Author Archives: Gary Kewley

CSO (Chief Surfing Officer) of SNN (Surf News Network). Reporting surf for over 3 decades for the Aloha State.

Gerry Lopez + Uluwatu: The More Things Change

“Maybe what yoga & surfing are trying to do is tap into the same energy…the prana or the mana. The Hawaiian’s were doing it through surfing and the yogis were doing it by breathing…” GL In Hindu philosophy including yoga, Indian medicine, and martial arts, prana (प्राण, prāṇa; the Sanskrit word for “life force” or “vital principle”) is all cosmic energy, permeating the Universe on all levels. Prana is often referred to as the “life force” or “life energy“. When Gerry Lopez first surfed Uluwatu …Read More »

This place is NUTZ!

Hawaii gets backwash…take Makaha for example…but there’s nothing quite like this particular wave bouncer. Tom Curren, Kanoa Igarashi and Yadin Nicol take on Sandspit, California’s most notorious breakwall. After last year’s blitz of waves throughout the US West Coast, thanks to El Niño, we thought 2017 might be a bit quieter. Wrong. So far, things have been pretty silly, especially at California’s most notorious sand-bottom breakwall called Sandspit. v

From the Heavy Side of Life to the Lighter Side…Meet Mercedes

  Waimea Bay…don’t look back…. Stoked to be in the water. Image: Gonzo First off, Mercedes is a passionate person who happens to surf. She dreams big and goes big. You get the feeling that no matter what she chose she’d find success. Just after Six years of surfing, she nailed an XXL Big Wave Awards nomination as one of the three best women big wave surfers in the world.  She wasn’t done…. and got nominated again in 2010 and in 2011. But there’s much more …Read More »

A Local Surfer’s Story: Kyle Metcalf

Kyle’s surfed & hung around awhile… Ricky Grigg was his sixth-grade teacher. Working with Fred Hemmings in the Punahou cafeteria. Fred Van Dyke was his seventh-grade science teacher. Peter Cole was Kyle’s Junior Varsity swimming coach. Oh, and hows about swim relays with Jimmy Blears. What, one last thing… While the ‘Father of Modern Day Surfing’ ate breakfast at Tahitian Lanai, Kyle was six years old swimming in the pool;  Legendary Olympian Duke Kahanamoku said he should become a swimmer. Life is good….Here are some photos …Read More »

Does John John Florence Have Cause for Concern?

A great overview of JJF’s position inside & out coming into J-Bay from WSL’s: Ben Mondy Image: Contemplating his loss in Fiji.WSL / KELLY CESTARI Friday, June 23, 2017 Have the wheels come off?  Round Three losses in Brazil and Fiji have cost John John Florence, the reigning World Champion, the significant lead he gained through the Australian leg as well as the Jeep Leader jersey. And while the points given away are a cause for concern for Florence fans, the bigger surprise is the loss …Read More »

HAWAII HIGH TIDES UPDATE AND IMPACTS SUMMARY- JUNE 21, 2017

King tides are simply the very highest tides. They are naturally occurring predictable events. “King tide” is a colloquial (informal) term for an especially high spring tide, such as a perigean spring tide. “King tide” is not a scientific term, nor is it used in a scientific context. Use of the term “king tide” originated in Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific nations to refer to an especially high tide that occurs only a few times per year. The term has now come to be …Read More »

The Best Kookslams of 2017…so far

Some of these are G-narly D-amn Funny

Bethany hits top “5 Most Badass Surfers”

Bethany Hamilton © Sticky Bumps Tom Curren, Greg Long, Dane Reynolds and Eddie Aikau round out the Surf Snowdonia list. Surfersvillage 17 June, 2017 – Let’s go back In honor of International Surfing Day Saturday, June 17 (also the summer solstice 21st) and read how SV “tracked down blogger Jade Crerand to post her Top 5 Badass Surfers. While everyone has a different takeaway on what qualifies as “badass”, Jade’s reasoning is that those who have gained cult status and tend to break with convention qualify as …Read More »

La Nina or El Nino? Neither….Meet “Neutral”

Image: El Nino with warmer than normal equatorial water (red color) and La Nina with cooler than normal water (in blue) No Nino or Nina events predicted for upcoming Northern Hemi fall 2017 Surf News Network, Mid June 2017 – During May, ENSO-neutral continued, though sea surface temperatures (SSTs) were above average in the east-central Pacific Ocean. The latest weekly Niño index values were near +0.5°C in most of the Niño regions, except for the easternmost Niño-1+2, which was at +0.2°C. The upper-ocean heat content anomaly …Read More »

LST: SSW+South swells dominates the week. Tiny NW fades. Trades backing down into Wednesday with local sea-breeze mix.

See Chart Below for the ‘Travel Time’ Buoy 51101 to Waimea Buoy BIG PICTURE Update for Friday, June 23rd (some variation from early week video) TIDES:  Our annual ‘KING Tides’ are peaking Friday-Saturday with -.4-6 Low tides early AM pushing to 2.5-3’ at 4pm Friday and 5pm Saturday. Watch for more run up/run off on the reinforcing South. Heights may be higher than the charts. These higher highs and lower lows occur near Hawaii Solstices (June 21 is the Summer Solstice). NPAC: The Energizer Jet …Read More »

Surf Celebrates International Surfing Day again, TODAY!

