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Best of Mates since childhood; Fanning beats Parko becoming the 1st Aussie to win here since Occy in 1999!

120pm Monday 8/27/12.  Mick wins the Billabong Pro and overtakes Joel in the final minutes after being 'comboed' ...Mick extends his ratings lead as #1 on the ASP World Tour.Surf was perfect 3-6' from the South and offered the best conditions seen since early days of the event.
CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Billabong Pro Tahiti)
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 34,750 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 31,700 pts
3. John John Florence (HAW) 27,450 pts
4. Kelly Slater (USA) 25,450 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 24,950 pts

   

Tune into the final day of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Mick Fanning beats Joel Parkinson to become the winner.

It's over. The full story on the way.

The Billabong Pro Tahiti, Event No. 5 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, recommenced today with Rounds 3 and 4 being completed in rapidly-improving three-to-five foot waves at Teahupo’o.Ricardo dos Santos (BRA), two-time Von Zipper Trials winner and wildcard into the main event, caused the upset of the day in eliminating reigning 11-time ASP World Champion and defending Billabong Pro Tahiti winner, Kelly Slater (USA), 40, with an incredible down-to-the-wire performance in Round 3. Needing a major score with 10 seconds remaining in the heat, Dos Santos threaded a lengthy forehand barrel to attain a 9.87 out of a possible 10 and the emotional win.

   

After 8 days of waiting...Billabong Pro Tahiti is ON rounds 3 and 4; also check this video out about the reef of Teahupoo...whoa!

Surf News, 26 August, 2012 : The Billabong Pro Tahiti is back on! The predicted swell has arrived at 3-4' today at the world’s most infamous lefthander and we are ready for another full day of action. it's expected to rise even more around 3pm for the last two hours. The  show is live now. 8.30 - 5pm Rounds 3-4... Heat 1, Mick Fanning beats Fredrick Patacchia. See results up to 2pm. We have to get wet. Watch it too on OC 250.

   

Here's some Duke's Oceanfest Day 8 Swim, Paddle, Legends...pictured Candice Appleby & John Paul

We're finishing up Today and will have it all for you Monday. Saturday was a Full Day of Sports in Duke Kahanamoku's Name.

 Australia First in at the Swim;  Team Kona Brewing win Legends; Kaeo Abbey and Andrea Muller Victorious in the Paddle 

Yesterday was a full day in Waikiki in honor of the legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. Team surfing kicked off the long day and the waves were some of the best Waikiki has seen all summer. The team competition started off Friday on Duke's official birthday and concluded today in 2-3 foot perfect surf at the world famous Queens Surf Break. Teams battled it out for bragging rights and in the end it was Kona Brewing that had the most points.....

   

The raw emotion of making a long barrel at Teahupoo brings out some of the best claims. The worlds best discuss their favourites. Claims will come by Monday with 8' swell!!.

More 'claims' go down at Teahupo'o than any other reef on the planet when the tours in town. This gives insight into the best surfers in the world. Check out the vid.

   

Surfer Dr. Richard W. Grigg inducted into the Hawai'i Waterman Hall of Fame

Photo Ron Church

Dr. Richard W. Grigg is an Emeritus Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii where he is internationally known for his research on the ecology and paleoceanography of reef building corals in Hawaii and the Pacific at large. His research on the history of the Hawaiian Archipelago and the Darwin Point, which explains why islands drown at the northwestern end of the Hawaiian Islands, is considered a milestone in the field. A full description of this work can be found in his latest book, In the Beginning, Archipelago, the Origin and Description of the Hawaiian Islands, published in 2012.

   

Happy Birthday Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku! And Thank You!

Duke was born 122 years ago on this day, August 24, 1890 in downtown Honolulu. Who would have known that 78 years later he would not only be known as Hawaii's greatest athlete, but the father of international surfing and its ambassador of Aloha. Growing up on the outskirts of Waikiki, Kahanamoku spent his youth as a bronzed beach boy. It was at Waikiki Beach where he developed his surfing and swimming skills. In his youth, Kahanamoku preferred a traditional surf board, which he called his "papa nui", constructed after the fashion of ancient Hawaiian "olo" boards. Made from the wood of a koa tree, it was 16 feet long and weighed 114 pounds. The board was without a skeg, which had yet to be invented. In his later career, he would often use smaller boards, but always preferred those made of wood....
   

Access to the Water at Duke's Oceanfest...

Pictured. The Access Hawaii Ohana.

Waikïkï’s Premier Ocean Sports Festival. 11th Annual Duke’s OceanFest
New Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Inductees Thursday night At Outrigger Canoe Club

LOCATION:  Duke’s Kahanamoku’s Statue, Waikïkï Beach 

The Duke's Oceanfest continued today with a Tandem expression session, Lifeguard Flag Competition and AccesSurf hit the water for their second day.

       Defending champion John Davis was once again victorious in the sitting final and was excited to be in Waikiki. " I was fortunate enough to channel some of the energy that Duke provides all of us and have a great session", said John Davis after his win. "This is a prestigious event for everyone and it is great also for the adaptive surfers."

   

Surf's up for William Shatner's Negotiator, back on duty in new Priceline commercial

Have you seen this? From the Starship to surfing...Classic. And also a reminder how mainstream surfing has become worldwide.

The story is by LYNN ELBER in Los Angeles. William Shatner's Priceline Negotiator isn't a goner, after all. He just went surfing.

Seven months after a commercial showed the Negotiator plunging off a cliff and into apparent oblivion, the company is resurrecting him in a new 30-second TV and online spot debut last Thursday.

A clever parody of a world-weary spy who vanishes to start a new life, the commercial opens with Shatner standing on a beach, gazing somberly at the ocean company man (actor Allan Louis) approaches him....

   

Talk Story Series ftg. Bob Leinau hosted by Jodi Wilmott

here all about it at Surfer the Bar this Thursday nite; doors open 6p and the 'Talk Story' starts at 8pm. Ever wonder how the North Shore maintains its beautiful green spaces and ocean? What was it like when the first Hawaiians lived here in harmony with the ocean and the land? Bob Leinau has the answers, as well as intriguing insight into the special history of places like Waimea Valley and Bay. Bob is one of the key action figures in the non-profit groups Malama Pupukea-Waimea, and North Shore Community Land Trust. His intimate understanding of the North Shore make him one of our most valuable residents. And his super fun and positive outlook on life also makes him one of our most colorful characters… that’s why we call him an action figure!

   

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