morning.
“The US Navy is postured to assist any distressed mariner of any nationality during any type of situation,” said Cmdr. Steven Wasson, Ashland commanding officer.
The Navy released video footage of the rescuers reaching the stricken sailboat. An ecstatic woman greeted them and blew kisses, while the two dogs, Zeus and Valentine, wearing bright, yellow life jackets, barked excitedly.
‘Lucky to be alive’
It was a good thing the fishermen located the sailboat when and where they did, said Curtis Ebbesmeyer, a flotsam expert who co-wrote a book on the subject.
The circular currents that carried the boat toward Japan could easily have sent it away from land, he said.
“If they hadn’t been found there (off Japan) there’s a good chance they’d have gone back out to the Pacific,” Ebbesmeyer said. “The North Pacific is a really rough ocean in the winter. … They’re lucky to be alive.”
He said flotsam and boats usually drift an average of 20 miles daily in the ocean. The distance and direction the women’s sailboat covered was “a normal drift pattern,” assuming it started drifting north of the equator, he said.
The women were smart to pack the water purifier, he said.
‘You’re around for a reason’
The sailboat was deemed unseaworthy and is currently drifting out at sea, a Navy spokesman said during the call from the Ashland.
The women were given medical assessments and will remain aboard the USS Ashland until its next port of call, the Navy said.
“I’m grateful for their service to our country,” Appel said in a Navy statement. “They saved our lives. The pride and smiles we had when we saw [the US Navy] on the horizon was pure relief.”

Sailors help Zeus, one of two dogs who were on the sailboat, aboard the Ashland.
Appel and Fuiava said they had no option but to carry on, so they tried to make the most of their time lost at sea.
“There’s different sunrises and sunsets every day,” Fuiava said. “And you’re around for a reason, but you may as well use the time to do something beneficial.”
Appel, Fuiava, Zeus and Valentine are safe with the US Navy. But The Sea Nymph is still out there, drifting.

 
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Alms, Walsh Win Peahi Challenge
Posted: Oct 28, 2017 6:55 PM PDT
Updated: Oct 28, 2017 6:55 PM PDT
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(World Surf League) –  Paige Alms (HAW) and Ian Walsh (HAW) have won the World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) Pe’ahi Challenge Saturday in towering 30-to-40 foot-plus conditions at the world famous Pe‘ahi in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii. 

The second event of the 2017/2018 BWT season tested the top big wave chargers as a solid swell delivered massive surf over two days at Pe’ahi with wave faces exceeding 45 feet. Event officials have rated this year’s Pe’ahi Challenge a Gold coefficient, the highest possible BWT rating, which will allocate 15,625 points to first place. 

2016 Women’s Big Wave Champion Alms successfully defended her event title today after defeating a stacked field of competitors in the Final. Alms, who became the first ever Women’s Big Wave Champion at Pe’ahi last season, made history once again with her unprecedented big wave victory. 

“I feel so grateful to be able to sit out in an empty lineup at firing, perfect Jaws,” Alms said. “It doesn’t get much better than that. Every single one of the women today sent it on a bomb. There were big waves out there and I was kind of kicking myself for not going on one set, but I just feel super stoked and honored.” 

The Women’s Pe’ahi Challenge saw all six competitors charge monstrous set waves in the 60-minute Final. Alms stayed selective throughout the Final, utilizing her local knowledge to take off on two gigantic waves for the winning score, an excellent 21.23 combined score (out of a possible 30). 

“Anyone that says they’re not scared of this place, I think they’re lying,” continued Alms. “I think it’s the most powerful and intimidating big wave anywhere in the world, by far. I definitely look up to Ian (Walsh) and I’m super stoked that he won it. We couldn’t have asked for anything more – it definitely put on a show so thanks Pe’ahi!”

Big wave veteran Keala Kennelly (HAW) earned second place in the women’s event with four fearless attempts. Kennelly turned in a 17.21 heat score, including an impressive completion for a 7.17 single-wave score. Justine Dupont (FRA) looked in great form with three big attempts and took the third place result. Bianca Valenti (USA), Andrea Moller (BRA) and Felicity Palmateer (AUS) also charged the epic conditions to earn fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively. 
Walsh earned his career-first BWT victory after dominating his Round 1 heat and the Final series. The 34-year-old, who was invited to compete as an event wildcard, capitalized on his opportunity to earn first place at his home break in Haiku and vault up to third place on the BWT rankings. 

