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Volume 10 Number 8


in Hawaii

#stillfree Surfer: Matt Meola Photo: DJ Struntz / A-frame

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ISA Hawaii Junior World Team veteran Koa Smith is a standout in most any conditions. Known for charging hard and for his flair and panache, Koa Smith has helped propel the Hawaii team for the last four years. Although we are excited to see him take his heat game to the World Tour, he will be missed, as this year marked his last as a representative of the Verizon Wireless Hawai’i Surf Team. Mahalo Koa. Photo: Tweddle / ISA


Cover Story


Matt Meola #Stillfree #Stillfree after 13 years, we at Freesurf magazine are extremely stoked that we have been able to put out a fun, free, quality surf magazine for this long. We are hugely thankful to all our advertisers who have been very supportive in making this dream possible. This month’s cover features the fine handy work of free surfer, Matt Meola. After being dissatisfied with the contest scene at a young age, Matt decided to leave the stress behind and become a free surfer. He put his talents toward nailing crazy video clips, which led him to enter Taylor Steele’s Innersection video contest in 2011. He took the victory cake and enshrined ‘Matt Meola’ as a household name in the surfing world. But don’t be fooled, this hippyflipster is not only an air connoisseur. This past winter, he was part of one of the biggest paddle-in days in recent memory, grabbing one of the rides of the year, on one of the biggest lefts ever ridden at Jaws. But behind all that brawn and Maui-pidgin, Matt Meola is just another humble testament to success. Free from burdens of competition and striving for the things that he loves, this Maui boy rises above despite what obstacles are thrown. No matter what you do, do what makes you happy. That, along with Freesurf magazine will always be... #stillfree.


-Chris Latronic

Table of Contents Departments


Free Parking


Grom Report


Cover Story


She RipsIndustry Notes


Editor’s Note


Industry Notes


News & Events


Event Calendar



Last Look




ISA World Junior Championships




Spotlight: Josh Moniz



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Editor’s Note

Tweddle / ASP

A Mid-Summer Beginning Aloha! July has come and passed and we are progressively making our way through another summer in fine form with plenty fun waves here at home. The longer days and endless sunshine makes being in Hawaii hard to beat. Summer is also one of the best times to venture off in search of foreign surf wonders; Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico, Central America, wherever… There are a number of different destinations waiting for you to enjoy with waves that are well worth the trip. For me, I had the pleasure of following the Hawaii team as they implemented their championship game plan to the ISA global stage. The Hawaii juniors once again puddle-jumped to another country in defense of their golden world title. This time, the international athletes focused on Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua where their famed off shore wind conditions provided a perfect backdrop for the juniors to shine their brightest. The full story is inside, along with a spotlight interview with the second to youngest Moniz kid, Josh. He was nice enough to share with us how he succeeded down the road to ISA gold in the heavily competitive 18 & Under Boys division. In other news, something huge happened in my life just recently. A new, healthy baby boy was brought into this world on July 6th, 2013. My first child, Luke Michael Kaimalino Latronic is the newest little member to the Freesurf team. As a new father, I feel an incredible sense of new responsibilities and opportunities. It’s been a magical first few weeks of parenthood and aside from the no sleep and constant diaper changes, I couldn’t be more happy with my new role in life. Whenever I look into my son’s eyes I can’t help but ponder the ways I could make this little guy’s life the best it could possibly be. I can’t wait to get him in the ocean. I apologize for the sudden interlude to talk about my newborn son, but I guess it’s part of a new father’s innate intuition to innocently embarrass his child whenever he can… with huge amounts of love of course. Luke Latronic, if you read this in the future, “I am your FATHER!” and I’m not sorry :) xoxo

- Ecstatic new Dad, Chris Latronic


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Going the Distance with The Olamau Race Olamau Race is the ultimate unlimited Outrigger Canoe Challenge in Hawaii. It is a 100-mile race that takes place over three consecutive days in June, with a $50,000 prize purse. Held entirely on the Big Island, competitors gather with team members to test their endurance in the rain, wind and high surf. There are no length, weight or design restrictions on the canoes, however no sails or any other artificial means of propulsion are allowed. Nineteen crews paddled for three days and covered more than 100 miles of Big Island coastline, beginning in Laupahoehoe and skirting the northern rim of the island before winding up in Kona.

Surfing America USA Championships, Lower Trestles, California - June 18-22, 2013

Highlighting the summer conditions at California’s Lower Trestles, Surfing America’s mission was to put on a competitive show to merit the best junior surfers in the nation. Advancing the image of surfing in the USA and providing an awesome experience for all participants, Surfing America USA Championships was a huge success. And here are the top 4 boys and girls who placed:


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The top athletes from three surf organizations are fed into Surfing America USA Championships including the Western Surfing Association, the National Scholastic Surfing Association, Hawaiian Surfing Association and the Atlantic Surfing Federation.

Mahina Maeda, girls under 16 National Champion.

Boys U18 Final 1. Taylor Clark, CA 2. Cameron Richards, SC 3. Kanoa Igarashi, CA 4. Parker Coffin, CA

Boys U14 Final 1. Cole Houshmand, CA 2. Noah Hill, CA 3. Luke Gordon, CA 4. Cody Young, HI

Girls U18 Final 1. Nikki Viesins, FL 2. Tatiana Weston-Webb, HI 3. Dax McGill, HI 4. Mahina Maeda, HI

Girls U14 Final 1. Brisa Hennessy, HI 2. Honolua Blomfield, HI 3. Summer Macedo, HI 4. Brittany Penroza, CA

Boys U16 Final 1. Griffin Colapinto, CA 2. Colton Ward, CA 3. Jacob Davis, CA 4. Nolan Rapoza, CA

Boys U12 Final 1. Noah Hill, CA 2. Wyatt McHale, HI 3. Reef Tsutsui, HI 4. Kade Matson, CA

Girls U16 Final 1. Mahina Maeda, HI 2. Tia Blanco, CA 3. Kahanu Delovio, HI 4. Meah Collins, CA

Girls U12 Final 1. Caroline Marks, CA 2. Kirra Pinkerton, CA 3. Tiare Thompson, CA 4. Gabriella Bryan, HI


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Surf N Sea Swim Series Wrap-up Oahu’s seven-mile miracle was the stage for the 25th Annual North Shore Swim Series this summer. This premiere open water festival is presented by Surf N Sea and is open to all ages and ability levels. Comprised of four swims along Oahu’s fabled North Shore, each leg varies in length and location. Culminating with the longest and most prestigious event of the series, the Jamba Juice North Shore Challenge had competitors swimming from Ehukai Beach Park to Waimea Bay, a 2.3-mile swim. Preceding this event was the JACO Chun’s to Waimea Bay Swim and the Cholo’s Waimea Bay Swim, with the Aloha Salads Summer Sprint as the kick off in late June. With clear waters and blue skies, swimmers enjoyed a refreshing challenge in ideal Pacific Ocean conditions.

