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Bob Twogood asks a question: Reasonable or unreasonable? Compromising or uncompromising? See the issue here about Bill 11. Wednesday is the deadline.

Surfer Joe Teipel writes "speaking of friends like you and Gary with a big heart for ocean sports, THIS Wed. 7/12 is the hearing; it is a BIG one, affecting many beach and ocean-goers and businesses at some of Hawaii and America's best beaches; if you'd consider getting this vip news out on it asap!.....maybe you know Bob Twogood , whos is the real deal, been there at Kailua since the ground floor, teaching untold masses kamaiana and malihini alike how to paddle and so much more......hot interview topic?.......much mahalos, Surfer Joe.
here's the letter to your council person.

   

Sebastien Ziets (Hawaii) from Round 1 of the Billabong Pro JBay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay,10 July in South Africa

Sebastien Ziets (HAW) (pictured) advanced into Round 2 of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay, South Africa today. In Round 1 Ziets posted a heat total of 14.34 points (out of a possible 20.00) to defeat Klee Strachan (RSA), Eric Geiselman (USA) and Luke Campbell (AUS). With the heat win Ziets advances into Round 2 when competition resumes.

   

Maui's Archie Kalepa gets some Talk Story time with you and Jodi Wilmot tonight, Thursday at Surfer the Bar

Photo: Aaron Huey

Big wave rider, Hawaiian Archie Kalepa Makes Ride of His Life: Record 187 Miles on Standup Paddleboard Through The Grand Canyon, Colorado River in 2009.
Journey Explored Connection between Native Hawaiians & American Indians.
This Thursday evening join us at surfer the Bar for a intimate 'Talk Stories' series and deep inside the amazing life of Archie. GO HERE

   

Round 3 just finished 715am HST.ASP Women’s World Title On The Line at Roxy Pro Biarritz.

COTE DES BASQUES, Biarritz/France  July 12, 2012 – The world’s best female surfers have congregated in the south of France this week for Event No. 6 of 7 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro Biarritz, taking place from July 10 – 14, 2012. They're 12 hours ahead of us in Hawaii.

The penultimate event on this year’s elite ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, the Roxy Pro Biarritz will play a vital role in both the determination of the 2012 ASP Women’s World Champion and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best female surfers.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 24, four-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current ASP Women’s World No. 1, has had a banner year in 2012, collecting two elite tour wins and placing in the Quarterfinals or better in each event thus far. While Gilmore has a chance to clinch the 2012 ASP Title in Biarritz, the young natural-footer is cautiously optimistic when discussing the possibility.

   

Maui's Hank Gaskell wins 3-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador

Surf News, 8 July, 2012 : Punta Roca, La Libertad El Salvador -- Hank Gaskell (HAW), 26, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 3-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador, defeating fellow Maui native Dege O’Connell (HAW), 22, in firing four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) waves at El Salvador’s pristine pointbreak of Punta Roca.

Gaskell peaked in the Final, earning the highest single-wave score of Copa Quiksilver El Salvador competition, 9.33 out of 10, due to an array of power carves, hacks and a frontside air. The Hana surfer found an additional set wave shortly after, taking a 6.50 on his backup ride to solidify the victory over his fellow islander.

   

Day Two is ON! Nicaragua Gov't partners for ISA World Masters Event which started holding period July 14

Colorado Beach © Nicasurfing.com / Dustin Franks

Sunday 7/16. Sunny Garcia, Kaipo Jaquias are in the Master's Div....We have FreeSurf Mags Mike Latronic...there's Dennis Pang...Rochelle Ballard and others 'representing' our Island Nation.

Nicaragua Optimistic its Surfing Future Will be Bright After ISA World Championship; "surfing is about more than just riding waves - it can be a vehicle for change," said Fernando Aguerre, the president of the ISA. "The Aloha spirit is contagious. It spreads good vibes, and it attracts world travelers, which brings tourism dollars into surfing destinations. Everybody wins."

   

Glenn Hall (Ireland) celebrates the biggest win of his win career at the Mr Price Pro Ballito today. Hall jumped from 27th to 16th on the World rankings and pocketed US$40,000 for his win.

PICTURE: PIERRE TOSTEE / MR PRICE

American Nathaniel Curran finished runner-up in the 35 minute final which enjoyed sunny weather and excellent 1 – 2 metre waves on the final day of action at Willard Beach.

Australian born, Irish surfer Glenn Hall, 30, secured the biggest win of his career taking out the ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito defeating Nathaniel Curran, 27, (USA) in the Final at Willards Beach, in South Africa on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

The final day of competition culminated with the best swell of the waiting period as solid 1.5 metre, offshore conditions provided the idyllic arena for an action-packed day of world-class surfing.

   

Localism and Surf Rage happens in every country. Here's a good article that puts some sense back.

I've been chasing waves for over 30 years now. After trying competitions in my younger days – rather unsuccessfully – I settled into seeking out fun and uncrowded line ups, both around the country and overseas. I'm not a big wave charger or an aerial junkie. Just overhead is usually big enough for me, and hollow enough to get covered but not if it means risking serious injury. In other words, I'd consider myself middle of the road in terms of both surfing ability and desire.

And what I love about surfing, aside from the waves of course, is the vibe associated with it...the stoke. This is a great thing, a shared mindset, and something that should probably be appreciated more than it is these days.

   

Wildcards Announced For Billabong Pro J-Bay July 10-15

As the surfing world starts focusing back onto Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, the wildcards for the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012 have been announced. The six talented surfers are as follows:

Dale Staples and Brandon Jackson have been chosen by ASP Africa, and they will be seeded into the round of 96. Brothers Ryan and Shaun Payne are the Billabong wildcards, and they too will be seeded into the round of 96. Jeffreys Bay Boardriders have chosen Kelvin Zehmke as their representative and he will receive a wildcard into the event, and the JBU Surf Club have chosen Dan Thornton as their wildcard surfer.

"I'm really stoked to get a wildcard into the round of 96," said Staples on hearing the news. "It looks like we're going to get some excellent waves for the beginning of the contest, so hopefully I can put my Supertubes experience to good use."

   

Plight of the box packer. Check out the ESPN video. Then get your degree.

"Box packers, the guys whose pro career never worked out and ended up packing boxes in the warehouse of some surf company."

That's how it was put to me by an Australian friend. We'd been talking about what life after pro surfing means, and "box packer" was his term for those who had obtained some kind of noteworthiness while in their prime, but whose fate eventuated in less than glorious fashion.

Pro surfing's a tricky game. At its best it can put somebody in front of a global audience, hoisting trophies, being sprayed with champagne in that most Spicollian of dreams. But at its worst it's a destructive force, capable of leaving wrecked youth in its wake. And today, as surf companies look to locked-down bright, marketable talent at ever younger ages, that line is razor thin.

   

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