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Mike Latronic's a jack of all trades, publisher, team manager, and he can still get pitted with the best of them. Here he is in deep at the ISA World Masters. Check this ESPN interview!

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From Mike Latronic's adolescent angst as a journalism student at Waialua High School, to his run as an aspiring pro surfer, to his current gig as Hawaiian surf media mogul, the man's been around. His latest endeavor consists of helping Hawaii's national team, for lack of a better term, achieve international success. In June he helped manage the junior squad to ISA gold in Panama, and now he's in Nicaragua with the masters team, where he hopes to keep the momentum going at the ISA World Masters Championships. ESPN Surfing sat down with him to see why the islands have been such a force recently, and true to form, he had something to say.

   

Kaipo Jaquias kills it on Day 4 of Nicaragua ISA World Masters

Kaipo Jaquias © ISA / Parkin

Surf News, 19 July, 2012 : Kaipo ripping through the rounds again today at 845am comboing Garcia! While the early days of the event provided opportunity for old friends to connect, waves to be shared and jitters to be worked out, on Day 3, the business end of the Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship was at hand. Repechage heats were on the schedule, which meant eliminations were imminent. The ocean continued to produce high-quality waves with offshore winds throughout the day. to go live GO HERE

   

Day 4 of the Nicaragua ISA World Masters is LIVE...

Surf News, 18 July, 2012 :  The third day of the Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship will begin in 2- to 3-foot waves at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana. Cloudy skies loom over the event site, but the winds remain offshore. The surfers in the water for Repechage 1 are the Men’s Masters is Jon Hanna (PAN), David Lee (JAM) and Hugo Camacho (MEX).

   

Ezekiel Lau on a roll through NSSA & Africa contests

Surf News, 17 July, 2012 : Local boy is looking good far from home in a wetsuit. Body Glove wants to congratulate Ezekiel Lau for winning 1st place in both the Explorer and Open Men’s Championships at the NSSA Nationals. He also took home the AI Award for the Open Men’s Standout performance inspired by Andy Irons.

The superstar Hawaiian dominated the 2012 NSSA Nationals Event bringing home 2 titles. Lau, showing off his power, posted 2 big scores early on in the competition, eventually winning the Open Men’s title and taking home the Huntington Beach Mayor’s Cup. Zeke also took first in the Explorer Men’s giving him the Governors Cup.

   

Check out this great ESPN interview

In April Albee Layer was surprised with a $100,000 check when he won Taylor Steele's Innersection video contest. One of his bios on a sponsor's website reads: "Laird Hamilton considers himself lucky enough to be Albee Layer's neighbor." That's like getting a reference from Chuck Norris. Given his performance in the highly competitive Innersection contest and what he did during some heady paddle sessions at Jaws this winter, the argument could be made that he's the most prolific kid coming out of Hawaii today.

   

VIDEO: Matt Meola vs. Willie Nelson in big game...

Matt in mid-rotation © Innersection

Latest Matt video features appearances by Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson

Surf News, 14 July, 2012 : -Matt Meola is an 'all in' kinda guy. His entry into last year's Innersection contest displayed every color in the surfing spectrum, from intricate aerials to stomach-in-the-throat big wave drops. For his efforts, he was awarded the opening segment in last year's Innersection movie -- an opportunity he made the most of with a few unexpected guest stars who have to be seen to be believed.

   

Meet the new World Champ, for the 5th time!

Saturday July 14, 2012. Roxy Pro Biarritz, France

 Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, claimed her 5th ASP Women’s World Title today, winning the Roxy Pro Biarritz over Tyler Wright (AUS), 18 in Biarritz, France, today.

Today’s incredible achievement puts the young natural-footer in an elite class of surfers to win five or more ASP World Titles, overtaking records set by Freida Zamba (USA), Wendy Botha (AUS) and Lisa Andersen (USA). The only other two surfers in history to claim five or more titles are Kelly Slater (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

   

Over 100 helpers & Almost 1000 lbs in the Revolusun Solar presents the 3rd annual Sandy Beach Clean up

Mahalo for all who came out to help in The Surfrider Foundation & Revolusun Solar's 3rd annual Sandy Beach clean up. Surfrider is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. The Oahu Chapter’s mission is to improve water quality, maintain beach and ocean access, and assure responsible development on the island of Oahu.

The drive is happenning now! We ask you to get involved in the Surfrider Foundation here on Oahu. Contact us for details. We sponsor regular beach cleanups and monthly organizational meetings that typically feature guest speakers and social functions. There are also a number of exciting volunteer opportunities if you have time to help.

If your company would like to become a Surfrider partner, please let us know about how you can help us achieve our goals while expanding your business.

   

South America's best competitive surfer, Adriano De Souza wins 6-Star Billabong Pro J-Bay. Zeke Lau nails performance of career. p

Adriano De Souza © Roy Harley

Adriano De Souza edges past Frenchman Joan Duru to take Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

 Surf News, 13 July, 2012 :  Jeffreys Bay -- Brazilian surfer Adriano De Souza has won the ASP 6-Star Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay defeating French surfer Joan Duru in small and difficult conditions in the Final with polished and dynamic surfing.

It was an icy winter day that dawned for the remaining competitors in the Billabong Pro J-Bay today, but with contestable waves running down the point, contest director Luke Egan showed no hesitation in sending the remaining competitors straight out into the water. “We’re going to crown a winner today, weather permitting,” said Egan.

   

How much is your leash a drag on your surfing?

When it comes to surf equipment, the leash is usually an afterthought. To some it’s a tangled, bothersome kook-cord, to others it’s a lifesaver. Regardless of its pros and cons, the leash is 6 feet of cord trailing behind you, and it’s essentially dead weight. Dead weight produces drag, making the leash the only piece of surf equipment not designed to improve performance on a wave. But just how much does a leash affect your surfing? Check out article from Surfer Magazine HERE

   

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