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Volume 9 Number 11

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The Original Proving Ground

Waimea Windmills

Environmental Conflict


Jaws Comes Alive





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On October 8, a small group of big wave gladiators paddled into the lineup on, what was to be, a historical session. Makua Rothman throwing it all over the ledge. Photo: Fred Pompermayer

Table of Contents



Sunset Surfing’s Holy Grail

Aperture Jaws Comes Alive



Waimea Windmills Environmental Conflict

She Rips Moana Jones

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ome issues just don’t come together the way you plan them. In the

to walk the planet. Straight up. His cunningness. His wave selection,

surf media world, if mother nature decides to send a freak early

and the committed lines he draws on behemoth waves, positioning

season storm and delivers the perfect big wave paddle conditions

himself impossibly deep, and making waves that no mere mortal

for Jaws, things are bound to get bumped. To borrow one of my favorite

should be able to navigate. Speaking of the greatest, this month we

phrases from the tv show Workaholics, I was a little “butt hurt” that the

look at Sunset Beach and its long relationship with the greatest surfer

Sunset issue wasn’t going to have a picture of Sunset on the cover. But

ever, Kelly Slater.

when you look at that barrel that Shane Dorian is packing at Jaws, well, that stuff is absolutely ridiculous! How do you not put that on the cover?

Sunset is the spot that ruled the big wave surf world for 4 decades. While most automatically associate Pipeline with Kelly Slater, Sunset

Was it the day of days out at Jaws? It certainly was one of the glassiest

has also played a large role throughout his career. Let me be clear,

conditions that have been seen at the infamous Maui spot. But more than

this issue of Freesurf isn’t a dig at Kelly Slater. He is, unequivocally,

that, it was Shane Dorian throwing down another dominating performance

the greatest of all time. Seeing him continue to raise the bar of what

in waves of consequence. Who else besides Dorian can backdoor the

is possible in competitive surfing is a driving force of what makes

bowl at Jaws and consistently exits VW sized barrel on a constant basis?

surfing so interesting. Here’s to hoping Kelly decides to compete at

No one. While Greg Long, Mark Healy, Makua Rothman and Albee Layer

Sunset for the first time since 2004.

threw down great performances, in the end it was Shane Dorian who again claimed the sessions best rides.

Quite simply, Shane Dorian is unequivocally the greatest big wave surfer












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Cover Story Winter is here! Stoked! Nothing is more exciting than waking up to the sound of thunderous surf. Hawaii chargers braved all conditions at the start of this surf season, from Waimea to Phantoms; but the elements proved most daring in Maui. Big wave elites and locals alike challenged paddle-in surfings’ limits at Peahi a.k.a JAWS. Hints of the swell were tracked well in advance and Freesurf sent our very own Tyler Rock and Tony Heff to document this historic event.

“Jaws is a big wave garden. It’s the perfect setup, tucked away in its own little corner. Its not an outer reef wave out to sea. It breaks basically off the cliff which is perfect for everyone to view and enjoy,” said Tyler Rock.

There was no one more prepared for this swell than Shane Dorian. Displaying a surfing performance that was utterly heroic, Dorian consistently tamed one behemoth after another. But it wasn’t until 3 hours into his session that this beast of a wave knighted Shane Dorian into an eternal legend-hood.

“That wave came right to me. It felt like I was meant to ride that wave. Out of the thousands of waves I’ve caught, without a doubt, that one stands out the most. It was probably the pinnacle of my surfing career,” said Shane Dorian of the wave.

His epic ride hands down trumped all other cover submissions for this issue. Although Shane describes his wave as the pinnacle of his career, I think it’s just another new beginning. “Those two days at Jaws were without a doubt the most amazing display of surfing that I have ever


witnessed,” said Tony Heff.

As evidenced in the Aperture section this issue, there is a large pack of eager takers quick to make their mark in big wave paddle surfing. And only the next swell will tell how far today’s big wave clan will take it.

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The Oakley Pro Junior The Oakley Pro Junior was held this past October in Bali. The Island of the Gods, and the island of long lefts, provided some incredible waves for the world’s top juniors. But these top juniors weren’t feasting on lefts. Oakley set up camp at Keramas, and offered up long, reeling rights. And Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau continued his competitive roll.

Fresh off his victory at the biggest contest on Japan at the 4-star Billabong Pro Tahara, Zeke’s surfing was incendiary, mixing technical

airs with vicious power carves. Zeke lit up every single wave, going for broke on set waves and everything in between, and was clearly THE standout through the entire event.

Heading into the finals against Jack Freestone, the Pro Junior looked like it would be on lock down for Zeke. Sometimes dominant performances like Zeke’s get snuffed out in the finals due to a myriad of variables. In this case, the rapidly deteriorating conditions in the finals, which went from perfect reeling 4 footers to 2 to 3 crumbly peaks, changed the nature of the game. Lau is deadly in these conditions as well, yet an in-form Jack Freestone showed competitive savvy and just barely squeaked by Zeke by the narrowest of margins to take the the title of ASP World Junior Champion.

With Zeke falling just .07 points from winning the event and title you can bet that Lau will be fired up coming into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Nonetheless, congratulations Zeke on your brilliant performance in Bali!

Oakley Pro Junior 2012 1) Jack Freestone (AUS) 2) Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 3) Andrew Doheny (USA) 3) Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR)


51st ASP Tour Win for Kelly Slater

Quiksilver Pro France Kelly Slater continues to show the world he is the greatest surfer to ever stand on a surfboard, collecting his 51st World Championship Tour win at the Quiksilver Pro France. Slater beat an in-form Dane Reynolds to win his first ever Quik Pro France, although Hossegor was the site of Kelly’s first WCT victory back in 1991. Congrats Kelly! Let’s bring that title race back to Pipe!

Slater, 40, who had not won a World Championship Tour event in France in 20 years, looked sharp throughout four days of competition at the rugged beach break La Graviere, known for shifting tides and cold, pounding surf.