“This is a really big honor and I’m stoked that I can follow Billy (Kemper) and keep this thing on Maui,” said Walsh. “It was an incredible couple days of surfing, some challenging lulls but everyone here surfed really, really well and it was a pleasure to be in the water with them. It was fun to watch each heat almost, our sport progress as the waves got bigger and better. It feels just like those big free surf days, so I’m really honored and stoked.”

The men’s Final saw heated battles amongst the top six competitors. 2014/15 BWT ChampionMakuakai Rothman (HAW) gained an early lead with a 5.60, but the field quickly battled back with big attempts. Two-time Pe’ahi Challenge winner Billy Kemper (HAW) opened his campaign with a committed 5.43 and maintained his do-or-die mentality after taking off impossibly deep on an enormous wave for a 6.57 backup score. 

Kai Lenny (HAW), winner of the Puerto Escondido Challenge and BWT rankings frontrunner ahead of Maui, narrowly missed a collision with Ryan Hipwood (AUS) in the Final after committing to an under-the-ledge late drop into a 35-foot wave. Lenny managed to successfully ride out his first wave and stamp out a rail-carve for a 6.93 from the judges, then found a 4.40 backup score to finish fourth in the event. Lenny’s result strengthens his lead on the BWT with Kemper following closely behind and Walsh moving up to third. 

Big wave veteran and Pe‘ahi professional Greg Long (USA) displayed good control throughout the event and maintained deep positioning in the lineup during the Final. En route to a fifth-place finish, Long took a high-line approach on his first wave in a barrel-hunt attempt and completed two rides to the channel for a combined heat score of 14.67. 

The men’s second Semifinal saw event-best performances from both Walsh and Hipwood. Both surfers dropped Perfect 10’s for navigating steep takeoffs and cavernous barrels, with Walsh flying through two tube sections prior to winning the event. 

Ahead of his runner-up result, Kemper narrowly got the edge over Danilo Couto (BRA) andMark Healey (HAW) in Semifinal 1. Knowing Healey’s capabilities at Pe‘ahi, Kemper stayed close to the 35-year-old waterman in order to secure his position in the Final. Couto kept busy on the left-hand breaks, but fell just 0.57 points short of advancing through to the Final and will exit in Equal 7th place. 

Highlights from the Pe’ahi Challenge can be found at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on the WSL’s Facebook page. 

The 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour season is divided into Southern Hemisphere and Northern Hemisphere components. The Southern Hemisphere window saw the completion of the Puerto Escondido Challenge earlier this year. The Northern Hemisphere window opened on October 15 and will run through February 28, 2018, with the potential to run the Nazaré Challenge in Portugal and the Mavericks Challenge in California. 

WSL Big Wave Tour officials will monitor swell producing storms for the next four months and watch for the conditions that will produce waves in the 30-to-60-foot range for the remaining Northern Hemisphere events. Once the call is made, competitors will have 72 hours notice to be ready to compete.

2017/18 BWT Women’s Pe’ahi Challenge Final Results:
1 – Paige Alms (HAW) 21.23
2 – Keala Kennelly (HAW) 17.21
3 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 14.36
4 – Bianca Valenti (USA) 10.86
5 – Andrea Moller (BRA) 6.41
6 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 4.54

2017/18 BWT Men’s Pe’ahi Challenge Final Results:
1 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 21.67
2 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 18.57
3 – Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 18.46
4 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 18.26
5 – Greg Long (USA) 14.67
6 – Ryan Hipwood (AUS) 6.60

2017/18 BWT Men’s Pe’ahi Challenge Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 16.61, Greg Long (USA) 13.74, Billy Kemper (HAW) 11.83, Danilo Couto (BRA) 11.26, Mark Healey (HAW) 7.77, Cristian Merello (CHL) 4.66 
SF 2: Ryan Hipwood (AUS) 26.50, Kai Lenny (HAW) 26.31, Ian Walsh (HAW) 25.33, Albee Layer (HAW) 24.23, Lucas Chianca (BRA) 22.19, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 16.44