Da Hui Paddle Race Culminated in Fireworks Primo Beer teamed up with Da Hui O He’e Nalu to present the 35th annual Da Hui Paddle Race on July 4, 2013. One of the largest SUP races in the world, 548 competitors raced 7 miles from Turtle Bay to Waimea Bay. The event offered a variety of competitive divisions and dished out $6,000 in prizes. Turtle Bay even hosted a Post-Race Pa’ina to celebrate the fourth; featuring tons of ono food, live music, the Primo Beer Garden, an SUP expo, crafts for the keiki, and a firework show to close the event. Go to to learn more about the event, check results, purchase official race gear and sign up for next year.

News & Events

Kalani David taking flight at Huntington Beach.

2013 NSSA National Open Championships Photos: Quinn Matthews The most prestigious amateur event in the US, the National Scholastic Surfing Association’s Championships centered around the famous pier in Huntington Beach, an epic venue for the top amateurs to show the nation what they are made of. With some of the world’s top juniors in attendance, the competition was fierce to say the least. Here are the complete results: OPEN MENS (ages 16 & up) MAYORS CUP 1. Taylor Clark-Encinitas, CA 14.54 2. Seth Moniz-Honolulu, HI 13.59 3. Josh Moniz-Honolulu, HI 9.00 OPEN WOMENS (all ages) MAYORS CUP 1. Dax McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 10.70 2. Bailey Nagy-Haleiwa, HI 10.17 3. Tia Blanco-San Clemente, CA 8.13 OPEN JUNIORS (ages 15 & under) 1. Seth Moniz-Honolulu, HI 15.50 2. Imaikalani DeVault-Kulu, HI 9.44 3. Colt Ward-San Clemente, CA 4.07 OPEN BOYS (ages 12 & under) 1. Finn McGill-Sunset Beach, HI 14.83 2. Barron Mimiya-Waialua, HI 12.10 3. Eithan Osborne-Ventura, CA 10.40

Seth Moniz had a great showing at this year’s NSSA Nationals

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OPEN MINI GROMS (ages 10 & under) 1. Tommy Coleman-Vero Beach, FL 16.10 2. Tony Nunez-Lahaina, HI 8.10 3. Kade Matson-San Clemente 7.57

EXPLORER BOYS (ages 14 & under) 1. Griffin Colapinto-San Clemente, CA 16.57 2. Jake Marshall-Encinitas, CA 14.63 3. Kaunaloa Ng-Kailua Kona, HI 12.70

OPEN GIRLS (ages 14 & under) 1. Moana Jones-Sunset Beach, HI 11.77 2. Brisa Hennessy-Kailua, HI 11.24 3. Mainei Kinimaka-Anahola, HI 9.64

EXPLORER MENEHUENE (ages 12 & under) 1. Barron Mamiya-Waialua, HI 13.40 2. Nick Marshall-Encinitas, CA 13.36 3. Robbie McCormick-Flagler Beach, FL 9.00

OPEN LONGBOARD (all ages) 1. Fisher Grant-Winter Park, FL 13.83 2. Honolua Blomfield-Haleiwa, HI 10.10 3. Jazmine Dean-St. Augustine, FL 7.86

EXPLORER SUPER GROMS (ages 10 & under) 1. Tommy Coleman-Vero Beach, FL 12.03 2. Sammy Gray-Hanalei, HI 11.47 3. Tony Nunez-Lahaina, HI 9.23

2013 NATIONAL EXPLORER CHAMPIONSHIPS EXPLORER MENS (all ages) 1. Kalani David-Sunset Beach, HI 15.44 2. Daniel Glenn-New Smyrna Beach, FL 12.50 3. Cole Yamakawa-Honolulu, HI 11.80

EXPLORER WOMENS (all ages) 1. Moana Jones-Sunset Beach, HI 18.17 2. Bailey Nagy-Haleiwa, HI 12.77 3. Chelsea Tuach-San Clemente, CA 11.13

EXPLORER JUNIORS (ages 17 & under) 1. Jake Marshall-Encinitas, CA 14.97 2. Imaikalani DeVault-Maui 13.76 3. Josh Moniz-Honolulu, HI 12.16

EXPLORER GIRLS (ages 14 & under) 1. Moana Jones-Sunset Beach, HI 14.37 2. Mahina Maeda-Sunset Beach, HI 13.56 3. Mainei Kinimaka-Anahola, HI 12.50

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News & Events

Seth Moniz launches on a fun size Kewalos right bowl.

Rip Curl Gromsearch at Kewalos Shows Off Talent On a Sunday in July, the Rip Curl Grom Search series was host to 84 competitors between the ages of 8 to 16 at Kewalo Basin on Oahu’s south shore. Tradewinds were howling as the young groms enjoyed vintage 2-3 foot ‘Walos all day, allowing for long connectable lefts and show stopping air comp abilities on the rights. Victors were gifted National invite spots and cash money. Hawaii’s best groms from across the Islands showed up to do work. Great job to all the competitors and congratulations to the winners, check them out below. Boys 16 Under 1st – Seth Moniz 2nd – Dorian Blanchard 3rd – Cole Alves 4th – Elijah Gates

Girls 16 Under 1st – Dax McGill 2nd – Brisa Hennessy 3rd – Brittany Penaroza 4th – Summer Macedo 5th – Kealohi Sabate 6th – Julie Nishimoto

Boys 14 Under 1st – Kaulana Apo 2nd – Noa Mizuno 3rd – Barron Mimiya 4th – Loa Ng

Boys 12 Under 1st – Wyatt McHale 2nd – Cole Alves 3rd – Reef Tsutsui 4th – Dylan Franzman

Rich Success at Arnette Cashpot at Ala Moana Bowls

Chris Latronic

The third stop of the Cash Pot Surf Series landed at Ala Moana Bowls, Oahu’s south shore wave. The conditions were sunny and clean in the very contestable 2 to 3 feet. A big local turn out last year stoked out Arnette so much, they were convinced to expand the event one more day, making this the first ever two-day Cash Pot event. With over $3,000 in cash to win and free entry, surfers had every good reason to try their luck. Here are the results:


Pro- Am 1. Kekoa Bacalso 2. Kekoa Cazimero 3. Macy Mullen 4. Randall Paulson

16 and Under 1. Seth Moniz 2. Kaulana Apo 3. Noa Mizuno 4. Imai Kalani DeVault




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DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship Presented by Billabong

By Chris Latronic

Offshore just about every day, Nicaragua was a welcome venue for this year’s ISA Junior event.