“It’s usually pretty tricky conditions for this event,” Slater said. “These are definitely the waves I like the best...peaky barrels. It plays into my strengths. I’m relieved to finally get a win here.”

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE FINAL RESULTS: 1 – Kelly Slater (USA) 17.26 2 – Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00

QUIKSILVER PRO FRANCE SEMIFINALS RESULTS: SF 1: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.70 def. John John Florence (HAW) 15.60 SF 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.27 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.93


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Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played host to pivotal moments in the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title as well as today’s dramatic culmination between two rising superstars.

In a re-match of the surfers’ Final bout from France last season, Medina and Wilson went blow-for-blow in today’s Final in front of a capacity crowd at Supertubos. While Medina favored a more technical approach to the heat, executing a number of progressive maneuvers, it was Wilson’s barrel sense and combination ability that ultimately tipped the heat in the final moments.

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of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. “I’ve surfed in about 70 different countries, and I’ve ridden waves from the smallest to the biggest,

For nearly four decades, Sunset served as the undisputed epicenter

and I got to say Hawaii is the best place in the world, without a

of the surfing universe. From the 1950s to the 90s, no other wave

question,” says Rarick. “And when you think of Hawaii you think of

provided greater glory, produced more epic contests, and conversely,

the North Shore. And this 7 mile miracle as we call it. Of all the spots

metered out some very humbling beat downs to the world’s greatest

here, in my opinion Sunset Beach is the best spot bar none. The

surfers quite like Sunset. Put simply, Sunset was surfing’s holy grail.

reason I like Sunset is that you can ride it at one foot and you can ride it at twenty feet. And you can ride it everything in between.”

Better men (and infinitely better writers) have referred to Sunset as surfing’s Carneige Hall. More often than the Carneige Hall comparison

Ken Bradshaw echoes Rarick’s passion for Sunset. “Sunset is an

though, Sunset has been called surfing’s Mount Everest. Whichever

amazing wave. It is the best, high performance big wave in the

superlative you decide to affix to Sunset, the facts are straightforward

world,” says Bradshaw. “I’ve been a lot of places in this world trying

and simple. Sunset is the most consistent big wave on the planet,

to find a place that I could replace Sunset with and I have yet to be

and perhaps more importantly, Sunset is the most complex wave on

able to find anywhere in the world that could ever replace Sunset


Beach. Sunset is just this amazing magnet that pulls in swells. And its always 2 feet bigger than everywhere else.”

While Sunset lost its luster in the eyes of the surf world during the 90s, there are still surfers that believe Sunset is the best wave in the

Plenty of surfers have dedicated their lives to surfing Sunset for the

world. One of those surfers is Randy Rarick, the Executive Director

endless variety and the challenge it presents. “Sunset actually breaks

on a SouthWest swell, wrapping around,” says Rarick. “You can surf Backyards. You can surf Sunset Point. You can surf Sunset in the middle. You can surf inside Sunset. You can surf Val’s Reef. Sunset will break on a South West, a West, a North West, a North East swell, and even an East swell. You got this full range of almost 180 degrees of swell angle that can come into Sunset, whether it is coming from the point, or Kaena Point, it doesn’t matter, and it changes every time you ride it.”

Sunset’s fade from the limelight coincided with the arrival of the greatest surfer of all time to the professional ranks, Mr. Robert Kelly Slater. Surfing’s Muhammed Ali. Our Michael Jordan. Our Tiger Woods. Our Roger Federer. Our Michael Phelps. Our Lance Armstrong that doesn’t need roids. He is surfing’s Alexander the Great. Our Genghis Khan, because frankly comparisons to other sports greatest stars just don’t compare due to his length of domination. Slater has done the unthinkable by besting three full generations of the world’s greatest surfers; from Tom Carroll, Derek Ho, Tom Curren, Sunny Garcia, Rob Machado, Shane Beschen, Andy Irons, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and now Julian Wilson, Gabriel Medina, and John John Florence. Yet in spite of Slater’s near dominance over every other surfer, there remains one competitor that the King has yet to conquer; Sunset.

Hawaii has always been the ultimate proving ground in surfing. The unwritten rule is that until a surfer has proven themselves in Hawaii, then they haven’t proven shit. Ergo, Sunset was the de facto wave that a surfer had to surf well to gain the respect of their peers. This translated to the competitive arena as well and for the longest time (between 1965 and 1991) winning a contest at Sunset was the pinnacle of a surfer’s competitive career. And none was bigger than the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Classic, which ran at Sunset from 1965 to 1984 and was broadcast on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

What makes surfing such an unique sport is that not only are surfers competing against other surfers, they are also competing against mother nature.

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The ocean is a mercurial medium, constantly changing. While no surfer besides Andy Irons has ever gotten the best of Kelly Slater, Sunset is the one wave on this planet that has owned the King’s number. Which explains the worst kept secret in surfing. Kelly Slater has never won a contest at Sunset. Not a World Cup in the Triple Crown. Not an XCEL Pro. Not even a menehune event back in his amatuer days.

No big deal, right? After all, Slater has owned the Pipe Masters, winning it a record 6 times. Kelly has won the Eddie at Waimea Bay. Hell, Kelly has even won an amatuer contest out at Makaha. The man has won 11 world titles. As of printing, Slater has won an astonishing 51 World Championship Tour events. Perhaps more impressive than all the victories, Slater owns a career winning percentage of 80%. So does it even matter that Kelly hasn’t

Kelly Slater backdooring Sunset’s inside bowl. While Slater has never won a contest at Sunset, as Randy Rarick says, “He’s made a couple of finals, so it’s not that he’s some slouch that doesn’t know how to surf Sunset. But I really don’t think he has the desire.”

won at Sunset? Probably not. Not to his fans. Not to me least of all. But I would be willing to bet money that it does matter to one person. Kelly Slater.

