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Although we've taken a break this issue from the male dominate / testosterone driven world of competitive surfing and freesurfing, we hope you'll not think of this as our one-off issue that we do once a year to satisfy the other gender in surfing. The truth is, as an independent grass roots magazine free of corporate ownership, we have the ability to pretty much do what we please, and have the luxury of bringing you what WE want to see. And what we want to see is more wahine. So much that we've dedicated this entire issue to our beautiful and well-deserved female ocean dancers. We hope you enjoy! Surfer: Carissa Moore | Photo: Jason Kenworthy
TATI X CLOUDBREAK This year’s World Tour rookie, Tatiana Weston-Webb, has kept everyone on their toes. A threatening match up for any competitor, Tati has shown incredible aptitude in the water, causing more than a few upsets in the tour along the way. Pair this with a resilient mental game and you’ve got a fierce contender that’s headed down a prosperous path. You’re on a tear this year. How does it feel? It feels amazing. To be living my dream at the age of 19 is something everyone wants. I feel so blessed to be in the position that I am in today. How did last year at Cloudbreak compare to this year? To be honest I could compare the two, but both were just one hundred percent outstanding. I loved every moment of last year learning the ropes around Cloudbreak, but when this year came around, I just felt so much more confident and knowledgeable, which helped me out so much. What are you most stoked about for the second half of the tour? I’m excited about everything. The fact that it’s my rookie year and I’m preforming this well is beyond me. I have confidence and focus going into the back half of the year. But most of all, I’m trying to enjoy every minute, as well as learn from every mistake and get better as I go.
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Mini Profile: Catching Kelia
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Fit For Surf: The Power of Yoga
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ALL FOR THE LOVE Last month I had the pleasure of attending the Maui Film Festival, and the even greater privilege of witnessing the world premiere of “The Wave I Ride”, a documentary on big wave surfer Paige Alms. It was a proud moment for women and for surfing, and I could almost feel the empowerment rising up with cheers and shouts from the crowd. The documentary was a pretty raw glimpse into the life of an unsponsored female surfer who chases waves for the pure love of it. I image any surfer feels this same way – traveling distances and spending money is well worth the high of a good wave – but Paige’s story also illustrates the day-to-day grind of an athlete who is dedicated to the sport regardless of endorsements, sponsorships or pay checks. The Maui local is a representation of total lifestyle commitment to surfing. And then there are the athletes who do get the backing and are on tour, gracing print ads and shop posters and winning world titles, equally committed. And freesurfers who slide after working hours to keep their gills wet and stay balanced. Big wave chargers who train and travel to seek out thrill rides. There are the juniors working hard to fine tune their skill and compete in events. Surf school teachers and owners helping spread the stoke, social media leaders sharing photos of the lifestyle, fashion designers promoting the surf panache, mothers teaching daughters their love for waves. What I’m trying to say is that all women, in all aspects of surfing, help enliven the sport. Regardless of what role we/they hold, if the love for surfing is there, then that alone helps perpetuate and promote lady wave riders. This annual Wahine Issue does exactly that – celebrates the women of our sport and trumpets the beauty, talent and grace of femininity. From competitors to chargers to sliders, these pages reflect a love affair between wahine and water.
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38TH ANNUAL KIMOS LONGBOARD CONTEST IN MEMORY OF ROB THIBAUT
Style and noserides were the call for the 38th Annual Kimo’s Longboard Contest held at “Mala-Bu-Maui”, properly known as Mala Wharf. Different from the conventional longboarding comps, the Kimo’s Longboard Contest has rules that showcase “old school” style single-fin longboarding. These rules consist of a minimum board length of nine feet or more, a single-fin must be used, and no leashes are allowed. The contestant field consisted of 40 surfers battling it out in friendly toe-to-toe duels to earn bragging rights for the year. “These guys and gals ages 10 to 67 showed that they care enough about the legacy of traditional, classic longboard surfing of the 1950s and ’60s to pay forward the spirit of that era,” says Jack Starr, who competed in past contests and is now event director and commentator. “Young and old alike, they all did justice to the legacy of surfing, and help perpetuate and keep alive the art of longboarding.”
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Beautiful lines graced the point at Mala Wharf with sets reaching overhead in size, but the winds proved to be the most challenging factor for surfers. The normal trade winds blow side offshore, which make this spot a nose riding runway. But with a phantom Northerly flow, it chopped the waves into sections making the dominant maneuver - nose riding - a difficult task in itself. In the Final, Mala’s own, Eric Casco, took down the field of talented maestros crowning him a third Kimo’s Longboard Contest title, a brand new sled provided by OLE Surfboards, and bragging rights as MalaBu’s top tip rider. “This is what I look forward to every year, the Kimo’s event,” says Casco. “It’s the best contest we have on Maui for logging. We should have more events like this. All the top surfers from Maui that don’t get exposed anywhere else, you’ll see them all here.” Another congratulations goes out to THERAsurf for being the recipient of the Kimo’s Longboard Contest Legacy of Aloha charitable donation. THERAsurf teaches children with special needs how to surf, which allows the kids the opportunity to benefit from the healing power of the ocean. The donation was presented to THERAsurf at the end of a surf session on June 8th.
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ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA Photos: Heff More than 500 women and girls gathered at Turtle Bay Resort for the Hawaii stop of ROXY’s global outdoor fitness tour: #RUNSUPYOGA, celebrating 25 years of ROXY. The event took place amongst the coconut trees of Kawela Bay and utilized the miles of beautiful terrain that Turtle Bay Resort offers. Blue skies and calm waters added to the beauty and enthusiasm was at an all time high as the girls connected for a full day of fitness.
Next was the 1K stand-up paddle, which was a triangular course that spanned the turquoise waters of Kawela Bay. The women competed for top time in three different heats, and top three finishers in each heat were adorned in fresh plumeria leis and awarded ROXY gift certificates. In between each activity, participants got to relax and enjoy refreshments in the ROXY lounge and lunch from Ke Nui Kitchen. All competitors also received a goodie bag and ROXY hat.
The #RUNSUPYOGA event combined three sports into one day – running, stand up paddle and yoga – with awards for top finishers in both the run and SUP division. Although winners accepted prizes atop a podium, the ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA is a concept event geared more towards participation, friendship and fun.
Wrapping up the day was a yoga class at Turtle Bay’s Kuilima Point, which provided women the opportunity to stretch out from the day’s high energy activities, guided by Kauai’s yoga guru Rochelle Ballard. Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, the yoga class was the perfect way to wind down and breathe in the tropical surroundings.
Oahu was the second stop of the ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA tour that began in Barcelona, Spain, this past May, and will continue on to Australia, Europe and other locations throughout the remainder of the year. With great participation turnout on all tour stops so far, the event looks to be a major global success that hails women, an active lifestyle and the beautiful outdoors.
“I was really excited about the yoga,” says ROXY fitness model, Bruna Schmitz. “I think it’s a great way to end a long day of activities because you get to stretch and it’s relaxing,”
The Oahu event kicked off in the morning with a 5K run traversing through the forested shoreline from Kawela to the Turtle Bay Stables and back. “The run was really amazing,” says Roxy athlete and ambassador Lisa Anderson. “I think a lot of the girls enjoyed it because it wasn’t on hard surface, it was through trails and trees and it took you along the coastline here. It was just really a beautiful run.”
ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA drew the largest women-only fitness turnout the North Shore has ever seen and looks set to return next year. Be sure to follow along with the global tour via Instagram @roxy or online at http:// roxy.com/run-sup-yoga/. Check out the video highlight of the Turtle Bay event at Freesurf’s website and get a feel for the enthusiasm! The ROXY #RUNSUPYOGA global tour headed to Marseille, France on June 21st; Munich, Germany on June 27th; and Sydney, Australia later in the summer.
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MAUI FILM FESTIVAL By Lauren Rolland Every summer, the south end of Maui transforms into an amphitheater. Thousands of people congregate on the Gold and Emerald Golf Courses of Wailea with blankets and chairs in anticipation of the night’s feature film. Audio speakers bounce sound off scenery as the giant 50-foot movie screen competes with the starry sky for center stage. Attending the Maui Film Festival for the first time, I was in awe over this Celestial Cinema and beyond excited to witness the world premiere of “The Wave I Ride”, featuring big wave surfer Paige Alms. With nearly fifty different films, documentaries and shorts premiering, the Maui Film Festival was back for its 15th year to
celebrate the art of storytelling and provide a one-of-a-kind film festival experience unlike any other in the world. For five days and nights, films are shown at various venues in Wailea, but the Celestial Cinema is by far the crown jewel of the event. On Sunday night, June 7th - my last night on Maui - approximately 2,300 people gathered to cheer on and support the producers and talent of “The Wave I Ride”. Lying on my back with the greens as a cushion, I watched as Paige Alms’ story began in Mexico with a beautiful wave and a dislocated shoulder. Weaving through the trials of the healing process, we learn more about Paige’s life as an unsponsored big wave surfer and her personal, professional and social life on Maui. “The Wave I Ride” shed light on the hardship of big wave surfing for women, and athletes like Carissa Moore, Greg Long and Albee Layer offered
opinions and insight into the discussion. But the real standout was Paige herself, charging Jaws, working everyday, and volunteering at local schools as a mentor to aspiring surfers. While my adventure ended at the Maui Film Festival in Wailea, it began at a charming hotel in Paia known as Nalu Kai Lodge. Tucked away in the heart of the North Shore town, the lodge featured cozy outdoor space that was perfect for lounging, and rooms with local Hawaiiana charm that felt authentic and inviting. Tropical quilts, rustic light fixtures, hardwood floors and chocolate macadamia nuts were the type of amenity touches that made Nalu Kai feel like true Hawai’i style living. My weekend on the Valley Isle would not have been complete without a few stop offs at some noteworthy spots, including
Ho‘okipa Beach for windsurfing action, Hana Highway for a waterfall hike through the Bamboo Forest, Ku‘au Store for an organic bottle of wine and local island fruit, Hi-Tech, Maui Tropix, Kazuma, Pakaloha and Honolua Surf Co. for a quick shop, and Plate Lunch for directions to Cliff House. Mahalo to Stella & Barry Rivers for organizing the Maui Film Festival and allowing Freesurf to be part of it this year. Thank you to Jen Jacobsen for VIP access to the Spago after party at the Four Seasons Wailea, and to all the film producers, directors and actors for helping create such a beautiful event in a star-studded location.
Kahanu Delovio, taking off at Banyans on the Big Island | Photo Credit: Freesurf Staff Photographer, Keoki Saguibo
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POHAI NA KEIKI NALU By Kim Ball Photos Tom Cougar
Congratulations to Chase Burnes, who won two divisions in the Pohai Na Keiki Nalu (Gathering of the Kids) surf meet at Launiupoko Park, Saturday, June 6th on Maui. A record 223 entries competed in 11 divisions in the biggest surf conditions in the 22-year history of the event, with wave heights consistently in the 4 to 6 foot range. Burnes claimed the 7-8 Shortboard title, the second biggest division with 25 surfers, and the Stand Up Paddle 9 & Under class as well. “It was fun catching waves,” said Burnes, a Haiku School second grader-to-be. “Stand-up paddling was fun doing my turns because I had speed.”
Congrats to Kelsen Snyder, who won the 6 & Under title, (the biggest division with 42 surfers) and to Eric Roberson and Ty Simpson-Kane who were repeat winners in different divisions. Roberson won the 9 & Under Longboard after winning the 7-8 Shortboard last year, while Simpson-Kane claimed the 9-10 Shortboard after taking the Stand-Up division a year ago. Also, congrats to Coby Kaplan for making the finals in two divisions (9-10 & 10-12) in his very first surf competition. “I was stoked to make the finals and be able to surf with all the other kids that rip so hard,” Kaplan says. Finalists in the 9-10 division included Ty Simpson-Kane, Gabriel Girardin, Jake Maki, Chase Anderson and Cyan Botha. “The waves were fun,” remarks Kaplan. “Launiopoko is always fun! Just tried to catch as many waves as I could.” The contest raised over $5,000 for the Trucker Dukes family of Haiku. Trucker is a two-yearold who is being treated for neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Last year’s meet also raised over $2,000 for Cristany Rayce Bilan, a five-yearold Lahaina girl with leukemia. Bilan is nearly cancer free and will have her final chemotherapy treatment in October. Other winners included Otis Buckingham (Bodyboard 9 & Under), Ramon Rode (Bodyboard 10-12), Finn Spencer (Stand Up Paddle 1012), Ocean Macedo (Longboard 10-12), Axel Rosenblad (11-12 Shortboard), and Kayalani Mullen (Shortboard Girls). Congrats!
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CHINA UEMURA’S 19TH ANNUAL WAHINE SURFING CLASSIC Words and Photos by Keoki The 19th Annual China Uemura Wahine Classic was held at Waikiki Beach on June 6 & 7th 2015. “Uncle China” as we know him, is a South Shore beach boy who radiates his Aloha by raising monies to support nonprofit organizations within the community through surfing events. The Sexual Abuse Treatment Center of Hawai’i is the participating non-profit organization of China’s Wahine Classic 2015. Four disciplines that made up the Wahine Classic included Shortboard, Longboard, Stand-Up Paddle and a Team Challenge, with age divisions from 7 and under to 60 and over. With shoulder-high semi-consistent surf rolling through Waikiki, the highlight of the event was the anticipated Women’s Pro-Am Longboard division. South Shore’s own Megan Godinez picked off a couple set waves with a mixture of nose rides and skillful maneuvering, awarding her the title for the 3rd year in a row. North Shore’s Rosie Jaffurs displayed a stylish hang ten in the final of the Women’s division giving her the big W. Rosie also teamed up with Tiki Willis and Mason & Lola Schremmer for the highly competitive team division as team Margaritaville. They edged out team Ala Moana Surf Bowls with a total score of 114.5 to 113.5. Apart from the surfing action, Uncle China gave away six brand new surfboards to students who’s grades were most improved throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Contestants also shared their “Aloha Spirit” with Team Guam, donating $1000 to the event. To top things off, Mason and Lola Schremer ended up donating their Pro-Am winnings back to Uncle China so the event could be perpetuated for years to come. Uncle China is consistently looking to help his community by spreading Aloha through surfing events. The China Uemura Wahine Surfing Classic is a perfect representation of one man helping his community, and a community putting into action what Uncle China taught us from the beginning, the true spirit of “Aloha.”