Nicaragua was host to a gathering of nearly 300 of the world’s best young surfers, all vying for national pride and prestige in this year’s ‘Olympics’ of surfing. Tola, Nicaragua provided the site which graciously hosted this year’s junior‘Olympics’ of surfing, the International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championships 2013. For those living on a rock or in one, Nicaragua is a Central American country located in the Tropic of Cancer region of the northern hemisphere, and sits in between Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. The landscape consists mostly of hilly wetlands, barb wired farm enclosures, unfinished roads and numerous active volcanoes. With plenty of rain, heat and volcanic ash enriched soil, Nicaragua is the perfect natural climate for thriving biodiversity. Plenty of fresh fruit, fish, shrimp, lobster, and bacon. A fitting environment to watch the enriched youth surfers of the world challenge their wits for global glory.

Before the competition commenced, the 30 teams and 300 competitors paraded through the streets of San Juan del Sur, which were filled with hundreds of locals in support and an array of cultural renditions. The celebration climaxed with the Sands of the World ceremony. Junior representatives from each surfing nation walked on stage, waved their national flag and poured sand from their local surf break into one glass container; A great symbol that portrays the peaceful gathering of nations united by the love of surfing. It was truly a proud moment for the morale of surfing worldwide. After that inspiring presentation, everyone was pumped to go surfing and get the competition rolling. The ISA arena was erected in the middle of the pristine Nicaraguan black sand beach of

Playa Jiquiliste. With only dirt road accessibility, it was quite an experience to even get to the place. But after a few shuffles on the iTunes and a dozen small river crossings you find Rancho Santana and the majestic coastline. A light, silty, pebble sand beach break fed by two estuaries and a high tide flux of 8 to 10 feet. Add light off shores and 4-foot swells, and you’ve got a perfect canvas etched with scoring potential. The waves were plentiful and every team had opportune practice time before the big show. The 2013 Dakine ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is not just any regular ASP event. It’s an 8-day double elimination competition, with the first two surfers always advancing to the next Qualifying Round. Third and fourth place competitors move into the

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Josh Moniz, Under 18 Boys gold medalist.

Mahina Maeda dominated the Girls Under 16 final, taking home her first ISA Gold medal.

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Australian Soli Bailey was a big threat at the event, challenging Josh in the Under 18 final.


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Japan’s Reo Inaba was exciting to watch, making it all the way to the Under 16 Boys final.

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Oahu’s Elijah Gates, stoked to be bringing his talents to the ISA level for the first time.

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Oahu’s Kaulana Apo had a good freshmen showing at this year’s event in the Under 16 division. Repechage Round, giving them a second chance to advance. However, another third or fourth place finish, and they will be eliminated from competition. The Hawaii Team was going in as the defending champions with hungry opponents like Australia, France and USA quick on their tail and eager to go all-in for gold. But despite the menacing field, the Hawaii Juniors were the top seeds and that lead didn’t change until the business end in the last few days of competition. With his last year at the ISA Junior show, Hawaii team goofy footer and #1 seed in the 18 & Under division, Koa Smith was looking in fine form to take it all. It wasn’t until a difficult situation revealed itself in the form of a threeman heat involving Koa sandwiched between two of the best Aussie team surfers, Soli Bailey and Luke Hynd. In no other competition have I seen such a tag team strategy executed to it’s fullest. Usually in an ASP event, it’s normal to be sat on by an opponent. But not two. Throughout the heat, Luke and Soli collaboratively traded off riding the best waves while the other sat on Koa. Although it looked ugly to the core, their actions were legal and the Aussie’s succeeded in taking down

one of Hawaii’s biggest threats. Sending the defending champs a serious message that they came to win, by any means necessary. Not to be out done, Team Hawaii fought back to balance the pendulum in a later repo heat where Josh Moniz and Kaoli Kahokuloa matched up with lone Aussie Eli Steele. Using the sentiment, “treat others how you want

to be treated,” Hawaii countered with the exact same strategy used on Koa (Smith). Paddling the young Aussie out of position and into fatigue. Flustered and outnumbered, Eli Steele (AUS) decided to retire from the heat early paddling onto the rocks and strolling in. But when it was all said and done, good sportsmanship prevailed as they all shook hands and congratulated each other after the heat.

Throughout the Boys 16 & Under division, competition was fierce. All the Hawaii boys made a number of good heats. A memorable moment was during a last ditch effort by Kaulana Apo in an almost fatal repechage round. Needing a big score in the last few minutes to stay alive, Kaulana Apo stayed patient and confident and found a nice inside wave to connect a 9-point combination allowing him to advance on. Seth Moniz was on a tear throughout the whole contest, but was cut short by a controversial paddling interference call during a crucial repechage round dropping him from an advancing 2nd position to 3rd. Going into the final day, Hawaii lost many of their star athletes including Koa Smith, Kain Daly, Kaoli Kahokuloa, Bailey Nagy, Elijah Gates and Kaulana Apo, dropping down to 2nd place in the overall medal standings, with Australia in poll position for gold. The final day was where all the marbles would be counted and with Hawaii surfers in 3 out of the 4 division finals, the running for gold was far from over. In the Girls 16 & Under final, last year’s champion Dax McGill (HAW) stacked up with USA’s Frankie Harrer, Tahitian powerhouse Karelle Poppke, and fellow Hawaii teammate Mahina Maeda. Without a misstep in all her heats, Mahina Maeda was untouchable. The fifteen-year old displayed solid technique on

Team Hawaii’s unofficial power surfer, Kain Daly matched the punchy walls of Playa Jiquiliste with his own brand of Maui-grown flare. Kain was one of three team veterans competing in his final year at the ISA junior level.