For someone who is so tuned into the history of surfing, it seems strangely odd that having never won out at Sunset wouldn’t be a thorn in the King’s side. Slater’s fierce competitiveness is legendary. The tales of Heir Slater’s addiction to winning anything and everything have been well documented by everyone from his friends and family to his biggest rivals. John Carper, the man who has crafted Shane Dorian’s vehicles for the past two decades once stated that “you have never seen anyone as competitive as Kelly. If you beat him walking up the stairs he will make you go back down so that

down to Ehukai to begin documenting the apex of technical tube riding with their fish eye lens. Sunset’s relegation to 2nd class

To fully understand why Kelly Slater has never won a contest at

status was made official in the mid 90s when the Pipe Masters

Sunset, we must look back at the King’s rise through the ranks of

became the last event of the year, a role Sunset’s World Cup of

the surf world during the early 90s. “When Kelly really came into his

Surfing had previously held. Adding insult to injury, Sunset lost

own when he won his first world title (1992), he went to super high

its status as a World Championship Tour (WCT) event after the

rockered boards that were really thin and really narrow. And those

2003 contest.

boards just did not work at Sunset Beach,” explains Randy Rarick. “They were not designed for Sunset. They were designed for hollow

Despite Kelly never having won Sunset, the spot has played a

waves like Backdoor Pipeline. At Sunset they were horrible.”

significant role in his development as a surfer. As Slater writes in Pipe Dreams, “I turned fifteen the following year, and Ken

During Slater’s 21 years of competing professionally he has surfed

(Bradshaw) finally dragged me out to real Sunset. It was a day

just 14 contests at Sunset. Despite two 2nd place finishes and one

I’d now call ‘fun six-foot Sunset,’ but at the time it seemed like

3rd place result, Slater’s results include three 49th’s, two 33rd’s and

Mount Everest. I watched from the lineup as Ken, Sean, and my

a 57th place. As Kelly wrote in his 2003 autobiography Pipe Dreams

friend Alex Cox each grabbed a wave. They were paddling back

about Sunset, “I’ve never been much of a threat there.”

out through the channel when a perfect peak came right to me. I heard them screaming, ‘Yeah. yeah, yeah .... awww.’ Stage fright

It is fitting that the Momentum generation, led by Slater, shifted the

got the better of me, and I pulled back. They were disappointed

surf world’s focus from Sunset down to Backdoor Pipeline and Off

in me, but not as much as I was in myself......The fact that I

the Wall in the early 90s. Pictures of Sunset slowly filtered out of the

paddled out at Sunset was a major accomplishment.”

magazines as surf photographers followed surfing’s new superstars

Kala Alexander lining up a perfect inside bowl barrel.


he can beat you back up the stairs.”

her unpredictable nature can provide either epic rides or brutal beatings, all in the same session.

It was also during Slater’s rookie year on tour in 1991 that he found his initial confidence in Hawaii’s big waves at the XCEL Pro. As Slater wrote, “Something clicked. Looking back it wasn’t huge Sunset. Today, I’d surf it without a leash. Back then it was kind of scary. I was riding a 7’2 and I’d never ridden a board that big in a contest. I took off on one wave and tried to get in the tube but got smashed. The wave knocked me underwater and all the fear I had built up about big waves was right there. I came up and my first thought was, ‘Wow, that wasn’t bad at all.’ I still had more breath and hadn’t come close to drowning. It was a pretty good size wave, and I expected it to be a lot scarier. It was the end of my heat and I sat up on my board. Instead of paddling in, I just sat there with the biggest grin on my face. The lineup was so spread out that no one was in shouting distance of me, and I just started screaming, ‘Woo-hoo!‘ I said to myself. ‘I’m f***ing doing this!’”

Perhaps the most telling story about Kelly Slater and Sunset comes not from his autobiography but from the 2001 Triple Crown of Surfing Champion Myles Padaca. Padaca recounts the last time Slater competed at Sunset back in January 2004 at the Ezekiel / Faith Riding Pro. “Slater showed up and he’s doing this one star contest. Long story short, Pancho (Sullivan) and Slater both end up in the final together. Everyone knows that Kelly has never won out here at Sunset, so that’s a feather that he definitely wants to have in his cap. The final was epic. 6 foot and it was barreling on the inside bowl. It was a really good battle, they were going back and forth, and Pancho ended up getting the winning wave in the last 2 minutes of the 32


Sunset is a moody, fickle wave. Never the same,

heat. It put Slater on the ropes and he only had a couple of minutes to come back. You know Kelly wanted it so bad, and you know Pancho wanted to beat him even badder. Even though it was only a one star and only $2500 for first, bragging rights I guess. You don’t hear Pancho talk about that ever. I think that deep down, since Kelly has never won out here, that’s something that he has on his bucket list. I’m sure after he retires off the world tour he’ll probably still compete selectively and try to win one out here,” says Padaca.

As the 2012 World Cup of Surfing at Sunset approaches, I can’t help but wonder if this is the year that Kelly Slater returns to compete at Sunset. Even though he is in the thick of trying to win his 12th world title, the fact that his heir apparent John John Florence will be attempting to defend his Sunset crown is sure to have Slater itching to give it another go at the hallowed spot. As Randy Rarick noted of Florence’s performance last year, “John John rode Sunset like no one has ever ridden it before. Under the lip, inside, tight and high. Most of the guys at Sunset have been riding bigger, longer boards and taking off way outside on the peak and fading into it, coming into the inside and setting it up. John John introduced a completely different approach to riding Sunset.”