Tomorrow is the ‘official’ first day of Summer plus…. We can spread this International Surfing Day (ISD) occasion out over several days…why not?! We started ISD on Saturday the 17th & since the Surf came to play we’re keeping the flow goin’…. Year Round the Surfrider Foundation and each volunteer and activist network work to protect our coasts. International Surfing Day reminds us to take a moment to celebrate the impact SF  and you have made, the campaigns we’ve won and the beaches we’ve protected. This International …Read More »

Living your Dream is logical…ask Nuno Dias

Logic of a Dream “This is my first showreel, it was filmed in Portugal and Hawaii during the past 12 months and shows what I really love to film: Surf and Nature. Being able to shoot these breathtaking places and incredible surfers is something that motivates me to keep following my dreams”. Surfers: John John Florence | Craig Anderson | Lucas Chumbo | Francisco Porcella | Miguel Blanco | Steph Kokorelis | Filmed and edited by Nuno Dias Logic of a Dream from Nuno Dias …Read More »

The North Shore’s Zoe McDougall (17) claims rare double win in Africa

Photo: Podium with Zoe McDougall and runners up © WSL/Thurtell Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing presented by Hurley WSL QS3,000 Men’s event WSL QS1,000 Women’s event JQS1,000 Junior Men’s & Women’s events New Pier, Dairy Beach, Durban, South Africa 14 – 18 June 2017 McDougall crowned Women’s Champ of the event after winning Junior Women’s title Surf News Network, June 18th. Hawaiian teenager Zoe McDougall (http://zoesurf.com/) was crowned Women’s Champion at the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing pres. by Hurley at Dairy Beach in Durban on …Read More »

WHOA…I’ll take the South swells….

While be bask in warm 2-4′ South swells in paradise lets kick it back to the cold brutal surf of winter for some counter- balance.

Hokulea’s Homecoming at Magic Island

It truly was a milestone moment in Hawaii’s history as tens of thousands met at Magic Island to welcome home the Hokulea after an unprecedented, three-year voyage around the globe. Click the Banner to go live and learn more! There’s Magic on land and sea today, Saturday after her three-year journey…. The double-hulled sailing canoe, officially a “state treasure,” was greeted with chants, cheers and tears.  The crew members were met with lei, embrace and gratitude.  Hokulea made its historic return home Saturday, joined by several other Polynesian …Read More »

Aikau Family Tragedy

Featured photo of Gerald Aikau and his seven-year-old son, Reef — the two deceased in Tuesday’s tragedy. Photo: Aikau family Eddie Aikau’s Nephew Involved in Murder-Suicide The tragedy took the life of a seven-year-old boy on the same property where the Legend Eddie grew up The Terrible, surreal news came out of the place we call Paradise.  Two Aikau family members have been named in an apparent murder-suicide. Gerald Aikau – nephew to the legendary waterman, Eddie – allegedly took his seven-year-old son’s life and then …Read More »

Coast Guard Claims Top Branch

The HIC-Quiksilver All Military Surf Classic Presented by MWR Hawaii was Epic!   Full results and more photos at the end~ Kui Lee Murphy ripping into 2nd Place Active Duty Men’s Shortboard (30 & Up). June 14, 2017 – Kalaeloa, Hawaii – The U.S. Coast Guard claimed the “Top Branch” award for the second consecutive year at the Eleventh Annual HIC-Quiksilver All Military Surf Classic, presented by MWR Hawaii. Held this past Saturday, June 10th at White Plains Beach, on the former Barber’s Point Naval …Read More »

MATT WILKINSON CLAIMS VICTORY AT OUTERKNOWN FIJI PRO

 DEFEATS IN-FORM ROOKIE CONNOR O’LEARY IN THRILLING FINAL  WIN SEES WILKINSON TAKE JEEP LEADER JERSEY  Matt Wilkinson (AUS) claims the Jeep Leader Jersey after winning the OK Fiji Pro. Credit: © WSL / Sloane   2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Outerknown Fiji Men’s Pro): 1 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 26,750 points 2 – John John Florence (HAW) 26,500 points 3 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 26,150 points 3 – Adriano de Souza (BRA) 26,150 points 3 – Owen Wright (AUS) 26,150 points TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Thursday, June 15, 2017) …Read More »

OMG

No need to venture further than our front yard. Here’s your visual update of what happened at Skeleton Bay yesterday, the 8th June with international flavors like Benji Brand, Koa Smith, Aritz Aranburu, Anthony Walsh, Brett Barley, Cory Lopez and many more. Another day of memorable waves being ridden. ▬ FOLLOW US ▬ Follow our surf and travel adventures: http://strandloopertjies.net/travel-b… Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/strandloope… Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Strandlooper… ▬

ROOKIES DOMINATE ROUND 3 OF OUTERKNOWN FIJI PRO

MICK OUSTED BY MICHEL, JJF ELIMINATED BY ITALY’S NEWCOMER LEONARDO FIORAVANTI, JORDY NAILED BY FRENCHMAN  JOAN DURU & KELLY BEATEN BY CONNOR O’LEARY, ADRIANO DELETED BY AUSSIE STUART KENNEDY…  2017 CT Rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) upset the competition today with his win over 2016 WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) in Round 3 of the OK Fiji Pro. Credit: © WSL / Cestari  TAVARUA/NAMOTU, Fiji (Tuesday, June 13, 2017) – The Outerknown Fiji Pro, Stop No. 5 of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), saw …Read More »

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