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With the Hawaii girls setting the benchmark at this year’s event, it was no surprise that Kauai’s Tatiana Weston-Webb marched straight to the top of the podium winning gold in the Under 18 Girls division.

Everyone’s favorite Hawaiian, Kaoli Kahokuloa has no shortage of style.

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Bailey Nagy says hello to a Nicaraguan lip. her backhand and forehand to dismantle the light lipped Nicaraguan waves, dropping 9-point rides to impressively combo the finals field. Without a doubt, Mahina Maeda was destined to be the 2013 ISA (Girls 16 & Under) World Champ and Gold medal recipient. The Boys 16 & Under final consisted of an array of surfers from different corners of the world. Japan’s Reo Inaba surfed and inspired the whole event dropping some big scores, but not enough to break past a copper (4th place) medal finish. Little Jake Marshall from USA battled hard without looking back, but only enough to merit a bronze (3rd place) medal. Making Italian history, Leonardo Fioravanti was the highest placing surfer from Italy in ISA world championship competition. Surfing in professional form, landing crucial airs and belting powerful turns, Leo came to Nicaragua as the lone Italian representative. Finishing with a Silver (2nd place) medal, he more then made his country proud.

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Imai DeVault was another first-timer and adjusted quite well to the international format.

Dax McGill, no stanger to ISA competition. But none could touch the Aussie goofy footer Jacob Wilcox, who found the best waves in every one of his heats to capture the Gold (1st place) medal and furthering Australia’s lead for an overall Gold medal finish. 18 & Under Girls division showcased some of the best upcoming gurfer rippers. But no one was ripping harder then Hawaii’s blonde Kauaian, Tatiana Weston-Webb. Dominating all week long, Tati took no prisoners in the final, finding the right waves to earn the coveted World Championship Gold medal. Hawaii’s last hope of final glory came in the name Josh Moniz. The last of four 18 & Under boy competitors, Josh Moniz had a big fiery hoop to jump through. Up against the feisty Aussie duo of Soli Bailey and Luke Hynd and undefeated Frenchmen Andy Criere, the heat draw was an impossible one to call. But Josh is not one to sit around and let things happen. In the first five minutes, Josh quickly got his

two high scores (7.00, 7.43) on two slow rolling rights. Soli (AUS) countered with an 8 and a 6, but wasn’t enough to break Josh’s lead. In the dying minutes, it was a back and forth paddle battle between Josh and Soli for the last waves. Soli did manage to get a last wave in, but it was far from the score he needed. Assured that he had the heat in the bag, Josh took a victory lap on a little barreling right that he claimed in cool fashion. Winning the most difficult heat of the comp & besting his last year’s result of 4th place, Josh was now the Under 18 World ISA World Junior Champion. Although Hawaii surfers won 3 out of the 4 grand finals, the overall team medals would account to a different outcome. This is a team event and the overall point totals determine a team champion. With strenght and consistent performances throughout, team Australia would edge out Hawaii to take the title.

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Official Results And Overall Team Results 1. Australia- 24,256 points, Gold 2. Hawaii- 23,828, Silver Medal 3. USA- 18,870, Bronze Medal 4. France- 18,212, Copper Medal 5. Japan- 16,322 6. South Africa- 15,652 7. Peru- 15,316 8. Brazil- 15,300 9. New Zealand- 12,532 10. Portugal- 12,310

Boys Under-16 Jacob Wilcox (AUS), Gold Medal Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Silver Medal Jake Marshall (USA), Bronze Medal Reo Inaba (JPN), Copper Medal

Girls Under-16 Mahina Maeda (HAW), Gold Medal Karelle Poppke (TAH), Silver Medal Dax McGill (HAW), Bronze Medal Frankie Harrer (USA), Copper Medal

Boys Under-18 Josh Moniz (HAW), Gold Medal Soli Bailey (AUS), Silver Medal Andy Criere (FRA), Bronze Medal Luke Hynd (AUS), Copper Medal

ISA Aloha Cup Japan- 63.77, Gold Medal USA- 60.73, Silver Medal Peru- 51.55, Bronze Medal Australia- 49.08, Copper Medal

Girls Under-18 Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW), Gold Medal Stephanie Single (AUS), Silver Medal Nikki Veisins (USA), Bronze Medal Chelsea Tuach (BAR), Copper Medal



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“If you make the barrel, you weren’t deep enough” - Koa Rothman Photo: Brent Bielmann


Kekoa Cazimero knows style goes a long way in the big city. Photo: Tony Heff


Some go by air, some go by sea. CJ Kanuha always takes the high road. Photo: Ehitu Keeling


Kai Barger improvising this wave’s pesky fat section. Photo: Quincy Dein


Just one of the many majestic sights that inspired a generation of watermen and women to cross the heaviest ocean and inhabit the Hawai’ian Island chain. Here’s Jacob Pembrook, showing gratitude. Photo: Bryce Johnson


John John Florence finds there is more to Honolulu than just an airport. Photo: Noyle / A-frame


Country boy Ian Soutar skips the morning traffic and hits Bowls at 12 o’clock. Photo: Sean Reilly

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Josh Moniz By Sean Reilly

What do you get when you mix extraordinary talent, competitive drive, and one of Hawaii’s most prestigious surfing families…? You get Josh Moniz. The regular footer from Honolulu, Hawaii recently won gold at the 2013 ISA Junior World Championships in Playa Jiquiliste, Nicaragua. Battling it out with 300 competitors from over 30 different countries, Josh established himself as the world’s top Junior in the Boys Under-18 division. Surfing each and every heat with unmatched poise and confidence, you could tell this wasn’t his first rodeo. The Hawaii Surf Team veteran placed 4th in last year’s Under-16 Boys final. Next year, Josh will attempt to be the first ever Junior to win back-to-back world titles in the Boys Under-18 division. “Josh has always been a student of the game. Even at a young age he knew all the stats and could breakdown what to do,” comments Hawaii Surf Team Head Coach Rainos Hayes. “He is by far one of Hawaii’s best bets to make the jump to the world professional stage.”