If history plays any indication, Kelly Slater delivers his best surfing when he has a worthy adversary to compete against. And not since Andy Irons

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Billy Kemper is right at home in Sunset’s shifty lineup. Kemper had the biggest win of his career out at Sunset at the 2010 HIC Pro.

has Slater come up against a talent like John John Florence. So will Kelly finally compete at Sunset? One of Kelly’s closest here in Hawaii, Mark Cunningham, had this to say regarding the King and Sunset. “I don’t know. That’s a question for the ages. Why has he never won at Sunset? Obviously he’s been more focused on the Pipe, Backdoor, Off the Wall area. And he hasn’t applied himself to it. But, that is one of those things. It’s not gonna surprise me one bit if he comes and does the Triple Crown and wins all three events in a row. That could so easily happen. Kelly is long overdue for a full Triple Crown season. I’d love to see him do that. I’d love to see him win Sunset. We all know he is certainly capable. I hope he gets it. He seems to own every other competitive record there is in surfing. For him not to have a victory at Sunset, lets not say IF, its just WHEN.”

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” -Muhammad Ali


A true testament to progression, not more than a week prior to this day, 21 year old Albee Layer stomped the very first 720. On this day he stroked into some of the heaviest barrels anyone his age has ever seen. Photo: Heff

Only a few years ago Billy Kemper was making a name for himself as a rising new talent, shredding Maui hot dog waves at Hookipa and Honolua Bay. All things evolve. Including Bill. Photo: Heff

Keala Kennely had no problem proving that Jaws isn’t just for the boys. Keala along with Maui’s Paige Alms both paddled into numerous waves at this opening day at Jaws. Photo: Heff

Kai Lenny is world famous as a master SUP rider and all around waterman... He is an expert waverider and doesn’t mind throwing down when the surf gets massive. Need we say more? Photo: Heff

Some women prefer sunshine and surf to domestic chores and TV. Paige Alms hangs tough with the crew at Jaws on this epic day. Photo: Heff

Day 2 of the swell came with windier conditions, which made for trickier drops. Issac Stant about to be devoured by Jaws. Photo: Kottke / A-Frame

One of the most prepared big wave specialist, California’s Greg Long nabbed the longest barrel of the swell. Photo: Heff

Mark Healey has a knack for showing up any time the waves get over 20 ft. and was right at home on some of the biggest sets of the day. Photo: Heff




/ JOHN JOHN last seen in the HELM

Paddling Jaws means you may get caught inside Photo: Fred Pompermayer

Ski assist is essential and almost all big wave sessions these days have a water patrol in place. With someone watching their backs, today’s big wave surfers have the confidence to paddle deeper and push the limit further. Photo: Fred Pompermayer

Front row seating in the channel. Photo: Fred Pompermayer

No beach at Jaws, just plenty rocks and 6-8ft shorepound. Photo: Fred Pomperma

The boys celebrate an epic day of big wave riding. Photo: Heff

Twin brothers Shaun and DK Walsh run Skullbase water patrol, but always manage to get a few waves to themselves. Photo: Heff


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Waimea Windmills

Lauren Shanahan

Harnessing wind energy is happening in Hawaii, with massive white turbines sprouting up like giant angular daisies in familiar landscapes. Kawailoa Wind farm, located on the north shore, represents a vast leap in the state’s movement toward renewable energy and has many community members talking about the corruption of the view plains and sacredness of Waimea Valley. Already the largest wind farm in the state, Kawailoa Wind contains 30 wind turbine generators and will provide an estimated 5-10% of the island’s power. The farm also spans approximately five miles northeast of Haleiwa, overlooking one of Oahu’s most sacred locales, Waimea Valley.

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Kawailoa Wind aerial map of turbines #1-30

As a community of knowledgeable people, many north shore members support renewable energy and wind farms. The issue however, lies in the development location. Community member, Kamehameha Schools alumni, and native Hawaiian Kahokule‘a Haiku says that not only is Waimea Valley a sacred cultural landmark, but it’s also part of a conservation district, and he believes it is a national treasure. Endangered Hawaiian Moorhen, native bats and birds, migratory shorebirds, nearly 300 endangered plant species, and other fragile wildlife call this place home. “Either a place is sacred or it’s not,” says Haiku. “The sacredness, the value of it, places like Yosemite or Mount Fuji, companies would not even suggest putting them (wind turbines) in those areas… and Waimea Valley should be no different.”

The first people settled on Hawaiian soil between 400 and 900 A.D., and are believed to have sailed from the Marquesas Islands. Some landscapes within Hawaii were discovered to be better settlement areas than others for a variety of reasons; access to fresh water, fertile soil, nearby offshore fishing, and abundant wildlife all played key roles in the earliest Hawaiian village locations, and Waimea Valley provided all of these elements. The Valley and neighboring land was a place of worship and religious practice, sustenance and sacrifice, revered beauty. Even foreigners of that time saw the valley as more sacred than other sites on the island. Captain Cook’s crew set anchor in Waimea Bay in 1779 and second mate William Ellis painted Waimea Valley, depicting it as a blessed landscape. “It was a visual testimony that this area was sacred and important and more special than the other places,” explains Haiku.

Three heiau remain within the ahupua‘a (land division running from the mountains to the sea) of Waimea, one being the largest on Oahu, Puu o Mahuka. They attest to the burial grounds of the area and also to the cultural significance of ancient Hawaii (that continues to slowly deplete). The valley’s steep cliffs hold venerable burial caves, and fishing shrines are scattered along the valley entrance. Haiku believes that “once you start chipping away at the cultural and historical integrity, it becomes a slippery slope,” implying that the placement of the Kawailoa Wind turbines along the


Lauren Shanahan

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Waimea Valley ridge will inevitably lead to consequences, and may affect

she didn’t fully understand the intensity of the project. She believes

other small communities of Hawaii. Part of the frustration that community

there was a misrepresentation to the community on what the visual

members are feeling is due to their lack of leverage in the decision. “It’s

impact would be. “I like the concept of clean energy, so I give the

going to be there for twenty years, I think it’s too important of an issue to

project two thumbs up from that side. I think the beauty of nature is

not get full community input,” states Haiku. “If any community is in touch

something our community values, it’s a big deal, and to put up these

with their land, it’s the north shore.”