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2015 HIC/QUIKSILVER ALL-MILITARY SURF CLASSIC By Mitch McEwen The Ninth Annual HIC/Quiksilver All-Military Surf Classic, Presented by MWR-Hawai’i, was held on Saturday, June 6th at White Plains Beach on Oahu’s southwest shore. One hundred and forty contestants enjoyed a day of surf, sun, friendly competition and camaraderie with fellow surfers of the U.S. Military and Department of Defense; including retirees and dependents. The event was held in knee to chest high waves, with glassy conditions in the morning turning to side-shore winds in the afternoon. Competitors were separated into five Active-Duty divisions and nine Open divisions, including both shortboard and longboard surfing.
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This year’s Top Branch Award went to the Navy with a total of 368 points, edging out the Air Force with 360 points to win the coveted gold cup. Last year’s winners, the Army, dropped to a distant fourth place with 290 points, behind the Coast Guard who finished with 352 points. Points are scored for the top three finishers in each of the five Active-Duty divisions and accumulated by branch to determine the Top Branch Award winners. The All-Military Surf Classic is organized by Marvin Nuestra and his White Plains Lifeguard staff, with the support of MWRHawai’i, whose mission is to improve the lives of US Military Personnel and their families. Hawaiian Island Creations and Quiksilver are honored to support the men and women of the US Armed Forces who proudly serve our country. Stay safe, keep surfing and enjoy the ride!
IBA HAWAI’I TOUR 2015 STOP #1 ALA MOANA BOWLS, OAHU By Tyler Rock This first event of the 2015 IBA Hawai’i Tour proved a landmark for the IBA as it was the first time ever for an all bodyboard event to run at the famed South Shore wave of Ala Moana Bowls. The contest ran over the weekend of June 20th & 21st and competitors were blessed with cranking 4 to 6ft waves. New to this year’s tour was the Standup Bodyboard and Masters divisions, along with the existing Mens, Womens, Drop Knee and Juniors divisions. Dominating the event and taking out 3 divisions was none other than Kauai native Dave Hubbard. Winning the Drop Knee and inaugural Standup division on the first day (which also happened to be his birthday), Dave followed it up on day 2 with a win in the highly stacked Mens final over Sammy Morretino, Mike Stewart and Trevor Kam. The Junior division highlighted the best up and coming groms of the sport and this time was taken out by Oahu East Sider, Kawika Kamai for his first ever IBA win. The Womens division saw familiar faces with Carla Costa Taylor and Melanie Bartels dominating the field, and Oahu west side girl Mel (Bartels) claimed the win. In perhaps the most exciting division of the event, the Masters boasted the originals of the sport with the likes of Pat Caldwell, Jimmy Hutaf and David Kelly to name a few. But it was contest director Ben Severson a.k.a “Tube Troll” that found a handful of long tubes to find that winning feeling once again. Check out www.ibahawaiitour.com for more info, results and dates on upcoming events.
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STYLE S l i d e r s with T a r a M i c h i e , A s h l e y J o h n s o n , Brooklyn Dombroski, Haunani Kane & Rosie Jaffurs
There is something very alluring about the lifestyle of a longboarder. But not just anyone who lives and surfs in Hawai‘i can tap into this. One needs roots, a sincere dedication and a connection to the ocean to really radiate the vibe. That plus a board, style, and the photos to prove it, right? We tapped into the lives of five ladies who prioritize slide time, to give you a glimpse into a lifestyle that so many dream about. These wahine epitomize what longboarding looks like in Hawai‘i and all of its fun features. Plus they each have a creative talent outside of surfing that helps create a work/life balance. It can’t be all play and no work! But for these girls, living a beautiful and fun lifestyle in and around the water can sure make it feel that way.
Rosie Jaffurs. Photo: Keoki
“ My l o v e a f f a i r s t a r t s w i t h t h e o c e a n . A n d m y l o v e f o r l o g g i n g i s a b y p r o d u c t o f t h e o c e a n p r o v i d i n g .”
“The whole idea of surfing is mind-blowing. No other human activity works as symbiotically with the earth than catching a wave. We use the momentum of the ocean and the kinetics of our bodies to move forward. I get butterflies in my stomach just
“I like to play when the sun is out and work late at night when everyone and everything is quiet. So in no particular order, my day usually involves coffee, surfing (if there are waves), taking photos, working on a creative project, snacking, and hanging out with my fiancé and our dog. I’m also fortunate enough to travel throughout the year. So if I am not in Hawai‘i, I am feeding my travel bug. I always have an itch to experience new places and cultures. So I try to go on an international once a year.”
thinking about it!”
“People in Hawai‘i (and the Polynesian Islands) are so much more connected to the land and ocean than anywhere else I’ve been to. Life is spent outdoors year-round. The ocean is warm, there is always surf somewhere, and most people are sunburnt and happy. It doesn’t get much better than that!”
“Surfing is THE balance in my life. If I am having a bad day all I need is a dip in the ocean to feel rejuvenated and continue to tackle life’s vices.”
// TA R A M I C H I E // Blogger
“Having warm and clear blue water year round with some of the best waves in the world is one my favorite features of living and surfing in Hawai‘i! Other aspects are our laidback lifestyle and simple living.” “The water always makes things better. If I’m ever stressed, having a bad day, or just tired from working all day, surfing is always a good idea. My favorite time of day to surf is a sunset sesh. I try to be productive all day and than surf at the end of the day to wind down. Each sunset I’m always reminded of how blessed we are to live in paradise. It’s the best!”
// ASHLEY JOHNSON // Creative Brand Owner
in the mornings or at work in the office. My husband and I have
“If I’m not surfing, I’m usually either drinking coffee somewhere
a small workspace called The Coop in Kalaheo where we run my small business Lucky We Live Hawai‘i. If not in the office, we
are almost always surfing or going on motorcycle rides together!”
Favorite board: My new stick by Two Crows, it’s a Lady Log 9’3 Pintail wave: Pakalas, Kauai trick: Um… I can do a mean headstand, haha.
or being in the ocean in
most of my time with photography.
working, editing, social media,
all the while trying to find the perfect balance between work and play!” Favorite board: Woolley longboards wave: Chuns
trick: Just flowing
/ / B RO O K LY N D O M B RO S K I / / Ph o t o g r a p h e r
â€œI think that longboarding is a little bit of a lost art amongst women/females here - it's certainly much smaller than the California or Australia scene, but the beauty of that is the close camaraderie between us. It's always a great conversation starter in the water and I've made some of my closest friends in the lineups.â€?
“I love to learn more about people, places, and how the world around us works. I'm in grad school at UH so I spend a good deal of time studying Pacific Islands and learning about how they have and will be impacted by future changes in climate like sea-level rise.”
“A perfect weekend would include my log, a cooler, a hand full of my girlfriends and the auntehs. The surfing lifestyle is all about family. I absolutely love it!”