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A new face on the men’s ASP Qualifying Series, he has already proven he can stay calm, concentrate, and produce scores. The junior prodigy exemplified this during last year’s Triple Crown. Always striving to be better, the young Hawaiian has his eye on the prize. Freesurf had a chance to interview the worldrenowned Oahu ripper after his ISA win. Humble, happy and with a respectful and polite demeanor that is a Moniz family trait, here’s what the seventeen year old local boy had to say.


What is the biggest perk? “The biggest perk to me is just being able to say I won an ISA World Junior title.”

Watching my siblings surfing definitely motivates me a lot. They also drive me to surf better and to

What does your upcoming contest schedule look like? “I’ve had a really busy schedule this summer. As soon as Worlds finished I went straight to California and had Surfing America the next day. Then once that finished I had Nationals, then I went down to El Salvador for the 6 star. Now I’m at the US Open in Huntington, then I go home for the first time in two months, but I go to Virginia Beach the next week for the Junior and WQS.”

How does it feel to be ISA World champion? “I’m so stoked. Especially after getting fourth the year before in Panama, to go back and win the older division was just a huge accomplishment for me. At first I was just stoked to make the final again, but to actually win the whole entire contest was a pretty awesome feeling.”

What is your next step/goal? “I’m going into senior year in school so I want to be finished with that, but for surfing I want to go back to Worlds and try to win again. I don’t think anyone has won two years in a row and it’s going to be my last year of being able to do that contest.”

Has your life changed since the win? “I’ve definitely been getting a lot more exposure since I won, but my life never really changed.”

As the second World Champion in your family, do you think you are setting new standards for your siblings? “No I wouldn’t say I’m setting a standard.”

try and surf bigger waves. I was always a step behind my brothers watching them start doing all these airs and surf bigger waves.

Who is your favorite sibling? “Can I have four favorites? ” Who has been the biggest influence in your surfing career? “My whole family really influences my surfing, as well as my friends too. Rainos Hayes has also helped me out ever since he picked up my brothers and I on Billabong when I was about 7 years old. He and my dad have really taught me a lot of the things I know.” What is your motivation? What drives you to surf better and charge harder? Watching my siblings surfing definitely motivates me a lot. They also drive me to surf better and to try and surf bigger waves. I was

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always a step behind my brothers watching them start doing all these airs and surf bigger waves. And I actually really liked watching them do it because I knew it would push me a lot harder to try and learn to do all of these tricks they where doing already.” Any secrets to your success? “Not really. I think you just have to believe you can do it and tell yourself you can win. I think one thing for Worlds that gets to a lot of people is how many heats you have to surf to make it to the final. I always see everyone counting heats to see how far away they are from the final and I think that always gets to them. Both years I went to Worlds I wouldn’t look at what round I was in. I would just see what heat number I was and who was in my heat. You just have to take it one heat at a time.”

How would you describe yourself as a surfer? “I try to do everything. I think if you want to make it in surfing nowadays you really have to be well rounded. I’m not too sure what maneuvers I’m known for, but I’m mostly doing airs. Especially because the part of the island I’m from, the waves are always 2 feet with the wind going into the rights, perfect for airs.” If you had to pick a job besides pro surfing what would it be? “That’s a hard one because ever since I was little all I wanted to do was be a pro surfer. But if I had to pick a different job it would probably just be something active where I’m using my hands instead of sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day. I don’t think I could do that.”

Any final words to your audience? “I want to thank everyone for all the support you guys gave me and the rest of the Hawaii Surf Team at Worlds. I want to thank my parents and the rest of my family and friendsyou guys are the best. As well as my sponsors; Billabong, HIC, Dakine and Vertra, thank you for all the support, and to Verizon Wireless for sponsoring the Hawaii Surf Team and taking really good care of the team every year. Also to Bert, Kahea and Rainos- thank you so much for taking me to Worlds, there is no way I would’ve won without you guys there helping me out through every heat. You guys are definitely the best coaches any team could have.” pau


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Grow Your Own With Aloha Aina Warrior Dustin Barca By Tiffany Hervey

Dustin Barca the professional surfer shreds. Dustin Barca the professional MMA fighter bangs. Last month, Dustin Barca the father and concerned tax payer wore a yellow collared shirt and testified before the County Council of Kaua’i in favor of Bill 2491, which would create local regulations of genetically engineered crops and pesticides. This, the struggle to save his homeland from dangerous and secretive chemical companies masquerading as farmers, is beyond the cage or unconquerable waves, it’s the fight of his life. “There’s a big difference between those of us who are here today testifying for and against this bill,” Barca said to the council. “Those of us testifying for this bill are not being paid to be here. We are here out of love— for the future of our aina, the future of our keiki, the future of everything that we love.” Born and raised


on Kauai, Barca reminded everyone about the motto Hawaii kids are raised with in school: Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘_ina i ka Pono. “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness,” he translated. “That means to keep the land right for the next generation— if not to make it better.” A couple months previous to this in March, Barca was on a different island every weekend helping to organize and lead “Evict Monsanto” marches. He helped found a group that is not only being active about putting the GMO companies in Hawaii out of business, but helping families to be more self-sustaining in growing their own food. It’s time to catch up with this Aloha Aina Warrior and get the scoops. How did you learn about the GMO presence in Hawaii?

“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness,” he translated. “That means to keep the land right for the next generation—if not to make it better.” - Dustin Barca

Tell us about your group ‘Ohana O Kaua‘i: We are planting a garden every two weeks. Starting with local Hawaiian families that want to eat better, healthier food. We want to make growing your own food cool again and show how easy it really is. Kauai has been Syngenta’s GMO testing grounds for 40 years now. They make atrazine and spray it regularly on their test crops. How do you feel about this? We are ground zero for chemical testing and GMO seeding. They have poisoned the drinking water with atrazine on the Waimea-Kekaha area and many people are getting cancer and lung diseases because of uncontrolled open air poison testing. All being covered up by corruption within our local government. It’s time to put human health over corporate wealth. Has your activism changed things in your community or the surf world? It’s definitely changed our community. We are coming together and realizing that we pay the bills for this island to work. We have the power and that power is unity and agreeing that things need to change for the better. We have to continue to show up and hold people accountable. Go tell the lawmakers what decisions they need to make for our safety. Our reefs are dying, our aquifers are being poisoned, and our children are being poisoned. It’s time.