gigantic metal structures, well beyond the height of any building in the community, it certainly wasn’t what many of us were thinking

As landowner, Kamehameha Schools is leasing the property out to First


Wind, (a Boston-based wind energy company), as part of their master plan for the north shore. The Hawaiian law mandates that by the year

Although First Wind and Kamehameha Schools were available at

2030, 70% of the state’s energy needs to come from renewable sources,

meetings and to answer any questions, many were simply unclear

with 40% of electric sales coming from alternate sources as well, which

on just how the view plains would be affected. “Nobody got it,

explains the push for something big. Section 6.2 of the Kamehameha

until they went up, and then everyone was blown away,” reports

Schools (KS) Strategic Plan 2000-2015 states that KS plans to “manage

Philips. There seems to have been a major gap in communication

lands to protect and enhance ecosystems and the wahi ku¯puna (ancestral

between the project supporters and the community. “They’ve been

sites inclusive of all cultural resources and iwi) they contain”. Yet it seems

presenting this project to us for years, but it kept evolving, keeps

despite Waimea Valley’s sacredness, wildlife conservation district, and

changing… Everything seemed vague.” She continues on to describe

cultural significance, the construction of turbines along the valley ridge still

the disturbance of the view plains, and explains that she was not

happened, slipping right past the community members.

aware that the wind turbines would be visible from virtually every surf spot on the north shore.

Carol Philips, member of the North Shore Neighborhood Board, said the board voted near unanimously to support the Kawailoa Wind farm. First

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) spokesman Peter Rosegg

Wind and Kamehameha Schools made countless presentations on the

states that he sees wind turbines as “majestic symbols of our

development, and simulated photos were shown during these meetings

determination to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil

to give the members an approximate idea of what the project would look

and control as much as possible our energy future.” It’s easy,

like. Philips recalls, however, only one photo being shown, and states that

effortless even, to see harnessing wind as a graceful step in the continued on page 82


2013 is going to be a big year for the Verizon Hawaii Surf Team. Having won the 2012 Da Kine ISA World Junior Championships at Playa Venao in Panama this past April, the Verizon Hawaii Surf Team is in an unfamiliar position. After years of coming in 2nd and 3rd place, Team Hawaii is now the team to beat. And you can bet that the USA, Australia and Brazil teams will be gunning for Hawaii’s crown.

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Surf Team 2013 selection candidates.

Boys Under 18 Kain Daly 2/23/1995 Goofy footer from Ku`au, Maui Kain is a Hawaii Surf Team veteran. He is the highest placing U18 from the last ISA World Junior Games. The powerful Valley Isle surfer will be a legitimate threat to battle for the Gold in the prestigious Under 18 division. Good in slabbing conditions, Kain can also grind it out with the best of them in wind slop. Expect big things from Big Kain Daly.

Kaoliopuuwai (Kaoli) Kahokuloa 4/16/1995 Goofy footer from Moloka`i Kaoli isn’t your normal seventeen year old surfer. This humble high schooler is fluent in the Hawaiian language, has 10 younger siblings, and he also happens to be one of the best aerial surfers of his generation. Kaoli is poised for a huge result at the next ISA World Junior Games. Watch out for this lightening surfer.

Kaimana Kinimaka 6/20/1995 Regular footer from Kahului, Maui Kaimana Kinimaka is a hard working surfer from the Valley Isle. With a name that means “Spirit of the Sea,” Kaimana was practically guaranteed to become a talented surfer. Kinimaka also comes from a renowned family of Hawaiian watermen. With hard work and determination, Kaimana could turn heads in Nicaragua this next July.

Josh Moniz 6/27/1996 Regular footer from Honolulu, Hawaii Josh Moniz is a talented surfer who has honed his extensive aerial game out at Kewalos. And with 3 brothers and a sister that all surf really, really well, Josh is always pushing the limits of his surfing. Josh is a veteran of the Hawaii Surf Team placing 4th last year in the Under 16 Boys final.

Alex Pendleton 4/22/1996 Goofy footer from South Shore, Oahu Alex Pendleton has grown up surfing Kaiser Bowl. While Alex might just be a Zen master with his ability to stay positive around all the chaos, Kaiser’s has instilled a scrappiness to this young surfer that could be the recipe for creating a competitive juggernaut.

Koa Smith 1/2/1995 Goofy footer from North Shore, Kauai Koa Smith is a hyper talented surfer that has shown flashes of pure brilliance over the past 2 winters. When the conditions get wild, Koa comes into his own. While this hasn’t always spilled over into the competitive side of surfing, Koa is one of the most talented surfers in Hawaii. A member of the past 3 Hawaii Surf Team excursions and a bronze medalist in New Zealand, 2013 could be the year Koa pulls it all together to win gold.

Boys Under 16 Lucas Angulo 4/12/1997 Regular footer from Hanalei, Kaua`i Angulo hails from the Hawaiian Island’s most blessed surf island. Raised on the same reefs and beachbreaks that his hero AI grew up surfing, Lucas is focused on having fun with his surfing and doing well in school. Just don’t ask Lucas where his favorite surf spot is, because like every good Kaua`i surfer knows, its always a secret.

Kaulana Apo 4/9/1998 Goofy footer from Ewa Beach Having honed his polished surf style on the rippable peaks of Kewalo Basin, Kaulana Apo is quickly headed for big things. And it might not just be surfing. Kaulana is focused on doing well in school, and is interested in art. While a lot of junior surfers have one track minds, Kaulana is a unique and creative talent.

Kalani David 11/4/1997 Regular-footer from Sunset Beach, Oahu In his first year competing on the Hawaii Surf Team, Kalani captured individual gold by winning the Under 16 Division. This versatile surfer took to the air in Panama, waxing the competition with a steady combination of full rotors and air reverses on the punchy rights. Be sure to watch Kalani to repeat the magic.