2017/18 BWT Women’s BWT Rankings (after Pe’ahi Challenge):
1 -Paige Alms (HAW) 15,625 pts
2 – Keala Kennelly (HAW) 13,020 pts
3 – Justine Dupont (FRA) 10,850 pts
4 – Bianca Valenti (USA) 9,042 pts
5 – Andrea Moller (BRA) 7,536 pts

2017/18 Men’s BWT Rankings (after Pe’ahi Challenge):
1 -Kai Lenny (HAW) 19,042 pts
2 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 18,807 pts
3 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 15,625 pts
4 – Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 13,920 pts
5 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 10,647 pts

The 2017/2018 WSL Big Wave Tour is proudly supported by Michelob Ultra, the Official Beer of the Big Wave Tour in North America, and Quiksilver Airlift, the Official Inflation Vest of the 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour. 

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com. 

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Jaws Big Wave Contest goes!

We had a spectacular show of big waves grace the Hawaiian islands recently.

Last week was big enough to hold the Big wave surf Contest in Maui at the terrifying surf spot named JAWS. The Surf got up over 20 feet high and The women and men were charging! There were some wipeouts that were almost fatal, long hold downs, and waves so powerful that only the strongest could survive! 

Here are some of the highlights…

Ian Walsh just won the 2017 Pe’ahi Challenge, and he did it in convincing fashion. Throughout the event, Walsh consistently found the biggest and best waves in a lineup filled with the world’s best surfers. “So stoked,” he said in his post-win interview. “This is a really big honor and I’m stoked that I can follow up Billy and keep this thing on Maui. Everyone here surfed really really well and it was a pleasure to be in the water with them. It feels like one of those big free-surf days.”
Walsh, a Maui local, loves Jaws. He’s part of a small group of people who can claim local status at one of the world’s scariest waves. Walsh made it known early that he was one to watch. His perfect 10 in the semifinals was one of those rare 10s that no one will question.

On the first day of the event, in the midst of a building swell, Walsh made good use of local knowledge. His first two waves were Walsh’s first this year at Jaws. As Walsh does, he took off almost impossibly deep, cranked out impossible bottom turns, and found his way onto impossibly giant faces.

When dawn broke Saturday on Maui Mike Parsons took his first sigh of relief in over a week. The new Big Wave Tour Commissioner hadn’t been sleeping much since calling this event on, and after a successful opening round on Friday, the decision to wait until the next day to finish it off was his final roll of the dice. All night his eyes were glued to fresh buoy reports pinging away from the North Pacific, the ones so important to mariners around the world. The buoys telegraph essential data to weather centers around the world, where the information is distributed for public consumption, and end users crunch the data to extract the essential information that pertains to their immediate needs. Mike’s immediate needs were for those numbers to hold up.

The Maui local wins one of the best Big Wave Tour heats ever.
Every big-wave break on the planet has a magic formula that, when the numbers match the proper balance of wave height, wave interval, swell direction and wind speed, translate into a day to remember. Mind you, a good year at any big-wave break will produce three-to-four magic days. Like every surfer who keeps an eye on Pe’ahi knows, whatever beasts were making those buoys bounce way out in the far reaches of the Pacific, they’d be marching into the lineup about eight hours later. With the numbers still holding up in the solid range past midnight, Parsons’ nerves were calmed a bit. He felt confident the competitors would have plenty to feast on. A dropping interval translated into a higher rate of consistency, and dropping wind speeds close to Maui meant it had all the potential of being picture-perfect Pe’ahi…and it was.

History making performances mark another epic running of the Pe’ahi Challenge.
The day got underway with two very stacked Semifinal heats. The first featured two former Big Wave Tour champs, Makuakai Rothman and Greg Long, plus two-time event winner Billy Kemper against the hard-charging Mark Healey, Danilo Couto and Cristian Morello. By Maui standards, it was sheet glass. But the North Shore of Maui is the kite-flying capital of the world for a reason. Glassy on Maui means two-foot chops are still lingering.