I grew up in a health-conscious environment. I was learning slowly for a long time. Once I started having children and learning how much food has GMO ingredients in it, it really scared me that my kids are being slowly poisoned and the land I live on and love is also being poisoned. Do you think we need to evict the companies off the land or label GMO food? Evict! When we start evicting it will be a snowball effect on the whole GMO industry. The farming is their base. When you take away someone’s base they have no balance. There are many unknowns about the health impacts of the increased pesticide use and consuming GMO foods. If our food can’t reproduce, than those eating it can’t reproduce and that alone is a crime against humanity.

What is your stance on the Kamehameha Schools “Evict Monsanto” issue? The truth is public, we all know that Kamehameha Schools is going against what Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and her wishes on how the land would be cared for. Everybody whose children or family members go to school there need to get involved and the students need to get involved too. Once they all learn the truth I’m sure they will be as concerned as the rest of us. Wake up Hawaii! What have all the anti-GMO protests you’ve attended been like and what do you say on the megaphone that’s always in your hand? I am just another piece of the puzzle. The marches and rallies have really just created themselves to tell you the truth. All I say on the mega is common sense out loud.

Have your surfing and MMA platforms helped you get your message out? They have helped 100 percent. I felt like instead of talking about myself on Facebook and other outlets, why not make a difference? I have a lot of knowledge from reading and watching things and I felt like everybody should know. What do you think people can do on a daily basis to fight for food security and safety? Grow your own organic food, buy grass fed beef, eat organic chicken and voice your opinion about GMO ingredients being in your family’s food. GMOs are made to kill so get educated and stand up for your family. Hawaii could be a blueprint for the world for self-sustainability. It was before and can be again. I truly believe that organic healthy food is in the future of Hawaii but we have to get the chemical companies that call themselves farmers out of here. We have the best land and weather in the world for growing our own food, it’s a no brainer! pau

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Jackson Bunch By Sean Reilly

Full name: William Jackson Bunch the 4th Hometown: Paia, Maui DOB: December 19, 2003 Height/ Weight: 4’5, 61 lbs. Stance: Goofy foot Sponsors: Billabong, Oakley, Dakine Hawaii, Hi-tech Maui, SurfCo. Hawaii, and Kazuma Surfboards Groms seem to be getting younger and younger every year. Remember when a grom was a pubescent teenager? Well this 9-year-old shralper is redefining the age-bracket. William Jackson Bunch the 4th (you can only imagine the confusion that takes place during his family reunions) caught Freesurf’s attention after an impressive final at the HSA State Championships. While most 9-year-olds are getting pushed into waves at the Menehune Classic, this Maui ripper is taking names in divisions far beyond his years. I first met Jackson a few days before our scheduled interview during an evening surf at Goat Island. There were waves to be had, but in no way were conditions ideal. While I was struggling to catch a wave in the sporadic 4-foot chop, this minigrom was launching 360 reverses on the inside!

The following day, at the Arnette Cash Pot Surf Series, I ran into Jackson once again. This time he was slashing his way through heats in the U16 division, competing against kids almost twice his age! The day of our interview, Jackson impressed me once again. Unleashing powerful front side carves and throwing buckets of water into the sky, Jackson nearly made the semis against a highly competitive and much older crowd at the Kewalos Rip Curl Grom Search. If you are not intimidated by this 60 lbs. fourthgrader, you should be. This little Bunch packs a mean punch. What does a typical day in the life of Jackson Bunch look like?


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“I surf everyday. I go with my friends to surf, then we’ll go get something to eat, then we’ll get ice cream for a while. Then we’ll go skate. And then maybe go back out for another surf.” Where is your home break? “My home break is Ho’okipa, that’s where I surf most of the time.” What is your first memory of surfing? “My first memory of surfing is getting pounded! I was five years old at Ho’okipa. I kind of caught a wave, stood up and then fell. When I was paddling back out a big set came and washed me all the way in.” When did you start competing? “I started competing when I was seven. My first contest was Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem at Ho’okipa on Maui.” What does your quiver look like? “My go-to board is a 4’6 Kazuma Milkman. I also have two 4’7s and a 4’9. Where is your favorite surf spot? “My favorite spot is either Pipeline or Rice Bowls. Rice Bowls was really fun during that summer swell in May.” What is your favorite post session grindz?

“Burgers! My favorite food is fruit and cheeseburgers. I eat fruit a lot, and I eat cheeseburgers a lot!” Who are your favorite surfers? “My favorite surfers are Parko, Mick, and John John; Parko because he has the sickest carves and wraps, Mick because he is super fast and has great style in the barrel, and John John because he can do crazy airs!” How would you describe your style? “My style is all about hard carves… Front side power surfing.” Who do you usually surf with? “I surf with Kain Daly a lot. Kai Barger, Matt Meola, and sometimes Albee.” Do you have any friendly rivalries? “Cole Alves, Ocean Macedo, and my friend Axel.” What motivates you? “Kelly, Parko, and Mick are motivating, but it’s all about having fun, traveling, and surfing with your buddies.” What is your biggest accomplishment? “The 2nd place at Ala Moana (Hawaii State Championships) because I worked really hard

to get second, and I got second! I also won Consideration at Doris Todd Memorial Christian School, an award for trying really hard. I got straight A’s.” Where do you see yourself in 5 years? “Having fun, going places and traveling. I would like to win the Juniors at Nationals, the Grom Search at Kewalos, and Surfing America. I have to try really hard and practice everyday.” Any last words for the Freesurf audience? “Hit every section and keep surfing!”