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“The ocean is a big part of my life as well as culture and I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by a bunch of amazing people. I volunteer with Duane (DeSoto) and his ‘Ohana at Na Kama Kai. It's pretty humbling to be part of a group of people who love helping youngsters become more confident and comfortable in the ocean, whether it be surfing, paddling or caring for our beaches. I also spend time with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. We are currently making our way up the eastern coast of Australia visiting the traditional owners of this land, exploring the Great Barrier Reef, and learning about how they care for their homes.”
“When I’m not surfing, I’m teaching surfing. Finally found a job that
“My love affair for logging comes from nose riding. The
I can do that doesn’t
feeling I get when I hang my ten toes over is one of the
make me go crazy if the
best feelings in the world to me. As long as I get in the
surf is firing. If I work
ocean I feel alright. I can’t go two days without getting in the water. I get antsy, it literally feels like my I’m drying
hard enough it allows me to travel, but I try
to surf everyday... If I make enough money to travel I’m down, but so far nothing compares to the comfort of home breaks with clear blue
“If you are having the most horrible day a person could have, once you get in the ocean and catch that first wave, whatever it was that was bothering you immediately drifts away. It gives me the feeling that everything will be okay, it’s not that bad, and I become happy again. It works every time.”
// ROSIE JAFFURS // Surf Instructor
By Chris Latronic Hawai‘i has a healthy presence on the current WSL Women’s Championship Tour. Occupying five of the top fifteen spots in the 2015 WSL rankings, we have a handful of heavy hitters that have been in the game for a long time, and have gained plenty of steam toward winning world titles. Staying on top of women’s professional and progressive surfing game, these are Hawai‘i’s tour girls.
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Coco Ho 5’3” 121 lbs 24 years old North Shore, Oahu The Princess of the North Shore, Coco Ho, has been set on a professional surfing career path since her very birth. Being raised under legendary professional surfing father, Michael Ho, Coco jumped onto the competitive surfing scene early, nabbed her first sponsor at age 8 and never looked back. Qualifying for the Women’s World Tour at age 17, Coco went on to perform well enough to earn the Rookie Of The Year award. Coco has performed consistently this year with a chain of decent results in the 9th – 5th range. With the back half of the schedule on the horizon, look for Coco to turn it up on her forehand as the climax of this tour will end at Honolua Bay in Maui, Hawai‘i, one of her favorite waves.
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Carissa Moore 5’7” 139 lbs 22 years Old Honolulu, Oahu It’s hard to believe how many incredible things Carissa has accomplished, especially since the athlete is only still in her early 20’s. From childhood surfing on the inside of Queens and Kewalos to winning world championships and being voted Women of the Year, Carissa is an inspiration for women worldwide. Already inducted into the Surfing Hall Of Fame, the surfer could retire tomorrow… but thankfully, Carissa’s not ready to stop any time soon. With a hunger for competition that remains potent, she’s staying on the forefront of female surfing innovation. Carissa is young, healthy and ready. With two solid victories in Australia at the beginning of this year, Carissa Moore is surfing in strong form, looking to add another world championship notch to her already stellar surfing career. Being in this position before, Carissa should be at ease going into the Tour’s back half, especially with the final climax at Honolua Bay.
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Tatiana Weston-Webb 19 years old Hanalei, Kauai Finding the stoke-bug after competing in her first surf contest at eight years old, Tatiana Weston-Webb had no idea how far surfing would go in her life. With a former successful pro bodyboarder mom, you can see where Tati probably gets her competitive angst. Becoming a national and ISA World Champion a few times over, Tatiana was destined for greatness throughout the junior ranks, but her recent launch into the professional level on the WSL Tour took many by excited surprise. Becoming the 1st injury replacement on the Women’s World Tour last year, Tati was able to compete in three CT events, garnering enough points to qualify for the 2015 Dream Tour. Being the only rookie on tour this year, Tati already seems to be hanging amongst the flock like a seasoned veteran. Controlling heats, taking the best waves, getting memorable barrels, and more importantly, getting the high advancing scores, this girl is a major threat. Succeeding equally well on both her backside and frontside, it seems this blonde bombshell is here on tour to stay and will keep turning heads for many more years to come.
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Malia Manuel 5’5” 115 lbs 21 years old Wailua, Kauai Growing up on Kauai, Malia has been highly influenced by the many Kaua'i local boys who rip the shores of the Garden Isle. Ms. Manuel has evolved her naturally fluid style to honor power while expressing incredible grace and poise. At age 14, Malia was the youngest person to ever win the US Open of Surfing (2008), immediately boosting her into the big leagues and women’s surfing stardom. At 18, Malia pursued the QS grind, winning two 6 star prime events to become the top qualifier into the 2012 championship season and ultimately taking the prestigious Rookie Of The Year award at the tour’s conclusion. Now in her prime, the athlete is right up there as one of the best female surfers in the world.
Alessa Quizon 5’3” 119 lbs 21 years old Honolulu, Oahu
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For Alessa Quizon, making the tour is still the biggest accomplishment of her life. Growing up with humble beginnings on the west side of Oahu, becoming a pro surfer was not an easy feat. Luckily for her, the Quizon ‘Ohana is full of avid surfers who helped teach Alessa the ropes at an early age. Makaha Beach is where the wahine grew up learning to surf, but whenever the south shore was pumping, Alessa would be down at Kewalo Basin, refining her skills to the professional level. Having a bit of a slow start this year, the judges have not been seeing exactly eye to eye with Alessa’s surfing, leading to mediocre outcomes. But with her latest semifinal result at the Los Cabos Open, things are looking on the turnaround.
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CATCHING KELIA By Jericho Rell Panasuk
For twenty-two-year-old Oahu native Kelia Moniz, surfing is second nature. With a natural grace and ease on the waves that only comes from growing up in a family of surfers, Sister has been in the water as long as she can remember. Placing second last year in the GoPro World Longboard Championship, China presented by Wanning event, Kelia has a promising competition this year and we can’t wait to see what her path holds. Moving to Hermosa Beach two years ago, Moniz has been living the Cali lifestyle with fellow Roxy ambassador Bruna Schmitz and Volcom team rider Quincy Davis in what’s referred to as the ‘Dollhouse’. Visitors come and go on the regular, and now the Dollhouse sees Bruna’s fiancé and Kelia’s boyfriend as part of the home dynamic too, adding to the fun. We jumped at the chance to catch up with this chick who rips and find out about this year’s travels, what waves Kelia is stoked on, and where the wahine is headed next. It’s no doubt, whether modeling for Roxy or in the water surfing, Kelia Moniz is doing it with style.
Date of Birth: February 5, 1993 Stance: Goofy Favorite break: Favorite place to surf is Waikiki, because of so many precious memories. What has been the highlight of this year? Being able to travel with my boyfriend. We spent a couple months in Australia in the beginning of the year. We went snowboarding in Mammoth and surfing in Mexico. We’re also heading to the east coast and then to South Africa for one of his events in a couple of weeks. Favorite place you’ve traveled to this year? Japan, I love that country! The people, food, culture. It’s amazing Tell us about where you’re living now. I currently live in Hermosa Beach with some of my best friends. We have a pretty big house we call the Dollhouse where lots of friends
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What are you doing lately for training? Boxing, Pilates, and day-to-day circuits I do on my own for cardio and core in my garage. Who knows if it actually works, I just like to do it for peace of mind haha. If I sweat and get out of breath I feel good. Have we ever asked you how you got the nickname Sister? Well, my mom and dad didn’t name me for a whole month after I was born, so they would refer to me as Sister to my older brother during that month. And then my mom popped out three more boys after me, so that name had no time to fade away. I love it. This year marks 10 years as part of the Roxy family… Congrats!