Ian Walsh is proud to be keeping the Pe’ahi Challenge hardware on Maui.
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Rothman, Kemper and Long spent the early part of the heat settling into the day’s new rhythm, but nobody was having an easy time with the early-morning chatter. Boards were bouncing hard during bottom turns and the barrels were behaving badly, vaporizing anyone who dared to enter. While a few lefts were attempted, the judges were clearly not interested in them, and that message was being relayed through the lineup by board caddies and support teams tuning into the webcast. Neither Rothman, Long nor Kemper emerged from a tube during the heat, but they were able to find the tall racy walls that pushed them through to the Final.

Makua Rothman Takes Semifinal No. 1 at Pe’ahi

The former BWT Champ moves on to Final with Greg Long and Billy Kemper.
By the time the second Semifinal started the morning bump had all but disappeared and Pe’ahi’s magic was on full display. The next hour of action turned into what is easily the best Big Wave Tour heat ever surfed. It started with Kai Lenny emerging from the first big barrel of the morning. Lenny, the current BWT leader, seemed ready to run away with it, but within minutes Australian Ryan Hipwood — who gained entry as an alternate — upped the ante with the first perfect 10 of the event. Hipwood bagged the first picture-perfect tube with a clean entry and exit, and his high line made it even more impressive.

Ian Walsh’s Perfect 10

Ian Walsh earns a perfect 10 in Heat 2 of the Semifinals.
But then Ian Walsh entered the fray. Walsh was in last midway through the heat, until he scored the second perfect 10 of the day. And if the judges were allowed to give him a 12 they would have, because Walsh’s tube was one of the most impressive ever at Jaws. He entered from way deep and travelled through a spinning cavern bigger than most apartments. It shot him into advancing position, but the heat was far from over. Albee Layer got his crack at a couple of good ones, and so too did Jamie Mitchell and Lucas Chianca. Everyone charged. In fact, all six surfers in Semifinal 2 had accumulated more points than the Makua had in the first heat. That was a testament to how much conditions had improved, and guys were charging. Walsh, even with his 10-point ride, was lucky to advance over Layer by just over a point. Hipwood walked away with a very meaningful win in a heat that won’t soon be forgotten.

Kai Lenny Sets the Tone

Surfing’s Renaissance man got the party started during the incredible Semifinal heat at Jaws with the first big barrel.
While the Final was a bit slower moving, and the barrels were harder to come by, the competition was fierce. Every surfer in the lineup was scrapping for the outside position when the starting hooter sounded. Kemper signaled his desire to take a third Pe’ahi Challenge win with his first closeout barrel. Rothman fired right back and upped the ante on an even bigger one, pulling into a Hail Mary closeout. Makua was rolled pretty hard in the aftermath, but with Johnny-Boy Gomes motivating him from the channel, he took a quick sip of water and regained his composure before paddling right back out for more.

Highlight Reel: A Day to Remember

Get a look at why this year’s Pe’ahi Challenge is already being labeled as the best in Big Wave Tour history.
Kai Lenny was looking for some inside sneaker sets, but he caught one the wrong way, enduring every surfer’s worst nightmare. With a huge set approaching Kai was stuck paddling toward shore during one of the biggest sets of the Final, trying to escape a 50-foot ball of whitewater. Kemper suffered a pretty horrific wipeout too, when his board bucked him loose during a high-wire escape attempt of a throaty hollow section and he was rag-dolled down the face. Hipwood took the brunt of the punishment in the Final, though. The Australian had to exit the water early after getting whiplashed on the inside.

Ryan Hipwood’s 10-pointer

The Australian alternate made the most of his opportunity.
“Even after getting a 10 I finished the heat in third place,” Walsh noted afterward. “That’s a testament to how well Kai and Hippo both surfed that heat. And I watched Albee take off on a couple crazy ones. It’s nice when there’s a lot of opportunity and everyone can kind of have their space and just progress our beautiful sport.”
While the Final didn’t have the same level of intensity as Semifinal two, it was a horse race to the end. Everyone left in the water at the end had a shot at winning it. Walsh got a slow start in the Final, but came on strong in the second half again. The 30-year-old’s positioning couldn’t have been better as he rolled into back-to-back bombs. His first was another nice cover up. His next was a beautiful screamer that shot him into the lead. Walsh surfs Pe’ahi with silky smoothness. No matter how late he’s dropping in, he always looks poised, and the halo effect he’s been carrying the past two days carried him to victory.

