Friday, April 18, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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1230pm: Michel 'the Spartan' Bourez wins the Reef Hawaiian Pro with Freddy P in 2nd, Jeremy Flores in 3rd and Dion Atkinson in 4th

Full story coming. Surf was 3-4' and real decent.

It has been five years since Tahiti’s Michel Bourez scored the first major victory of his career here at the REEF Hawaiian Pro, but Haleiwa still holds a special place for him and continues to draw out his best. Despite unusually small surf for Hawaii at this time of year, Bourez put on a sterling performance today, closely followed by Dane Reynolds (USA), Adriano De Souza (Brazil), and Mick Fanning (Australia). The Reef Hawaiian Pro is the first of three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®.

   

2nd Annual Big Wave Summit takes place at Turtle Bay

It began a couple years ago as a CPR class. Sion Milosky had passed a few months prior and Kohl Christensen and Danilo Couto knew it was time to make big-wave surfing safer. In a barn on Kohl’s North Shore property, they held the class and a couple dozen big-wave surfers left feeling more prepared than ever before. Last year, it expanded. They held an all day event at Turtle Bay and in addition to CPR, they learned rescue theory and had a chance to test it out in the water. This year, it grew even more. The two day event saw 60 surfers — including guys like John John Florence, Nic Lamb and Ben Wilkinson — spend a full day in the classroom and a full day in the water. With North Shore waters like a still pond and Kirk Passmore’s death fresh on everyone’s minds, legendary waterman Brian Keaulana had his students’ full attention. And when class was dismissed on Wednesday evening, it was no exaggeration to say that the big-wave community is a whole lot safer.

   

Kelia Moniz Claims Back to Back ASP Women’s World Longboard Titles

Kelia Moniz (HAW) has won the Swatch Girls Pro China hosted by Wanning over Chelsea Williams (AUS) and by doing so, claimed her second consecutive ASP Women’s World Longboard Title. For the third year in a row this event has crowned the ASP Women’s World Longboard Champion, and also for the third year in a row the same two surfers have made the Final, with Williams winning in 2011, and Moniz taking it out last year.

   

Arakawa & Rawson team up for new US Blanks release

US Blanks announced the release of the 10’8” BG blank, made possible through a partnership with famed Hawaiian surfboard shapers Eric Arakawa and Pat Rawson.  

Eric Arakawa is the renowned head shaper for Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC) where he shaped boards for 3-time World Champion Andy Irons. Rawson helped start Local Motion surfboards in 1978 and has built boards for such notable surfers as Sunny Garcia, Mason Ho, and Jeremy Flores, among many others. 

   

Lets cruze with Stephen Koehne in and beyond the surf...

You may not have heard of Stephen but you have now. He's a true talent Living off the land and sea. Please take a moment to enjoy his excellent video. Aloha and Mahalo, gq

   

While waves are tiny, lets rewatch Koa Rothman answer death's knock on his door.

Koa Rothman describes the Teahupoo ride that earned him one of our Big Issue covers. This wave was truly one of the biggest, baddest waves ever towed at Teahupoo. Legend Laird towed him in. He didnt make the end section but he made it, period. That's all the counts in waves like this. Check it out.

   

TONIGHT! Jump into the conversation with the 6X Vans Triple Crown Champ

Hawaii's ultimate media lounge will host the best surfers on planet earth during the Triple Crown. This week the place will be packed to hear Sunny's tales of his storied career and life. This is a dont miss. Come early. Lets party and Talk Story at Surfer, the Bar.

   

Greg Long makes National Geographic's 'Adventurers of the Year' list

Today, National Geographic announced the 2014 Adventurers of the Year whose extraordinary achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism have distinguished them in the past year. One of the 13 nominees this year is big-wave surfer Greg Long who nearly lost his life in a massive wipeout off Cortes Bank in 2012.

   

SEARCH ENDS FOR KIRK PASSMORE - His tragic story bears an urgent message

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii for missing surfer Kirk Passmore at sunset on Saturday.

According to friend and professional surfer Jamie Sterling, Passmore, 32, was an experienced big-wave surfer. He had paddled out to an outer reef near Alligator Rock, just south of Waimea Bay, where he caught a 20-foot wave and fell at the bottom. He was seen briefly before disappearing in the next set of waves.

   

Florence Falls, Fanning, Zietz, Reynolds and Boukhiam Advance at Reef Hawaiian Pro

Former Vans Triple Crown champion and ASP World No. 13 John John Florence was bundled out of the REEF Hawaiian Pro in his opening heat at Haleiwa today, the victim of atypical Hawaiian winter surf and an interference call that might have ended his plans for a second crown. The REEF Hawaiian Pro is the first of three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®, and without a decent finish here it will be an uphill battle for Florence to win the title again.

What began as a week of maxing waves over 20 feet, today dropped to waist/head-high range at Haleiwa. With Surfline.com’s forecast anticipating very small surf to settle in for the next five days, organizers opted to make use of what was on hand.

   

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