What is your ideal day? Coffee and pancakes to start the morning with as many friends as I can manage to rally in my house, followed by a sunny beach day with tons of food and refreshments. That’s pretty much what my weekends consist of when I’m home in Hermosa, my favorite time. Any surfing goals this year? I just want to surf more. Last year I felt like I only surfed when I had to, but this year I want to go on trips to surf little fun longboard waves. And it’s always a goal to win that one event I do at the end of the year.
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Jodi Wilmott By Mike Latronic
You might think that a woman born in South Africa with an Australian accent - currently living on a remote island in the South Pacific with numerous passports and multiple citizenships could potentially be a multinational industrial envoy, an agent of MI6, or a former high level aide to high ranking government official. Icons like Lara Croft, Mrs. Smith, Nikita and Elektra come swimming into mind… Did I mention she’s a regular foot and has a wicked snap? Meet Jodi Wilmott - the newly appointed Hawai‘i regional General Manager for the World Surfing League who lives to reflect the Aloha Spirit. On top of being one of professional surfing’s most valued players, this wahine also rips! Born in South Africa in 1970, Jodi’s father was a surfboard shaper while mom also surfed and was involved in surfing events. Wilmott happily exclaims, “I had a no-alternative introduction to the lifestyle, and what’s not to love about it!? Nothing beats the feeling of being in the ocean and riding a fun wave, and I love working in surfing just as much. “ Though her family roots were far from Hawai‘i at birth, Wilmott’s connection and love for the Hawaiian Islands were authentic. Her first wave ever ridden was at Queens, Waikiki on the nose of her dad’s board, and at that time Wilmott and her family were living in Pauoa Valley with the Aikau family. “It was truly a blessing to grow up with the Aikau’s and they remain a big part of my family’s life,” describes Jodi. “We first met Eddie in the early ‘70s when he was in South Africa for an international event in Durban. Shaun Tomson’s family had originally offered to host him, but they had a house fire and were themselves living in a hotel. My mom was keeping her eyes out for Eddie and crossed paths with him at the beach early one morning. She found out where his hotel was and arranged to pick him up and bring him to our house, and that’s how it all began.
PAU HANA / “With Shaun Tomson at our house in Narrabeen, 1975.”
“Surfing with Margo Oberg at North Narrabeen, 1976.”
“Here’s a picture of my mom cooking barbecue at Seal Point, South Africa, with Eddie, me, my sister and our combi, 1972.”
“With Rell Sunn on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, 1976.”
“When Eddie and Clyde used to travel with the tour and stay with us in Australia after we left Hawai‘i, they were incredible ambassadors for the Islands. They would come to my school and play music and teach the kids about Hawai‘i. They even learned a couple of Australian folk songs to play for the kids... like ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down’..in slack key... haha. Eddie used to love trying to mimic the accent.”
more about it as it evolves. Growing up, my family hosted a lot of the surfers from Hawai‘i, South Africa and Brazil in Australia when the pro tour began, so being surrounded by (the worlds best) really made professional surfing a total living world for me.
With a soulful taste of true Hawai‘i and real life hard work ethic, Jodi would later go on to earn an Associates degree in public relations and business communications. That education and mana - in combination with a true love for surfing and a challenge - landed her pole position as the first ASP tour media director, a long career running Hawai‘i based PR company Ocean Promotions, as well as communications director for both Triple Crown of Surfing and Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau events. Perhaps no one person in the history of our sport has had such a consistent hand in reflecting the big news and spirit of our culture. “My life has run parallel with professional surfing from my first day,” Jodi maintains. “It has always fascinated me and I love learning 70
“I had grown up knowing so many of the men and women who competed as professionals and am indebted to them for the time and kindnesses they showed. I was the biggest fan of surfing and surfers growing up. I watched every surf movie that came to town, knew every surfer on sight, read every surf magazine, and followed results in competitions like a hawk. That gave me a subliminal archive of all the events and athletes from the beginning. It has given me a lot to draw upon.” You recently stepped into the role of General Manager for WSL Hawai’i. What does this mean for you? I explain it as a full-blown collision at the intersection of everything and everyone I’ve ever known, haha! I love it! Hawai‘i is the epicenter of surfing and the birthplace of professional surfing, so that makes me
incredibly grateful to have an opportunity like this. Before accepting the position, I thought long and hard about what it would mean to me and what goals I would like to achieve for surfers in Hawai‘i. I decided that my foundation - and the foundation of WSL Hawai‘i - would be Kids, Culture, and Community. We need to make sure we are checking off those three boxes in all that we do. The kids are the future. The culture of surfing coupled with Hawaiian culture is to be respected and appreciated. And as for community... the fact that surfing and surf competitions take place in public arenas means we operate in our own backyard and that of our neighbors. That requires huge awareness, respect and responsibility. “Our currency is relationships and time, and I am dedicated to doing my utmost to pursue positive working relationships and to understand the many different ideas and opinions that exist here. Let’s face it, professional surfing isn’t for everyone. The world won’t stop spinning without it. But I’m a huge believer that surfing is an incredible and fortunate lifestyle and can bring great quality to life - whether it be through the friends we make while surfing and traveling; the opportunity to work doing something you love; sharing the culture; or reaping the health benefits. What professional surfing provides is the platform from which we can share all these things with a large number of people around the world, so to that end, I believe it represents very powerful opportunities for many, many people. As one of surfing’s most VIP industry members what has been the most fulfilling part of your career? Learning and traveling. Surfing is a “world” within the world. It offers continued learning through human interaction with people of all colors, races, cultures and beliefs while doing something we love, surrounded by nature. We are each other’s greatest teachers. Because surfing is such a small world, you come face to face with all of this more often and in more intense ways than most - dealing with all the different personalities and opinions, hopes and ideas. I love that! Every single one of them represents an opportunity to learn and grow. They all fascinate me. What could be more fulfilling than that? pau
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THE SHAPING ROOM with SESAME SHIM
In today’s ever changing surfing world, there are people who are committed to helping pave the path toward the future, eager for what it will hold. One of these people is Sesame Shim, one of the few female surfboard shapers on Maui and in the state of Hawai‘i. Growing up in Manoa Valley on Oahu, Sesame was able to be around her Dad and watch him hand shape surfboards as a young girl. He sparked the fire, and years later it inspired Sesame to hand shape and build surfboards from start to finish all by herself, hoping to encourage and lead other female surfers to get into the shaping room too. We caught up with Sesame on Maui for a few questions about her process and inspiration in hand shaping surfboards from start to finish. Where are you from and when did you start surfing? I was born on Oahu, growing up around Manoa. My dad always had me on a surfboard or in a canoe since I was a baby. I moved to the mainland for a bunch of years when I was younger, but when I moved back my love for the ocean continued. My mom would take me boogie boarding a lot, until my dad bought me my first surfboard when I was in the 9th grade. Who/what inspires you to surf and who do you look up to most for your surfboard shaping skills? I’ve always liked the fluid power surfing of Andy Irons and I also really like how Carissa Moore has been surfing with her fluidity and power. I think all surfboard shapers, creators and builders are amazing in their own way and you can’t forget about the glassers and sanders too. But for the moment, I think Glenn Minami is a master. When I’m not riding my own shape, I’m usually riding one of his. My magic board is one of his shapes and I am in the process of trying to duplicate it. Minami shapes awesome boards and to know that he hand shapes every single one and can keep up with production he’s doing is so amazing. I hope to get some pointers from him someday. I was lucky enough to spend some time with Ben Aipa, and I continue to use a lot of his basic techniques when I shape. Here on Maui, Sean Ordanez has shared with me some really good theories on all kinds of aspects of shaping and board design. Any thoughts on hand shaped boards compared to machine shaped? I think if a machine is maintained correctly, it can create exactly what you want to shape. However, I do think it’s possible for a board shaper to be such a master that he can be better than a machine, because he can adjust to any inconsistencies in the material.