Road to the Final: Pe’ahi Challenge

Tracking the path of the six surfers who made the Final at Jaws.
Given Walsh’s day-winning performance on Friday, and his big barrel in the Semifinals that will undoubtedly be a nominee for Ride of the Year at the Big Wave Awards next spring, it seemed fitting that he walked away as this year’s champion of the Pe’ahi Challenge.
“This is a really big honor and I’m stoked that I can follow Billy [Kemper] and keep this thing on Maui,” said Walsh. “It was an incredible couple days of surfing…Everyone here surfed really, really well and it was a pleasure to be in the water with them. It was fun to watch each heat almost, our sport progress as the waves got bigger and better. If feels just like those big free-surf days so I’m really honored and stoked.”

Breakdown: Men’s Final

The Finals of the Pe’ahi Challenge was a battle between six of the world’s best big-wave chargers.
2017/18 BWT Men’s Pe’ahi Challenge Final Results:
1 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 21.67
2 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 18.57
3 – Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 18.46
4 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 18.26
5 – Greg Long (USA) 14.67
6 – Ryan Hipwood (AUS) 6.60
2017/18 BWT Men’s Pe’ahi Challenge Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 16.61, Greg Long (USA) 13.74, Billy Kemper (HAW) 11.83, Danilo Couto (BRA) 11.26, Mark Healey (HAW) 7.77, Cristian Merello (CHL) 4.66
SF 2: Ryan Hipwood (AUS) 26.50, Kai Lenny (HAW) 26.31, Ian Walsh (HAW) 25.33, Albee Layer (HAW) 24.23, Lucas Chianca (BRA) 22.19, Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 16.44
2017/18 Men’s BWT Rankings (after Pe’ahi Challenge):
1 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 19,042 pts
2 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 18,807 pts
3 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 15,625 pts
4 – Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 13,920 pts
5 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 10,647 pts
Headline photo courtesy of Sofie Louca

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Red Bull Queen Of The Bay 2017

Red Bull Queen Of The Bay 2017

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October 11, 2017

Honolulu to run a standalone women’s big-wave contest in waves at least 15 feet high (Hawaiian scale).

A group of Oahu-based women are on a mission to realize their collective dream of holding the first-ever women-only big-wave surf contest at Waimea Bay.
After eight years of applying for permits, contest organizers for the Women’s Waimea Bay Championship (WWBC) were finally granted one in early August from the City and County of Honolulu to run a standalone women’s big-wave contest in waves at least 15 feet high (Hawaiian scale).

Haleiwa Is about to get busy!

Guatemalan surfer Polly Ralda will be one of 24 invitees to the WWBC. Photo: Maria Fernanda

But whether the contest will actually run comes down to a race against the clock: With an assigned waiting period of Oct. 1 to Nov. 21, contest directors Betty Depolito and Wrenna Delgado have limited time to finish securing funding for the event.
“Usually you are given over a year’s notice,” Delgado told GrindTV. “This year was different. The surf permits were awarded last minute. It’s a challenging situation, but Betty and I are honored to be creating a new event here at Waimea. We are looking for a sponsor who loves this idea as much as we do to come in and save the day.”
While women’s competitive big-wave surfing has had a few brief moments in the spotlight, the Women’s Waimea Bay Championship would make history as the first big-wave competition solely focused on women.
In 2010, a three-woman heat was folded into the men’s contest at Oregon’s Nelscott Reef (Kauai’s Keala Kennelly won), and in 2014, an eight-woman heat was held at the same contest (San Francisco’s Bianca Valenti took the prize).
Last year, during the Pe’ahi Challenge, a women’s contest consisting of two preliminary heats and a final was held to crown a women’s “world champion.” The women’s heats took place during challenging conditions caused by strong sideshore winds. Keala Kennelly, Laura Enever and Emi Erickson all suffered knee injuries, preventing them from competing in the final. Maui’s Paige Alms won the event.
Should the WWBC run, it would position a women’s big-wave contest as a main event and an opportunity for the women to truly showcase their skill. “It’s about time we had a women’s contest at the Bay,” Erickson told GrindTV. “I love surfing proper Waimea, and it’ll be great to surf with only a few other people in the lineup. That’s pretty rare these days.”
Contest director Depolito fought a long, difficult battle to secure the permit. After receiving two permits for time periods when there would almost surely be no large swells, Depolito decided to go to the mayor’s office directly. She and Delgado organized with surfers like Erickson, Kennelly and Alms to write letters to the City and County supporting the contest.
When they received notice this month that the permit had finally been granted, Delgado could barely believe it. “It’s a miracle that they did [grant it], it really is.”