Recent Accomplishments • 2nd in Boys U11 HSA State Championship, Ala Moana Bowls, April 2013 • 1st in Boys U12 Hurley at the Harbor, Lahaina Harbor, June 2013 • 3rd in Boys U14 Hurley at the Harbor, Lahaina Harbor, June 2013 • 1st in Boys U9 & U12 at the Carlsbad Beach Fest Surf Contest, Tamarack State Beach, June 2013 • 1st in Boys U13 at the Revolt Summer Surf Series, Pacific Beach, June 2013 pau


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Zoe McDougall By Lauren Rolland

\With Backyards as her backyard and a set of surfing parents who frothed for big Sunset, Zoe McDougall was destined to develop a talent with waves. This thirteen year old began surfing at a young age and competed in Oahu’s fun contests throughout her childhood. By eleven, Zoe began attacking HSA and NSSA events and climbing the ranks. Nabbing a 1st place finish in June’s Roxy Waikiki Classic (14 & Under SB division), this teen is proving herself in the highly competitive world of female surfing. Inspired by her long-time neighbor Coco Ho, Zoe recognized a talent in herself at a young age. It was through Junior Lifeguards that this ripper realized she was comfortable in the ocean. “I think being a really strong swimmer gives you a lot of confidence in the water,” she muses. Which brings us to a tidbit you might not know about this young waterwoman; Zoe craves big waves. “I like power,” she remarks with a glimmer in those big brown eyes. This two-time Hawaii State Champion is training her way to the top with coach Kahea Hart,


not to mention with friendly rivalries between fellow surfing pals, Kai and Moana Jones, Brisa Hennessy and Honolua Blomfield. Multi talented on land and in water, Zoe is gracing the competitive surf scene and working toward getting serious with NSSA events. Keep a lookout for Zoe, she’ll be the one riding the recognizable striped and solid Dennis Pang board, waiting for the mackers on the outside. Full name: Zoe Adele McDougall Nickname: ZoZo DOB: 1/17/2000 Age: 13 Stance: Regular Hometown: Sunset Point School/grade: Homeschool/HTA Charter School/8th grade Favorite break: Sunset Point Favorite board: My 5’5’’ red white and blue Dennis Pang made for powerful North Shore surf.

Which accomplishment did you work the hardest to achieve? “I work hard in all I do but I feel one of my big accomplishments in the past year was getting some sponsorship to help with the cost of competitive surfing. This year I also started modeling with Larson Talent to help out some myself. I also train very hard with my coach Kahea Hart and our grom training group where I’m always trying to accomplish a new level in my surfing.” What are your future goals? How about your near-future goals for 2013/2014? “My near future goals for 2013-14 season are to find a few more sponsors so I can seriously compete in NSSA outer island and qualify for Surfing America next year and NSSA Nationals, and hopefully place in both. I also have a goal to model more and I have to get good grades to compete so that is also a goal. “As for the more distant future I want to be placing in ASP Jr. Pros soon and then go on to

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the QS tour and finally on to the ASP world tour someday. Also to travel around the world as a designer of some kind.” What challenges you? “Kahea Hart… (laughing). Having a lot of close friends who surf well. They and my coach Kahea are always pushing me to do my best. Also, small waves challenge me.” What are you working on in the water? “I have been working on completing my waves and I’ve also been trying to slide my tail out a bit more, and playing around with some blow tails.” Any hobbies aside from surfing? “Yes, in my spare time when I’m not training, surfing, or working out I play ukulele and guitar, make jewelry and do art. I really want to have a clothing line or a jewelry line or a bathing suit line, or even all those mixed together.” What’s something most people don’t know about you: “I sing in the shower. Also, I really like to win and I always like to be right. If someone says I looked good doing something in the water, but it didn’t feel good to me, then it’s not good enough for me. I want to do the biggest turn I can, the biggest maneuvers, just kill it. I want to do something that really makes a session feel great.” Tell us about your favorite surf break: “Sunset is really a great place to learn big waves because you’ve got a channel and you can inch your way over to big waves. It’s such a powerful wave, but there’s always people out there watching you. They see you move from the inside to the outside, they watch you surf the bigger waves. Everybody knows your name out there, it’s such a special thing to have Sunset, it’s such a neighborhood spot. And such a well known surf break.” Surf celebrity crush: Sterling Spencer and John John Florence. Last words for the Freesurf audience: “See my life on instagram @zoe_mcdougall online at and soon on my upcoming Facebook fan page too. Thank you!”

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Brian Keaulana Receives Rights

Brisa Hennessey, She Rips Curl Who wouldn’t want to sponsor a young, up and coming, bright smiling, local surfer girl that shreds? That’s most likely what Rip Curl was thinking. The lil dynamite gal from Kailua is the latest edition to their elite surf team. Congratulations Brisa!

Keanu Asing Joins Pro-Lite

to Build Wavegarden in Hawaii Honokea Surf Parks is the first company to secure U.S. rights to the Spanish-engineered patented Wavegarden technology. Wavegarden Spain has created wave-generating technology designed for surf parks that offer both high performance surfing waves and smaller waves to teach people to surf. Company founders Kenan J. Knieriem Jr. (Keno) and Brian Keaulana are committed to sharing surfing in a safe way while promoting education, healthy living and sustainability while developing their first parks in Hawaii and California. The technology provides the highest quality waves independent of weather conditions for year-round shredding, with the latest wave park design generating perfectly tubing waves that break for more than 900 feet. Say Aloha to surf-less days.

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Hawaii’s famed son has jumped on the Pro-Lite ship. Making travel grade surfboard bags in the United States since 1982, Pro-Lite has expanded its product offering to include a full line of bags for day use as well as leashes, traction pads and racks. These products are tough and made for efficient surf travel, and with addition of Keanu Asing, their brand just got tougher.

Parko wins Oakley Pro Bali Keramas For the 5th stop on the World Championship Tour, Oakley wanted to put on a show. After a more then successful Pro Jr. event a few years back, it was only common sense to see what the world’s professionals can do on such a perfect wave like Keramas. With near flawless conditions, it was one the most amazing displays of progressive surfing. Mr. John John Florence took full advantage of the perfect ramp sections punting the “alley oop heard round the world.” But none could match Parko’s performance on this pristine righter. Joel Parkinson dominated his heats, even scoring a perfect 20.00 against an in-tune JJF. Flowing that momentum into the final and finishing off Tahitian powerhouse Michel Bourez, Parko won a cool $75000. This win moves him into 3rd position in the World rankings behind Aussie fellow Mick Fanning (1st) and King Kelly Slater (2nd).

