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It's ON LIVE. Today kicks off event 5 as the World's best gear up for the Billabong Pro Tahiti.

Michel Bourez © ASP / Kirstin

Surf News, 16 August, 2012 :  The Billabong Pro Tahiti will host the ASP Top 34 for the 5th of 10 stops on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, and with swell forecast for opening day, it’s likely that the world’s best surfers will do battle as early as tomorrow. Michel Bourez (PYF), 26, current No. 17 on the 2012 ASP WCT ratings, is one of the heavy favorites at Teahupo’o in any conditions, but the powerful Tahitian

“For me, I treat this event like any other,” Bourez said. “Sure, there is an advantage to growing up here and having an event here. I’m comfortable out at Teahupo’o, but the guys in the Top 34 are all very good. Every heat is a challenge and I’m taking every round seriously.” Bourez will take on Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, and Adam Melling (AUS), 27, in Round 1 of competition.

   

It's ON! The 11th annual Duke's OceanFest will be held at venue sites throughout Waikiki, from Wednesday, August 18, through Sunday, August 26.

The 8-day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku's heart: Longboard Surfing - Paddleboard Racing - Swimming - Tandem Surfing - Surf Polo - Beach Volleyball - Stand-Up Paddling, etc.

Duke's OceanFest is held each summer in Waikiki in honor of Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha. Among his many accomplishments, Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medal swimmer; a surfer; an esteemed canoe steersman; a Hollywood actor; and the Sheriff of Honolulu.

   

Shark Week from 8/11:Twenty Five facts about sharks...

Shark News, 11 August, 2012 :  Shark Week begins Sunday. One of the great human stories for thousands of years is the individual facing something this grand and awesome yet also this mysterious and frightening. One response is to fight it. Another is to just stand there and be reverent. And that is why Shark Week never loses its appeal with viewers

Last year, the summer programming phenomenon of Discovery Channel attracted 26.6 million viewers. The Shark Week specials get up close and personal with these amazing predators. The encounter puts emphasis on education - on understanding how much we've learned about sharks and how much we still can learn.

   

Surfer Mag - How to Surf Teahupoo with Michel Bourez

Michel Bourez, feeling right at home at the end of the road. Photo: Joli

Jeff Mull: Teahupoo has gained a reputation for handing out some of the world’s best barrels and worst beatings—often you’ll find both in the same session. If watching the upcoming Billabong Pro Tahiti inspires you to test yourself at the ferocious wave, we recommend reading the following words of advice from local expert Michel Bourez first. If you’re still chomping at the bit, make sure both your SURFER subscription and life insurance policy have been renewed before you book your flight.

   

ASP WCT No. 1 Mick Fanning Readies for Billabong Pro Tahiti, Early Swell Forecast but just 5 feet SSW. Tons of Hawaii talent for trials starting 8/11-8/14

TEAHUPO’O, Taiarapu/Tahiti (Saturday, August 11, 2012) – The world’s best surfers are converging on the planet’s heaviest lefthander next week for Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti, to be held from August 16 – 27, 2012 at the infamous South Pacific reef pass of Teahupo’o.

Following last year’s historic installment of the event, ultimately won by reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 40, and featuring a barrier-breaking tow-in session dubbed ‘Code Red’, the surfing world eagerly anticipates the return of this season’s Billabong Pro Tahiti and the impact it will have on the 2012 ASP World Title race.

   

Malia Manuel is one of the Final 12 include Courtney Conlogue, Laura Enever, Sage Erickson & Rebecca Woods

Surf News, 10 August, 2012 : The Association of Surfing Professionals 6-Star Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro returned to Oceanside Pier for day two of competition and saw a day of dominant performances from ASP Women’s WCT surfers. The Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro’s Round of 80 format represents the largest qualifying event for the 2013 ASP WCT and is also the only women’s qualifying event on the 2012 ASP North America schedule.

Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 19, built momentum in her Round of 24 heat, opening her assault with two 7-point rides and went on to blast the day’s highest scores. The talented Californian went on to net the day’s highest single wave score of a near-perfect 9.70 out of 10 for an impressive frontside air and competed her campaign with a combined 17.40 heat total while advancing to the Round of 12.

   

Meet Maui's Ian Walsh's and the Family Of Big Wave Charging Surfers -- Ep 2

Pro surfer Ian Walsh is the oldest of 3 brothers, all of who have followed closely in his footsteps and found themselves in the lineup at some of the heaviest waves in the world. In episode 2 of "The Ian Walsh Experience" meet the twins Shaun and D.K. as they show their approach to big-wave training through MMA, free diving, and motocross. With Ian's help, Shaun and DK have become a fixture in the lineup at Jaws and a never-ending source of comedy on land.

   

Chris Ward wins 2012 Rip Curl Cup!

With a miracle wave in the dying seconds of the Final, California's Chris Ward pigdogs his way to a Padang Padang title. At the same time my God Son Brendon Garrett is in Bali scoring and scoring and scoring...gq

August 9th, 2012. Padang Padang, Bali – With barely a minute remaining in the ninth annual Rip Curl Cup Invitational at Padang Padang, California’s Chris Ward scored a perfect 10 backside barrel to leapfrog into first place and win the “Ultimate Tuberiding Contest” on Thursday, besting Bali’s Mega Semadhi (2nd place), Java’s Dede Suryana (3rd), and Australia’s Ry Craike (4th) in pumping six-foot tubes at Padang Padang.

   

VIDEO: Next-level airs with John John, Chippa & crew

PHOTO:John John Florence © Kustom Airstrike

For the Kustom Airstrike video John John Florence, Ryan Callinan, Matt Meola, Albee Layer, Chippa Wilson and crew take to Macaronis and the rest of the Ments on a boat. Crazy airs ensue along with a few cuts and bruises. Definitely next-level surfing going on.

www.kustomairstrike.com

   

Ocean Quest Stand Up Paddle Race on Saturday

Aloha all stand up paddlers. Sign up now for the 4th annual
North Shore Ocean Quest Stand Up Paddle Race from Waimea to Haleiwa on August 11, 2012 Saturday.

Entry forms can be dropped off at Surf N Sea in Haleiwa or mailed to the address on the entry form.

All money raised goes to the youth programs on the North Shore like the Junior Lifeguard Program.

   

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