Come on down and hang out for a great world class event! It’s gonna be awesome!

Emi Erickson looks forward to a women’s event. “It’s about time,” she says.

Delgado is a regular herself on big days at Waimea, but never took a personal interest in competitive surfing until Depolito approached her with the idea for the WWBC: “Professional big-wave surfing never called to me, but this was interesting, helping put on this contest, so that young girls might watch it and say, ‘I want to do that.’”
Delgado stresses that the objective of the WWBC is not to imitate or compete with a men’s contest. “This needs to be designed by women, for women. We understand each other. We’re not trying to have carnage; every girl that’s going to go out there is going to get a wave, which is going to advance the sport.”

Delgado is a regular at Waimea and wants to pass along her passion to a future generation of female big-wave surfers. Photo: Dylan Lucas Gordon
The history of women surfing Waimea goes back farther than many might think. In 1959, on her first trip to Hawaii and just days after winning the Makaha International Championships, Linda Benson was the first woman to surf Waimea. Today, women like Erickson, Polly Ralda and Makani Adric are seen out on some of the biggest days at the Bay.
Their goal will require dogged commitment on the part of the contest organizers: There are five weeks until the waiting period is supposed to start, and significant sponsorship dollars must be secured to be able to hold the event. The early window is due to a rule that dictates that two contests cannot have overlapping holding periods. The WWBC must be complete 10 days before the waiting period for the Eddie Aikau Invitational begins.
“I’m confident we will get a swell,” says Delgado, who is more focused on raising the necessary funds to put on the event.

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The locals are really exited for this event!

An all-female team is working tirelessly, unpaid, to try to see the WWBC come to life. “Some of the women who are helping us don’t even surf. They just love the idea of this,” says Delgado.
When asked what she will do if unable to raise the funds in time for this year’s waiting period, Delgado is resolute: “Betty and I won’t give up. Funds or no funds, we believe in this contest too much to let the dream fade.”
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My Golden Retrievers!

Many people come to take surf lessons with me for my dogs.

I love how most people are absolute dog lovers!  And Coco and Kaya don’t let people down.  Kaya is a big fluffy seal.  She could swim from one island to the next if she had too.  And is hard to keep her out of the water.  She is always by my side to help me teach you beautiful people how to surf.   Usually trying to lick your faces while your doing the beach lesson.

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Coco my little lover of beach and life!
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Kaya half dog half seal.

Many people ask me if she still surfs.  She used to surf with me on my surf board when she was younger.  Now she has figured out that is even more fun to stay on the beach and get petted by all the tourists for a few hours.

She is an absolute joy and a warm comfort for all of you who are missing your dogs back home.

Coco my other golden is also a jewel to be around.  She is a little more spunky and is always begging me to throw a coconut into the ocean for her to chase.  She will also make sure to lean up on you and make you pet her.  And when you stop she will give you a little nudge with her nose and insist you keep petting her.

So if you love dogs we would love to spend the time on the beach with you and surfing with you!

Coco and Kaya will share their Aloha with you all day long!

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HALEIWA TOWN

Located on the north shore of Oahu and is our biggest town we have here on this side of the island.  The town is filled with every shop you could ever want to visit.

Coffee gallery is filled with our local cover growers, there are multiple surf shops to suit the famous towns reputation of the world famous surfing mecca.

And of course the most famous matsumotos shave ice to quench your shave ice desires!matsumoto-shave-ice

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Hawaiian sea turtles are also very close by to the town and just waiting for you to come and say hello!