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August 16th – 18th County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation Ohana Shoreline Tournament, Hilo

August 17th – 25th Duke’s OceanFest, Waikiki Beach

August 19th – 22nd HIC Pro Juniors, Queens

August 19th – 22nd Duke Kahanamoku Longboard Pro Am Event, Queens

August 20th North Shore Bike Path Project planting day, Backyards neighborhood

August 24th Hawaii Paddleboard Championships, Duke’s Race, Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach, Oahu

August 25th Jamba Juice XTerra Mountainman Triathalon, Kualoa Ranch, Oahu

August 31st North Shore Beach Clean-up, 61529 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Chun’s Reef

August 31st Generations 2013 Summer Concert Series, “The Future”, 11am-4pm, Waimea Valley, Oahu

August 31st – September 2nd 42nd Queen Lili’uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race, Kailua Bay to Honaunau, Big Island

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September 7th Tour de Cure, 5-50 miles, Kapiolani Park, Oahu

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August 31st Maui Channel Swim, Lanai to Kaanapali (Black Rock), Maui

August 31st Generations 2013 Summer Concert Series, Pikake Pavilion Lawn, Waimea Valley, Oahu

September 1st Haleiwa Joe’s Labor Day Race, Waimea Bay to Haleiwa, Oahu

September 2nd 44th Annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Sans Souci Beach, Waikiki

September 2nd ‘Aumakua 2.4 & 1 mile swim, Makena Bay (location subject to change - either Makena “Big” Beach, or Kam I-II-III), Maui

Wet Feet/Blue Planet Surf World Paddle Association Regional Championships, Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach, Oahu

September 19th North Shore Bike Path Project planting day, Backyards neighborhood

September 28th HSA Hana Surfing Classic, Koki Beach

September 29th Honolulu Century Ride, Kapiolani Park, Oahu

October 5th Kukio Blue Water Swim, Kikaua Point Park in Kukio, Big Island

Industry Notes Banzai Sushi Summer News Everybody’s favorite North Shore sushi bar is now selling BANZAI hats, t-shirts and tank tops, available at the sushi bar now. Printed and designed in Hawaii, this new BANZAI apparel is made for cruising down the famous coastline of the North Shore and for representing the North Shore while traveling abroad. Speaking of cruising, Banzai Sushi Bar is now selling a CD of their favorite lounge music too, guaranteed to give you the good time vibes that only an evening at Banzai Sushi Bar can give!

Futures Launches New JJF Fins John John Florence has been in the thick of the surfing world for well over a decade now. He’s 20. He’s been riding Futures just as long. Summer 2013 marks Futures’ launch of two new and improved fin designs, the John John Florence Signature Techflex and the Grom John Signature Model. Futures nailed it. And they only say that because that’s what John John tells them.

Carve Launches New Clothing @ Agenda Long Beach With roots in the surf and snow industry, Carve has successfully developed a range of eyewear collections that offer all the quality of the big players at about a third of the cost. Five years ago they launched a clothing range that complemented the expanding business and in 2011 teamed up with Versa Traction. For the first time ever, the clothing was offered to the US market at Agenda in Long Beach California. The Agenda show will be the stepping off point for Carve and the team is focused on spreading the word.

Honorable Mention for Dakine Dakine is proud to announce its partnership with The Keep A Breast Foundation™ (KAB), including a limited edition collection to be released in September 2013 to help raise awareness and assistance for the non-profit’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the collection will benefit KAB’s support, education and prevention programs. “For over 12 years we have been able to expand our educational outreach across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan because of the support and dedication of valued partners like DAKINE,” said Kimmy McAtee, vice president of partnerships and communication for KAB. “We absolutely love the new collaboration products and are excited to utilize the support from this collection to further our foundation’s mission.”

Jack McCoy Inducted into Surfing Walk of Fame Legendary surf filmmaker Jack McCoy was initiated into the Surfing Walk of Fame in late July during the Vans US Open in Huntington Beach. Jack McCoy received recognition as the Surf Culture Inductee for 2013. Congratulations Jack! Check out Freesurf’s exclusive interview with this well-known surf cinematographer at

New Music Release by Rise Ashen A remixer and producer of underground music, Rise Ashen’s first solo record in 8 years “Music in the City” is an eclectic blend of futuristic global dance music. Seamlessly fusing everything from traditional Inuit Throat Singing to Reggae in a timeless and classy original way, the record is organic and lush, melodic and hypnotic. Look out for Rise Ashen’s new music in upcoming Board Stories and Billabong Surf TV episodes!

New Nightclub Opens in Waikiki Surf lifestyle brand My Evolution owner Davy Malaythong has opened up a new hot spot in Waikiki. Upstairs Waikiki is the newest go-to dance/night club and lounge on Kuhio Avenue, open from 12pm-2am 7 days week. Check it out during the day for some pizza and beer or stop in during witching hours for some Summer Block Party fun.

Haleiwa Arts Festival a Family Affair It was a warm sunny weekend for the Haleiwa Arts Festival Sixteenth Annual Summer ArtFest this past July 20th and 21st on the North Shore. Families gathered for a free event that included music, singing, dancing, cultural history tours, student artwork, art demos and handson art activities for the keiki, not to mention a “cool stuff to buy” booth that featured limited edition posters and prints. If you missed it this year, be sure to check it out next year during the 3rd weekend of July (19th & 20th).

IBA Hawaii Announces Launch of Regional Pro Bodyboarding Tour The IBA Hawaii Regional tour has been sanctioned by IBA International (the world’s official bodyboarding organization) as a regional series, with four divisions in the tour, Men’s Pro, Women’s Pro, Junior Pro and Dropknee. In addition to over $10,000 in cash and prizes, points from the 2013 IBA Hawaii Tour will be accumulated toward entry and automatic seeds into the 2014 IBA International Pipeline Pro held in February. The first competition will be held at Sandy’s or Makapuu at the end of summer and the second event will be at Keau’s in early winter. It is possible a third event will be held in the 2013 calendar year as well.

Fresh Eric Arakawa Boards at HIC “HIC’s “shaper to World Champions”, Erica Arakawa, has released two new board models this summer to rave reviews from customers and team riders alike. The “Amplifier” Model is a small wave performer that team riders Joel Centeio and Josh Moniz have been riding in Town. Eric’s new “Booster” Model is more of an all-around high-performance stick that can be ridden in a wide variety of conditions. Josh Moniz loves this design and recently rode it to an ISA World Junior title in Nicaragua.

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Last Look

This Tahitian wave is one of the rare gems guarded by those who know it best. Local charger Tikanui Smith finds a moment of euphoria to last a lifetime. Photo: Brent Bielmann

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