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What type of surfboards do you like to shape most?
What are some of your goals with shaping?
I like to shape surfboards for my family and friends along with the community of surfers here on Maui and in Hawai‘i. Mostly I shape mifishy type of shortboards, but honesty any type of board is really fun to make. Recently I made a 5’0” mini longboard for my son Aukahi - he’s been riding some fun little waves on it lately.
At this point I am making my boards from start to finish, shaping, fin box installation, glassing, and sanding. It’s a lot, but I really hope to refine each one of those skills. I like being in control of my projects, so I don’t mind doing it all. It’s a labor of love. A dream come true would be having a legendary surfer wanting to ride my shapes.
What got you started with shaping?
What do you enjoy most about surfing?
I’ve always loved building and creating things ever since I was a little kid. I went to school to become an engineer, but in that field, I never really got to be creative and build something tangible. Years back my husband, Curren, was motivated to shape surfboards by our good family friend shaper/glasser/sander and county lifeguard, Bouvey Bradbury, from Makaha. We each shaped a surfboard and from then on I continued to love and enjoy making boards for the family and community. Let’s just say we don’t want to waste too many blanks, so we leave the board shaping to me, haha.
I love surfing and being in the ocean, a place to free my mind and just be myself. Nothing could compare to the thrill of dropping into a wave, going fast, floating through each turn, and of course, getting barreled. Getting pounded gets a lot more fun as time goes on too. However, at this point in my life, teaching my 5-year-old son how to surf is what I am enjoying the most. When my son first stood up on a surfboard that I made for him, it was one of the happiest and most rewarding feelings I’ve ever experienced. What kinds of waves do you like to surf?
Why do you think there aren’t more female shapers in Hawai‘i? I think there are some female shapers out there, but in Hawai‘i, they just don’t get much attention. I think a lot of local shapers period don’t get much attention because there are so many big names and labels available. The amount of females surfing is continuously growing and has had such a boom in the last bunch of years, so it’s just a matter of time before more girls and women are out there making boards too.
I love surfing all kinds of waves, rippable, uncrowded spots in the country or completely the opposite, barreling waves at super crowded Honolua Bay can be fun too. Maui has a lot of good places to surf when the winds turn Kona and we really like to be adventurous. I think that’s part of the beauty of surfing, you get to connect with the ocean and the ‘aina, take it all in, and just enjoy every moment of it. pau
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As a surfer, Ho says yoga has been most important for her breathing. “Yoga basically taught me how to breathe. I’ve always taken really short breaths because I’m super hyper.” Additionally, Ho describes how she loves yoga because as it makes you stronger and regulates your breath, it magically slows down your mind. Like Ho, Jabour appreciates yoga for its holistic benefits. The North Shore local describes yoga as his way of giving back to his body. “As a surfer, I go to yoga for the benefits of stretching and strengthening my body and for the mental control.” Jabour appreciates putting his body into uncomfortable positions and learning how to relax during the long holds. “Breathing into those positions takes a lot of concentration, plus you get stronger and more limber.”
The best training for surfing is, of course, surfing. But surfing also puts pressure on the lower back during paddling and it’s common for surfers to have tight shoulders and chest muscles. Even more, the hips stiffen and the body is constantly popping up to one favored stance. Yoga helps lengthen, release, open and rebalance. So if you haven’t tried yoga, I’m not alone in declaring you’re absolutely missing out. A recent study found an estimated 20.4 million Americans practice yoga. But if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not exactly sure what yoga is, though I’ve been attempting to do it for nineteen years. I do know yoga is not a football game, though some treat it like a competition and others should try wearing a helmet. It is not a type of food, yet it encourages a plant-based diet. Yoga is not a performance, but it was designed to help us escape the theatrics of living as a human being—to free us from attachments, distractions, and mental chatter. It is not something you can hold. It is not taught in a single book or from a single country. Yoga is a way of life. A practice. A discipline. A mental state. A holistic experience. It is a dichotomy: it can be hard and soft, light and heavy, willful and playful, frustrating and ecstatic. It builds a community, while simultaneously teaching you how to be alone. And without a doubt, it will show you everything you never wanted to know about yourself... If you’re doing it right. I spoke with a few professional surfers who 78
practice yoga regularly to illuminate how the practice is not a cultish religion, but how it can be just as powerful. How it’s not a voodoo hoodoo New Age theory, but rather an enlightening and spiritually strengthening way of life. The athletes were unanimous in declaring that yoga was a key component to their surfing success. I had the honor of teaching math to Coco Ho and Kiron Jabour when they were just thirteen years old at Kahuku Intermediate and High School. Then we were muscling through algebraic equations together. Fast-forward ten years when they walked into my yoga class as young adults and world class, professional surfers. Ho takes studio classes whenever she can, and when the Oahu native is touring, she signs into an online yoga resource where she can practice anytime, anywhere while traveling. Ho says yoga is a way of strengthening and conditioning the body. “Mainly, I’ve developed my core strength, but yoga also targets the intricate, subtle muscles you don’t even know exist,” the 24-year-old explains. “Yoga gives affection to the places in your body that get skipped at the gym or while surfing.”
