Todd's birthday breakfast, Sunday Feb. 17 Cafe Haleiwa 8:30am. Too celebrate, remember and talk story...
On the morning Feb. 13, 1997, during a rapidly rising 18- to 20-foot swell, Todd Chesser paddled out to an oversize North Shore Outer Reef known as Outside Alligators. It was typical Chesser: Waimea had too many kooks and he bailed on an invitation to stunt-double at Jaws for the filming of In God’s Hands....
After having to settle for 3rd place overall in 2012, and narrowly losing to Bonga Perkins in the Finals of the 2012 Sunset Beach Pro, the young Kai Lenny (Naish) from Maui, Hawaii was a man on a mission this year at Sunset Beach, putting together a string of standout performances through the heats to make it all the way to the Final.
In the Final, he was not going to make the same mistake twice, as he notched up an impressive heat total with critical and high risk turns completed with skill and flair, impressing the judges and crowds alike and earning him the first notch on his belt towards the 2013 World Title. Kai Lenny is your 2013 Sunset Beach Pro Champion.
You can take Nike out of surfing, but you can’t take surfing out of the mainstream. Even though the Swoosh severed ties with the US Open of Surfing in September, (and from all of surfing in November), the throngs of bronzed and belligerent will again descend upon Huntington Beach this summer. But this time, there will be different logos sprayed on lower backs.
For the first time in more than a decade, the United States claimed 53 shark attacks during a single year, according to a new summary by the International Shark Attack File. The ISAF just released numbers stating there were 80 confirmed cases of unprovoked shark attacks on humans worldwide in 2012. Most of those encounters happened in the United States.
The 2012 yearly total of 80 attacks is higher than last year's 78, but in 2012 fewer people died than in 2011. There were seven fatalities due to shark attacks last year and 13 in 2011.
(L to R) Men's Unlimited division winners Ingo Redemacher (1st), Ed Wheeler (2nd), and Leleo Kinimaka (3rd) at the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer. All photos courtesy of Joey Carroll.
First Time SUP Event Supports University of Hawai'i Cancer Center
(February 12, 2013) - Awareness and prevention were the ultimate champions at the first ever Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer, as over 100 standup paddlers converged on Waikiki this past weekend to support the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center and the fight against skin cancer.
With near-perfect weather, ideal racing conditions, and plenty of sun protection, the inaugural event attracted racers of all ages and abilities to O'ahu's iconic Waikiki shoreline for a fun, fast 2.4 mile sprint from Kaimana Beach to Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
The big Pipeline swell that rolled through on Friday Feb. 8, was some fo the best waves Pipe has seen so far this winter. Starting out at first reef, and finishing the day with scary third reef bombs, the Banzai turned on for some of the most epic surf there yet. The boys were all out and just scoring nuggets all day. There was some carnage, after all this is still Pipe, but in between the jaw breaking rides, there was still plenty of jaw dropping rides as well.
It was a magical day at Sunset Beach today, with a picture perfect Hawaiian day accompanied by giant but managable surf in the 12ft+ range (20ft plus faces). The perfect setting saw some spectacular action that took us all the way through the trials and through 6 heats of the 1st round in the Main Event. With mindblowing conditions and action to match, Sunset Beach once again legitimized itself as the ultimate opener for the Stand Up World Tour.
In 1976, the year of the nation’s bicentennial celebration and the height of a hawaiian renaissance, Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hokulea’s set sail on its maiden voyage of cultural rediscovery to Tahiti. Buffalo Keaulana was the double-hulled canoe’s steersman.
After enduring 35 days beating in rough seas, drifting in doldrums, and dealing with others’ experimental ideas, Buffalo, 41 at the time emerged tested and toughened in his own sense of self worth and Hawaiian culture.
On return to Makaha, Buffalo got a chance to steer his path in what originally was the pastime of Hawaii ali’i, Larry “The Weatherman’s” suggested that Buffalo start a big board surfing classic at Makaha. The idea struck home.
The classic became a collective expression of giving back to surfing and for 37 years has flourished under Buffalo’s sense of what’s right.
From small rippable Val's, to heaving Mexican barrels. Feast your eyes on some tasty surf vids. Have a fun (safe) weekend with the 15' NW!
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