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RIP Rick Proczka – Big Hanalei Bay local Legend

by John Maher...

Big wave surfer, husband, father, and respected Kauai community member, Rick Proczka, lost his life surfing a perfect but dangerous swell at Hanalei Bay yesterday. There were about 15 of us surfing with him when he died.

The lineup at Hanalei is huge. It takes about a half-hour to paddle around the reef from the beach to get to the takeoff spot, sometimes longer if you get caught inside by a set on the way out. There are strong currents, reef variables, 20 knot trade winds, and river chop to contend with – which when combined with large surf and fading light, makes it impossible for surfers to keep track of each other.

Yesterday evening, shortly before sunset, the tide was very low making the already large surf even more dangerous than usual. The swell was pulsing with big freight-train barrels spinning off for hundreds of yards down the line....


South Aftican Hellman Grant 'Twiggy' Baker to Talk Story at Surf, the Bar Thursday!

Surf News, 18 February, Surfing has the ability to bridge great distances and cultural divides. When Hawaiian Eddie Aikau first visited South Africa in 1972 - 40 years ago - friendships were forged that would change the course of surfing and open new frontiers for the sport and its global community forever.

Today a new generation of surfers from South Africa and Hawaii are sharing big waves, good times, and a unique brotherhood. Join South Africa's leading big wave rider Grant "Twiggy" Baker and professional free-surfer Andrew Lange, who are currently visiting the North Shore. 40-min Talk followed by screening of "The Africa Project" surf film. Thursday, February 21, 8pm....


New blood pumps at Burton Toyota Pro start...Bethany gets through intial rounds.

Emerging Young Surfers Dominate At Surfest Newcastle Australia

Surf News, 18 February, 2013 :  Some of surfing’s emerging young talents dominated their heats on Day 1 of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star rated Burton Toyota Pro and Hunter Ports Women’s Classic in fun 2 to 3 foot (1 Metre ) surf at Merewether today.

With both events carrying 6-Star ASP rating’s this event is crucial to surfers who are aiming to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour. Young Indonesian surfer Oney Anwar is intent on progressing as far as possible to gain as many ranking points as possible at this event and throughout this year to elevate him up the world rankings....


Alana Blanchard behind the scenes at Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013

Alana Blanchard is featured on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013. The model and pro surfer is the only surfer featured in the iconic magazine.

The 22-year-old natural beauty from Kauai was handpicked by the SI crew to be featured alongside the most beautiful women in the world, in the famous pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013.


Happy Birthday Todd!

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....


Kai Lenny regains his Sunset Beach Pro title

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. 


Vans to sponsor US Open of Surfing

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.


Shark attacks worldwide increase slightly

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.


Awareness and Prevention Win Big at the Inaugural Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer

(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.


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