Imaikalani DeVault 11/12/1997 Regular footer from Makawao, Maui Imaikalani DeVault is an explosive surfer that has already been gathering comparisons to fellow Maui surfer Dusty Payne. Raised on the windy peaks of Ho`okipa, Imai has made a name for himself as a freesurfer. Yet, Imai can back it up in a singlet, and DeVault winning the 2011 Hawaii State Surfing Championships proves that point.

Elijah Gates 3/27/1997 Regular footer from Makakilo, Oahu For being such a young surfer, Elijah Gates is already a well versed competitor. Having grown up in a contest singlet, Gates has already become quite the competitive smashing machine. Elijah has become lethal out at Kewalo Basin, one of his favorite breaks, and seems to always be winning events at the spot.

Joey Johnston 10/2/1997 Regular footer from Velzyland, Oahu Joey Johnston is always stoked. Raised on the perfect rights of V-Land, Joey has crafted a smooth surfing style that is polished yet explosive. Active in other sports, Joey has been pushing himself, and his abilities, against all the top surfers here in Hawaii. He will shine in big surf!

Dylan Lehmann 9/21/1998 Goofy footer from Lahaina, Maui Dylan Lehmann runs to the beat of his own drum. This young Maui surfer talks with fishes and surfs better than most men. Already a well traveled surfer and not yet 16, Lehmann is an explosive surfing package. He charges and knows how to take a risk. This ability makes Dylan a dangerous talent.

Finnegan Thunders McGill 4/12/00 Regular Footer from Pupukea, North Shore, Oahu Finn McGill is all power. With a background in skating he knows how to mix it up. It seems that Finn already has more wins than some professionals twice his age. Finn has honed his skills surfing the perfect peaks at V-Land. With a full repertoire of aerial maneuvers and incredible tube riding prowess, Finn is destined to become a top junior surfer.

Noa Mizuno 12/6/98 Goofy footer from Honolulu, Hawaii Noa has proven with his explosive surfing that he has the potential to become a great surfer. With great results at this past summers US Championships, he is more driven than ever. The big winter in front of him is set to elevate his game to new heights.

Seth Moniz 9/8/1997 Regular footer from Honolulu, Hawaii The youngest Moniz just might be one of the best tube riders his age in the world. Having already won his fair share of contests, Seth is looking to compete again in 2013 for the Hawaii Surf Team. Armed with natural talent and competitive drive, Seth is poised for big things.

Girls Under 18 Kiana Fores 3/23/1996 Goofy footer from Kilauea, Kaua`i Surfing on the North Shore of Kauai will hone your wave riding skills like no other place in the world, and Kiana Fores is proof of it. Kiana is an A student at Kapa`a High School as well as a dynamic and beautiful surfer that competes in a singlet well. Always smiling she lifts everyone around her.

Maluhia Kinimaka 10/2/1996 Regular footer from Anahola, Kaua`i The Kinimaka family is packed with tons of gifted surfers, none more so than Maluhia. Blessed with natural talent on a surfboard, it will be exciting to see Maluhia channel her explosive surfing into some competitive results. She is an artist in many ways and surfing is one of her ways of showcasing it.

Bailey Nagy 2/4/1996 Regular footer from North Shore, Oahu Bailey Nagy has grown up surfing the ever changing waves at Sunset Beach. Her experience at Sunset has led to a style that has plenty of carves and a lot of flow. Linking together classic power turns, this former Hawaii Surf Team member has been making significant strides in her big wave surfing as well as new found competitive savvy.

Tatiana Weston-Webb 5/9/1996 Goofy-footer from Kaua`i, Hawaii Tatiana Weston-Webb hails from the North Shore of Kaua`i, and is an insanely talented surfer. Tati just plain charges and won the Women’s Pipe Event at the tender age of 14. Already a Hawaii Surf Team veteran, Tatiana channels her free surfing repertoire into her contest surfing. This current US and National Champ is one of the best there is, period.

Girls Under 16 Dax Mcgill 3/11/1998 Goofy-footer from Pupukea, Oahu Not many 14-year-olds can say they are already the defending ISA World Junior Champion, yet Dax McGill can proudly lay claim to that distinction. With drive and determination way beyond her years, Dax McGill has the makings of a future surf star.

Brisa Hennessy 9/16/1999 Regular footer from Kailua, Oahu Born and raised in the tropical paradise of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, Brisa has always lived near good waves. Quality waves have already polished this young surfer’s style way beyond her years, and as of late Brisa has gotten extremely focused on improving her competitive surfing knowledge. Brisa surfs with speed and hits it hard.

Mainei Aloha Kinimaka 4/15/1998 Regular-footer from Anahola, Kaua’i Mainei Kinimaka is a young, dynamic ripper from the Garden Isle of Kauai. Hailing from a deep Hawaiian surfing family, Mainei is developing into a fierce competitor. She is a talented surfer who draws unique lines in the perfect surf she calls home. Her flare is setting her apart.

Mahina Maeda 2/15/1998 Goofy-footer from Sunset Beach, Oahu Sunset is a tricky wave, especially on your backhand. This might very well explain why at such a young age, Mahina Maeda has already become such a versatile and talented surfer. Mahina is a straight A student and a seasoned competitor that already owns two national titles. Having taken bronze at the last ISA, you can expect some more huge results from Mahina.

Honolua Blomfield 2/5/1999 Regular footer from Alligator Rock, Oahu This young Hawaiian surfer is an extremely well-rounded surfer. Equally as adept on a longboard as she is on a shortboard, Honolua has a smooth surfing style that is all her own. With a 2nd at the US Championships, Honolua has the potential for some big wins in her future.


