Monday, April 21, 2014 596-SURF , 596-WAVE , 922-BONG , 638-RUSH , 572-SURF(MAUI) , 241-SURF (KAUAI) , 324-RUSH (BIG ISLAND)
   
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Seth Moniz © ASP/Cestari smiles through the barrell at Sunset Beach. He's only 16. Clearly going somewhere.

Australia's Cooper Chapman & Hawaii's Seth Moniz Inspirational youth.

"There are so many good waves, I just got into a rhythm," said Seth. "I got my first (score of) six and then I just kept moving up from there. It's fun. "I've been surfing this break since I was 10, and this is such a great event to do. I love it when it's just fun and playful. My dad knows a lot about these breaks so he shares with us. It's good to have him around, he just knows what boards to ride." Get the whole scoops inside.

   

The Vans World Cup kicks off on a 5-7' NW

The Vans Triple Crown 2nd Jewel has tons of swell in the forecast. Expect to see fun to heavy Sunset surf through out the event. Tuesday has the round of 128 starting at 8am. Learn about past Champs and the contest with one click.

   

'Talk Story' this Wednesday with Tony Harrington at Surfer the Bar

“Whether you are 8 or 80 years old, if you love to surf, you love getting barrelled; that’s what we go into the water seeking each day and talk about each afternoon,” explained Tony “Harro” Harrington, the project director.

“At its core, surfing is all about the barrel and now there is the technology to allow surfers to shoot and share their experiences from the very heart of waves. We’ll be ‘sharing the stoke’ here at www.surfthebarrel.com and are overwhelmed at the amount of great barrels we already have lined up for the website kick off.”

   

Michel Bourez Wins Reef Hawaiian Pro

Tahiti’s Michel Bourez has won the REEF Hawaiian Pro, the $40,000 prize purse, and takes an early lead of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®. Bourez, 27, built momentum through the earlier rounds of this competition and was clearly unstoppable by the final. He survived a late charge by Haleiwa local Fred Patacchia, 31, and was well clear of Jeremy Flores (France) and Dion Atkinson (Australia), who finished third and fourth respectively. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing now moves north to Sunset Beach for stop No. 2: The Vans World Cup of Surfing, which will likely commence Tuesday.

   

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.

   

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