Big wave guru Kohl Christensen is a dedicated yogi. He heard someone once say, “You’re only as old as your back” and has found yoga as a healing antidote and natural way of staying flexible. But Christensen doesn’t only use yoga for strength and stretching. The waterman believes the mental side is most intriguing and has made practicing yoga an integral part of his life, building a yoga deck on his off-the-grid farm in Waialua. Here, friends gather for early morning or sunset yoga sessions under the majestic gaze of Mount Ka‘ala. “The combo of loosening up my body, while trying to also shut off my brain is the biggest challenge for me in yoga and also the most appealing part,” he mentions. Christensen does yoga to be present and finds himself drawn to the slow and targeted Yin practice, where restorative postures are held for up to five minutes. “Yin yoga is the hardest for me, but I want to find the mental ability to practice it more regularly.” Overall, the balancing poses are Christensen’s favorite part of yoga, which makes perfect sense for a surfer. “The balancing postures are the most rewarding because I can shut down my brain more easily and concentrate on my breath, which forces me to be present. It happens when I surf, but only for a quick moment,” Christensen describes. “When you’re on the wave, whether it’s in the barrel or on a steep drop, you lose
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everything else. You’re mind turns off and your natural instincts take over. This is like meditation for me. And when I practice yoga, I can get there for longer periods of time.” One of the regulars on Christensen’s yoga deck is 2011 Billabong XXL “Ride of the Year” winner Danilo Couto. “Practicing with friends makes yoga even more beneficial and sacred,” Couto says. “You’re not competing—you’re just together and it’s like a yoga brotherhood.” Generally, Couto prefers more mellow yoga classes to balance out the intensity of surfing. “One of the biggest rewards of yoga is the meditation because it recharges the batteries. When I first started doing yoga, I was drawn to the physical challenges. But now, after many years, I appreciate the spiritual and quiet side of the practice.” Couto’s favorite pose is savasana, which in most classes is the final relaxation at the end. You lie on your back, rest your arms by your sides with your palms up, close your eyes, and feel the powerful benefits of the practice vibrating in your cells. Couto says, “You turn everything off and can feel all the stress drain away. You can feel the healing happen.” Like these talented surfers, yoga has become a part of who I am, even when I’m not standing on a mat. Yoga might not be a religion, but it is my church. It’s not supposed to be exercise, but it is my physical release. When I’m practicing, everything bad just dissolves. Yoga is not a drug, but I’m addicted to the way it makes me feel. I wish I could bottle it, clutch it to my heart, and be in a constant state of savasana. But it takes a daily commitment, a faithful resolve, and an unyielding love of Self. Yes, “self” with a capital “S.” The higher consciousness. The bigger, deeper, more aware You. It’s time to start practicing yoga and give back to You.
BACK TO BASICS WITH KIMI WERNER By Blake Lefkoe
don’t really feel that it should be man and the ecosystem because I don’t think that we are separate. I believe that man is part of the ecosystem. And realizing that helps me strive to find my place in it.” What does your vision for sustainability look like in regards to yourself, your community and the islands as a whole? “A community that knows how to work with nature and its natural resources responsibly while sharing. Finding balance in that harmony.” -- Kimi Werner
A few hundred years ago Hawaiians were a completely self-sufficient people, having no choice but to live one hundred percent sustainably. These days, ninety percent of our food is imported, and though we live surrounded by waters once stocked with fish, foreign catch accounts for well over half the seafood that ends up on our plates. The ocean that we love so greatly and derive so much enjoyment from is rapidly seeing its resources depleted. It is estimated that if the boats stopped running, the islands would be out of food in less than two weeks. But all is not lost. There are groups of people, organizations and individuals who are working to make our islands a more sustainable place to live and are determined to save our ocean from the irrevocable dangers it faces through educating the public, implementing laws and doing their part to help deal with these issues. Kimi Werner is one woman who is committed to creating change. Leading by example, the North Shore resident lives the most sustainable life that she can. Kimi was born and raised in rural Maui in a shack that was falling apart. She grew up watching her dad spear fish to put food on the table. As a young girl, Kimi foraged for fruit and gathered eggs from the family’s chickens. Through this “magical and fun” lifestyle, the environmentalist learned the importance of sustainability. And, because much of her childhood was spent outside, playing with animals and in the ocean watching fish, Kimi came to love communing with nature and realized that humans are not at the top of the food chain, but are merely a part of it.
Following in her father’s footsteps, Kimi began spearfishing as a teenager. It quickly became apparent that there were considerably less fish in the sea than there had been when she was a child. At first there were feelings of guilt, as though hunting was contributing to the problem. But after conservationists told her that even if she stopped fishing, the number of fish saved would still be insignificant, Kimi had a new realization. “If I got good to the point where people looked up to me, then I could set a really good example,” the waterwoman describes. “I could show people that you can be really good at spearfishing and still only come out of the water with just enough fish, with just what you need for that day.” So Kimi made the decision to focus on sustainable spearfishing. And then the local girl got really, really good. In 2008, Kimi won the National Spearfishing Championships and in 2013 was inducted into the Hawai‘i Freediving Hall of Fame. The accomplished lady holds the title of Patagonia Provisions ambassador and has received sponsorships from major companies like Patagonia, Maui Jim Sunglasses and Riffe International. But one of her biggest accomplishments, one of the most intense moments of her life, was swimming with a Great White shark. Incredible footage was captured of Kimi holding onto the shark’s dorsal fin as they glided together, and big name energy drinks and major TV networks fought to buy the rights to it. But Kimi wouldn’t sell them.
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Instead, she made a four-minute grassroots video called Variables, in which she talks about her passion for cooking, diving and art, as well as the importance of sustainability, communing with nature and merging hunting with conservationism. Many people do not understand how someone can be a hunter and a conservationist at the same time, but for Kimi, they are one and the same. “In order to hunt the animal I have to first know that animal; what it eats, where it lives… and through this I fall in love with this prey,” Kimi explains. “Today, people are so disconnected to their food source, they don’t even know what it means to be conservative.” Kimi believes that one of the best ways we can begin to change our mindsets and habits is to rekindle the connection we once had with our food - where it came from and the energy it took to get it to our plates. “When you know the energy it took it get that meal to your table, it makes you appreciate every single bite.” Kimi feels that knowing where our food comes from keeps us accountable and honest, especially when we know the people who grew, raised or caught it. “Hunting is my way of being honest about where my food comes from and because of that I have to conserve.” These days, most people don’t fish. We buy our groceries at Foodland and eat out at restaurants that import food from who-knows-where. More often than not, we have no idea where the food we’re eating came from. Kimi feels that people are simply unaware. “If the information of where things came from was available to the public, people would make more conscious decisions.” Kimi thinks menus in restaurants should give the story behind their ingredients and tell where the items came from. “We need to not only make this information available, but promote interest in it as well. People need to start taking a little bit of time to realize where their food came from.” Kimi also uses her passion for cooking as a way to work toward her goals of conservation and sustainability. “Everyone will find their own way to contribute, but for me cooking is a big part of it. I know it’s a way that I can make a huge difference. I know how to eat the whole animal and can make my food into so many more meals. I think if everyone knew that, sustainability wouldn’t be an issue.”
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“Being a close friend of Kimi’s and going out catching and gathering food with her so many times, sharing and having her prepare meals, I get to see it first hand,” describes Mark Healey, North Shore waterman and big wave surfer. “She really practices what she preaches. She uses every single part of any of the ingredients that are sourced and she’s very conscientious about gathering things and not taking too much fish or any kind of one resource.” Here in Hawai‘i, people spend an incredible amount of time in the water. When summer arrives on the North Shore and the ocean goes flat, many locals grab their masks and fins - sometimes even a spear - and go diving. Whether they’re free diving with the intention of catching dinner, or simply going for a swim to explore the reefs they surf above all winter long, they are enjoying an ecosystem that people like Kimi are working so hard to save. Like many of us, Kimi feels most at home in the ocean and thus is doing what she can to preserve it. An amazing role model, Kimi lives her dreams and passions, follows her heart and leads by example in the hopes to “spark the inspiration in people to do better things in life, whether it’s being more sustainable, being more conscious about things or just being happier, being more true to yourself.” When it comes to Kimi, there is much to follow. Whether it’s her opinions on conservation, practice of living out of a sense of gratitude and fulfillment, or just being true to oneself, there is no end to the lessons that can be learned. And maybe, if we begin to follow Kimi’s lead, we can start working toward taking better care of our islands, our ocean and each other.