Rainos Hayes

Bert Ishimaru

Kahea Hart

We are grateful for all we have. Getting to

It’s exciting being a part of the Hawaii Surf Team

The last five years it’s been an honor to be

work with some of Hawaii’s most talented

because you are able to work with generation

an assistant coach for the Hawaii Surf Team.

youth is a gift. Our goal as a team is to work

next and the level of JR surfing continues to

This is a great program that we have every

efficiently and be as cohesive as ever. Lots

go through the roof year after year. Each trip

year working with the kids to go overseas and

of changes in age, experience, and the game

is so special because we as coaches get the

spread the Aloha Spirit. It is quite an honor

itself will demand we rise to occasion. More

opportunity to help these young Hawaiian

and huge accomplishment for us to stand on

is being asked of everyone in the world

surfers mature into future professional careers.

the podium so many years. Hopefully next

constantly, so simplifying our process and

year we have a repeat and bring back the gold.

making sure that unity comes first is key.

Moving forward to build this program, I feel

They say it takes a village to raise all these

it can be bigger and better. We hope to honor

kids. That’s the mission at hand and so its

the state of Hawaii and represent it proudly

time to dig deep!

as a nation because we are the birthplace and home of surfing. Aloha.

Visit us online and follow us on Facebook Please watch us live at or Keep your eyes peeled for Hawaii Surf Team sightings during the Triple Crown! Careful, coming soon to a beach near you!

The Hawaii Team’s victory has also spurred a renewed interest in the team. Twenty-four junior surfers are vying to make the 2013 squad, with only 12 slots. Over the past 2 months the team has held a series of sparring sessions around the island of Oahu to help choose the team.

2013 Schedule The “ 2013 ISA World Junior Championships “ will be held this coming year in Nicaragua during the month of July. Exact location and dates to be announced!

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If you need proof that the youth is setting a freakishly advanced standard for surfing, look no further than Moana Jones. Her polished style and solid fundamentals separate her from the rest, and her ohana support system seems to create a loving, stress-free foundation that promotes her success. Born and raised on the north shore of Oahu, making teenage hood this year, and proving herself as a junior threat, (check out her recent accomplishments at the bottom!) Moana’s name has generated a buzz.



She rips

You might be wondering why this ehu haired surfer girl is progressing at such a whirlwind rate. And while she believes that everyone has their own unique surfing advantages, Moana seems to be one of the very blessed. Her family lives along one of the best localized breaks on the north shore, which allows her plenty of practice time after she finishes her home schooling studies. This flexible schedule lets her compete in cold waters one weekend, and be back in Hawaii for the next, which gives Moana the opportunity to compete against an array of surfers. Weekly gymnastics as cross training also gives her a one-up by keeping her flexible and in strong shape. (Not to mention transitioning those backflips and aerial cartwheeling from the gym into the water).

Moana possesses a naturally happy way about her, perhaps coming from her gracious parents, or perhaps from her positive outlook on life. Either way, this deceivably petite surfer gave Freesurf some insight into her surfing career thus far, and we’re beyond impressed.

On her biggest accomplishment: “I’m most proud of the Ehukai Junior Pro. I didn’t make the finals on that one but it was really scary and big and I’m just happy I made it to the semi and didn’t get scared.”

On her ohana: “My biggest supporters are my mom, my dad, my sister, my family. All my friends, and I couldn’t do anything without God. And Billabong of course, and all my sponsors...”John Pyzel is making my boards and they help me rip.” Sponsors: Billabong, North Shore Surf Shop, Up & Riding, Pyzel Surfboards

On her future goals: “I’m trying to work on doing better in Junior Pros and making finals and doing better, charging more. Trying to do airs and stuff, just trying…“My ultimate goal as a surfer is to do the best I can, try to do the best I can in every contest…“I want to make the world tour really bad, I hope one day I will make it.”

On surfing, the good and the bad: “Surfing became a part of my lifestyle because it was part

She Rips

of my parents, so it just kind of fell into mine too…“I tried a lot of different hobbies but they all fell apart and surfing just stayed there so I know surfing is my favorite and will always be…“The hardest part about being in the competitive surf industry is it’s hard because the waves always change. It’s not like tennis or any other sport, surfing is never the same, the waves are never the same, you have to adapt… “There’s so many best parts about being a surfer girl on the north shore of Oahu. There’s so many different reasons, but the waves are always super fun no matter how small or how big it is. If it’s small we usually longboard, if it’s big, we just go on the inside and body surf. It’s just the best thing ever, really fun.”

On the competition: “I think there’s definitely different advantages for me growing up out here, but California girls are pretty gnarly too. They surf Lowers and Seaside and everything, that’s kind of like this (the north shore). I think we all

She Rips have different advantages and different surf”…”I always look up to the older girls & boys. Ever since I was little I would always be like, its John John or Carissa or CoCo, I definitely look up to them; I respect my NSSA competitors and its fun going against all of them… “Competing in Hawaii and California is lots of fun and I enjoy the competition and all the different people I go against.”

On the waves: “The biggest wave I ever caught before was probably like 6-8 feet maybe…“My scariest moment out in the water was probably at the Pipeline Junior Pro. It was at Ehukai and I dropped in on this set that I probably shouldn’t have went for, and it just exploded behind me and I kicked out, and I was like, no! And then this huge set of the day just comes in and breaks right on top of me, and I just got worked by six waves. I’m surprised my board didn’t break or anything, and I just washed up on the beach and was like, I’m alive! I was all dizzy and just happy to be alive.”

Advice: “When you come to the north shore, you gotta respect everybody. Don’t just try to snake everybody and burn the uncles. Just show respect and everybody will love you.”

Spoken like a true local, Moana Jones exemplifies the spirit of surfing. Dedicated, extremely talented, and just plain stoked, this humble little goofy foot ripper is defying the surfing standard and enchanting the industry.

