Tuesday, July 22, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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Breaking News: Slater Splits from Quiksilver

Dave Prodan ASP.

Today, in a move tantamount to Michael Jordan splitting with Nike or David Beckham with Adidas, Kelly Slater has announced his parting ways from 23-year sponsor Quiksilver.

Slater signed with Quiksilver in 1990 at the age of 18 just before winning the US$100,000 Body Glove Surfbout at Lower Trestles and announcing himself as a contender on the international stage. Slater secured his first of 11 ASP World Titles in 1992 at the age of 20.

Here is Slater's open letter on the move....

   

Honoring a legend - Rest in Peace Hobie Alter

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing.
   

Surfing is uniting the world - ISA Welcomes Afghanistan as its 82nd Member Nation

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is proud to welcome Afghanistan as the ISA’s 82nd Member Nation. Officially called the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the landlocked country is located in South Central Asia and is part of the greater Middle East. It is bordered by Pakistan in the South and East, Iran in the West, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan in the North, and China in the far northeast.

   

Duck diving glaciers

Story compliments of ESPN   Europe had 563 million international tourist arrivals in 2013. Antarctica, on the other hand, had about 150,000 visitors, although only 35,000 were technically tourists, as the bulk were researchers and scientists. The World Tourism Organization, which monitors these comings and goings, barely recognizes Antarctica -- it's not even present on its tourism-growth infographic.

   

Ali'i Nui group announce sits newest Malama Project

Hawaii / San Diego based community organization, Ali‘i Nui (Highest Chief) announced today that it has officially launched its Educational Program called the “Malama Project” - Malama means to "care for".

   

Happy Century + Decade to our wonderful Waikiki Aquarium

Whats underneath our waves we ride? Another world...deeply connected and dependent on us.

This month makes 110 years! The Waikiki Aquarium has a long and venerable history. Open on March 19, 1904, it is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. Then known as the Honolulu Aquarium, it was established as a commercial venture by the Honolulu Rapid Transit and Land Company, who wished to “show the world the riches of Hawaii’s reefs.”

   

Who is BAM? A Ripcurl Vid feature on Kekoa

Kekoa "BAM" Bacalso bursted onto the competitive scene winning everything. Beginning with an NSSA National Title, an ASP World Junior Title, and a WCT Rookie of the Year award, Kekoa was no stranger to hoisting trophies over his head. After falling off tour a few years back, Kekoa has re-emerged as a stand out in the Hawaiian surf scene. From his contagious smile and aloha vibes, to his stand-up pits at Off-The-Wall and power gaffs displacing water all across the 7-Mile Miracle, Surfing Is Everything to Kekoa.

   

Ian Walsh's Menehune Mayhen went off this weekend on Maui

Menehune Mayhem was created with Fox’s support as a way of giving back to the children and teens of Maui. It’s a free one-day event for kids seventeen and under, and it showcases what the sport and surf culture in general have to offer on Maui. This year was the 11th annual event, and it went off without a hitch.

   

Today begins the holding period. Stop #2 on the ASP World Tour gets underway at Margaret River, West Oz

 

Stop No. 2 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, will get underway today surf permitting. The holding period for both men and women is 2 – 13 April. The swell forecast is looking solid and we expect to get underway right away. Will JJF keep his title at the River?

   

Bethany Hamilton Carves Giant Snaps Landing an Over Due Win at the Pipeline

It was another waiting game for the Surf n Sea Pipeline Womens Pro. As time wound down only one day remained in the waiting period and a nice spring swell was the call of the day for the ASP one star event. Surf was 3-5 foot with rights and lefts coming into the break, not a typical Pipeline situation but great waves none the less. The ladies pulled off some hard snaps and a few cover ups in the disorganized surf and were impressive. The first heat was the indicator, Bethany Hamilton was on fire pulling some giant snaps in both directions and snagging a cover up.  She was after the Banzai Sushi award for the best tube ride right off the bat. Moana Jones was kicking her tail right behind the Kauai native. Jones pulled off some great turns to advance! 

   

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