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SURFASHION Hawai‘i is an international trendsetter, especially when it comes to swimwear. And why wouldn’t these remote islands in the Pacific garner worldwide attention? Locals pretty much live in their bikinis, surf in anything but a wetsuit, and find fashion inspiration in the raw elements of nature. Plus Hawai‘i girls are collecting the type of swimwear that suits their unique beach/surf lifestyle. When it comes down to fashion, function and current trends, we asked some of the girls that probably know best.
Fashion or function? It depends on the time and place. If you are in small playful waves, it can be a bit of both. If you’re competing in a heat then it’s definitely function. It’s important to be cute but at the right time!
Hawai‘i is a surfashion trendsetter because: All year around you can find beautiful swimwear being worn by talented and empowering surfer girls!
Stay covered or show skin? Definitely show a little skin. Too much coverage/fabric on your body can make areas look larger than they actually are. Less is definitely more when done right! Best new surfashion statement? Be your most confident sexy self in your bikini and don’t be afraid to show off your curves. 14
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Best new surf fashion statements? Cami and Jax one pieces paired with your favorite frayed jean shorts. Can’t go wrong with that look!
28 Best new surfashion statement? Lycra paddle suits because they are so functional and great for SPF protection. I’m most comfortable surfing/swimming in my: Body Glove Girl Breathe paddle suits! My best-kept fashion secret is: To dress for myself and not for others, and have fun doing it. 16
Camille Brady // Surfer // Owner, Designer // Cami and Jax
Fashion or function? Both! Nothing is better than feeling sexy and comfortable in your bikini while being able to surf, swim or just get your bronze on.
Stay covered or show skin? For me, I like to show a little skin because I’m half Brazilian and I think small bikinis are cute. But like I said, only when it’s the right time. For instance slow motion and small bikinis just don’t go together.
Hawai‘i is a surfashion trendsetter because: We rock bikinis year round, so we are always one step ahead of the trends. My best-kept fashion secret is: Wearing a one piece can be as sexy as wearing a two piece. 16
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SURFASHION Best new surfing fashion statement? Cropped long sleeve rash guards. Hawai‘i is a surfashion trendsetter because: Many people from all over the world are inspired by the lifestyle that the surfers and beach girls from Hawai’i live, and keep an eye out for all their latest surf/ fashion trends. 23
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Fashion or function? Both because you want a bikini that looks good but also stays on when you surf. I’m most comfortable surfing/swimming in my: Hurley Bikinis. My best-kept fashion secret is: Feeling comfortable whatever I wear. 23
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Volcom has launched their movie campaign for their new surf film, ‘Psychic Migrations’. Premiering September 17th in Cali and then again in October in Hawai’i, the film is highly anticipated. We know Volcom team riders like Dusty Payne, Mitch Coleborn, Yago Dora, Ozzy Wright, Gavin Beschen, Parker Coffin, Nate Tyler, Carlos Munoz and more will deliver the goods. Kelly Slater speaks out against SeaWorld as a proxy for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Aside from painting his Hawai’i quiver for the 2014 Triple Crown with orca-inspired art, Slater’s end-goal with speaking on behalf of PETA was to influence change in company policy and request the release of orcas that have been captive for 40 years or longer. However, the plan was stopped in its tracks when SeaWorld’s meeting organizers barred Slater from submitting the question. Brooklyn Dombroski joins T&C Surf. Brooke revealed on her Instagram: “So pleased to announce that T&C (@tandcsurf) adopted me into their legendary family!! Excitedly awaiting all of the fun projects we have in store for all of you. It's going to be a wild ride -follow along: @tcsurfshop @tandcsurf @gpangsurf.” Big news in Honolulu: Bishop Museum honors the legacy of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku in a special exhibit from August 8th - November 2, 2015 in the J. M. Long Gallery. This exhibit will illuminate the many facets of Duke as an Olympian, surfer, ocean hero, movie star, ambassador of aloha, and family man. This original Bishop Museum exhibit brings to life the truly Hawaiian story of Honolulu-born Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of his birth. Mark Healey launches subscription box for the action watersports community. Called the Waterman's Pack, founders Mark Healey and Kevin Tighe are beyond excited to announce the company and their first pack, which is curated by Mark and benefits the non-profit, Na Kama Kai. Every other month, Waterman’s Pack delivers a specially curated package for members with products that have been carefully chosen by world class watermen. A portion of proceeds from each pack benefits a non-profit selected by the curator. The goal is to provide members with the right gear, knowledge and motivation to spend more time in the water and have more fun doing it.
For the first time ever, the International Surfing Association (ISA) will be recognizing adaptive surf with their first Adaptive Surfing World Championships this September. AccesSurf has been running the adaptive surf competition during Duke's OceanFest for the past 8 years, which the ISA is modeling their event after. The competition this year will be August 25, 26 & 27th with adaptive surfers from around the world competing in 6 separate divisions. Cactus in Kailua and Hawai‘i Watercolor Society partnered up over 3 years ago, offering the unique pleasure of providing an “appetizer” of visual art to accompany the restaurant’s menu. One of many noteworthy local HWS members, Rebecca Snow, brings intriguing original artwork from her “Hawai‘i Surfer Series” to grace their walls. For more information about the Hawai‘i Watercolor Society artists, visit www.hawaiiwatercolorsociety.org. Rebecca Snow may be found at www.rebeccasnowart.com. The Haleiwa Arts Festival is back this July 18 & 19th! With over 140 visual artists, live music performances and grinds from local north shore eateries, the 18th Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival is a great way to spend a summer weekend in the beautiful surf town on Oahu’s North Shore. Waimea Valley presents Screen on the Green this summer, the perfect evening affair for families and keiki. Catch ‘Surf’s Up’ on July 16th, ‘Lilo & Stitch’ on July 30th, ‘The Jungle Book’ on August 14th and ‘Ratatouille’ on August 28th. Movies start at 7:30pm and there is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome. And don’t forget Waimea Valley’s 3rd Annual Concert Series is happening July 25th and August 22nd. Artist lineups and presale tickets can be found online at waimeavalley.net. See you there! The North Shore Swim Series (NSSS) kicked off on June 13th with their first event on the tour, the Aloha Salads Summer Sprint, from Sunset Beach to ‘Ehukai. There was a great turnout (800+ entrants) and swimmers were treated to some wild shore break action at the beach park. June 27th saw the Cholo’s Waimea Bay Swim take place in the clear waters of the bay, and on July 11th was the Jaco Chun’s to Waimea. Following will be the North Shore Soap Factory Lani’s to Puaena Point swim and lastly is the Jamba Juice North Shore Challenge. For more info, visit www.northshoreswimseries.com. Rolland
Zeke Lau joins the elite team at Quiksilver. “With some solid contest wins already nailed and currently making his mark on the QS, Zeke is one of the most powerful and talented surfers from Hawai’i,” posts Quiksilver on Instagram, along with a quick edit of the @haynsupahman showing serious flair in the water. Congrats Zeke!
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