Recent accomplishments: • Won back-to-back heats in two divisions at the NSSA Sunset Beach contest (Explorer Girls and Explorer Womens) this October. • Received NSSA “Surfer of the Week” honors at the aforementioned Sunset Beach contest. • Another double win in NSSA Explorer Womens and Explorer Girls division in Lahaina, this September. • Won both Open Girls and Open Womens divisions for the first contest of the 2012/2013 NSSA season at Huntington Beach Pier in September. • Received NSSA “Surfer of the Week” honors at the aforementioned Southwest Open Season opener. • 4th in 2012 HIC Pro Junior Womens at Queens • 1st in the Volcom Search 2011 @ Maili Point • 1st in 2010/2011 season NSSA Explorer Womens • 1st in 2010/2011 season HSA Girls 11 & under

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Waimea Windmills

When asked if Kawailoa Wind project supporters had possibly

Community Plan, which KS honors, states that the plan is to maintain

states, “No, I think they had a deal, this is just a business deal. I don’t

“the rural character, agricultural lands open space, natural environment,

think they, like the rest of us, anticipated what they would look like

recreational resources and natural beauty of Oahu’s northern coast.”

when they went up. I can’t imagine they would have agreed to it.” Many

Kamehameha Schools has been a large contributor in the wind farm

north shore community members believe that the turbines directly along

developments however, with an array of online documents stating

the Waimea Valley ridge should be taken down and removed. A meeting

the Mission and Strategic Plan beginning back in 2000 and the North

was held on October 23rd at the Haleiwa Elementary School addressing

Shore Master Plan in 2008. Kawailoa Wind simply became part of the

this topic. Community members, First Wind and Kamehameha Schools


representatives, and the North Shore Neighborhood Board were all

continued from page 62 environmental direction. The City and Council of Honolulu Sustainable

overlooked the cultural significance of Waimea Valley, Carol Philips

present, and the meeting lasted until 9:45pm. People were allowed First Wind spokesmen John Lamontagne and Kekoa Kaluhiwa state

to vent, concerns were voiced, and finally the idea was proposed to

that the community was involved in two very important aspects of

write a letter to Governor Abercrombie propositioning that the turbines

the project. Fewer turbine towers going up (“when the original plans

along the ridge be taken down. The decision was put in the hands of the

included an alternative layout of 46 turbines”) and “mitigating turbines

Neighborhood Board, but only five members voted in favor of the letter.

in the view plane from Waimea Bay (an initial layout alternative included

Unfortunately, no action will take place regarding the Waimea Valley

four turbines closer to Waimea Bay that were removed)” were ideas

ridge turbines.

integrated into the final project. Lamontagne and Kaluhiwa also say that updates, meetings, annual newsletters, and development progress

Because of this, we recommend taking a tour of Kawailoa Wind to better

were all ways in which they involved the public, with community

understand the reasoning behind the development. The turbines are

outreach beginning back in 2010.

here to stay for twenty years, and although they will eventually become an everyday sight for north shore community members, for some, they

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) can be found online

will never be accepted.

at: Online_Library/Oahu/2010s/2011-07-08-FEIS-Kawailoa-Wind-Farm.pdf. It details the extensive research that not only assessed the cultural

N e w s & E v ent s

and environmental impacts of Kawailoa Wind, but also explains the history, cultural value, and significance of the land from pre-contact years to present day. Lamontagne and Kaluhiwa state, “First Wind is aware and deeply respectful of the historical and cultural significance of Waimea Valley.” The EIS also states, “Although the project cannot be implemented in a way that entirely avoids all potential cultural impacts, particularly those related to cultural beliefs, the goal is to develop and operate the project in a way that is respectful to Hawai‘i’s unique cultural and natural resources while also contributing to the local community where the project is located, so as to balance any perceived negative effects”.

In response to the view plains being affected by the turbines, the EIS reports that “there are no additional measures that could reasonably be implemented to further reduce the potential visual impacts; given the large scale of wind turbines, a certain degree of impacts is unavoidable. In general, the greatest number of wind turbines would be potentially visible”. Aerial images of the turbines can be viewed in the EIS (and in this article) and clearly depict turbine placement, from turbine #1-30. Turbine #4-14 are placed along Waimea ridge, dangerously close to the valley. Wind turbines now affect a once natural view, however this sight remains subjective. 82

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Tame Impala Perth’s favorite son(s) Tame Impala have just released their second album Lonerism. Psychedelic grooves abound in this follow up to their debut EP InnerSpeaker, which just happened to be named the 2011 album of the year by Rolling Stone.

Tame Impala is the brainchild of musician Kevin Parker. While Tame Impala performs as a five piece band all around the world, in actuality the band is a solo project. Kevin Parker wrote, played every instrument, and produced Lonerism himself. Parker describes Tame Impala’s sound as “psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music.” Lonerism was recorded over two years, one in Perth and one in Paris, in a process that Parker says, “drove him a bit insane.” The insanity spawned some psychedelic dream pop, with pop hooks that would have Lennon and McCarthey jealous with envy.

Parker has crafted a homage of sounds from 60s and 70s era bands and turned them on their head to create a unique blend of futuristic rock. And Parker’s vocal comparisons to John Lennon cannot be ignored. The track “Be Above It” is rooted by driving percussion with a slow, flowing lyrical melody that could stand alone as a quiet ballad. “Why Won’t They Talk To Me” and “It Feels Like I Only Go Backwards” are both dreamy expressions of sadness and loneliness. But Tame Impala can rock too. “Elephant” is a bruising rock anthem that fans of The Mars Volta, Death From Above 1979, or Wolf Parade will love.

Many of the tracks on Lonerism could be what The Beatles may have recorded if they made an entire album based on the song “Tomorrow Never Knows” from Revolver. Tame Impala is currenyly embarking on a global tour in support of Lonerism. Don’t miss it! - Jordon Cooper In d u s t r y N o te s

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Freesurf November 2012  
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Freesurf Magazine Volume 9, Number 11