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EDITOR’S NOTE By Cash Lambert Did you miss it? Did you miss the rumble of swell pounding the reef along the glorious 7-mile stretch known as the North Shore, the best surfers in the world rattling off 9 and 10 point rides in front of enthusiastic crowds at Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Pipeline, and rubbing shoulders with pro surfers in the checkout line at Foodland? Indeed, big is back on the North Shore. We can expect all of the aforementioned experiences and so much more for the 2016 winter season. We welcome you, dear reader, to this magnificent time of

the year with our annual collector’s issue: the oversized Bombucha Beach and Board Buyers Guide. We kick off the issue with news, including an update on our Staff Photographer Keoki. After being found face down in remote Indonesia, he was resuscitated and following days of travel, Keoki finally made it to appropriate medical care. “From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I was ecstatic to find out that I was given a chance to be normal again,” he said. “Just the simple fact that I will return to normal is a miracle.”

With the World Surf League Championship Tour entering into its final leg, we also talk story with Hawaii’s own Keanu Asing to find out what he’s learned on Tour this year. Enter Jamie O’Brien, Eli Olson, Kalani Chapman and Aaron Gold: these four tell us about their go to winter boards in our Winter Quivers feature, and you can thumb through the Board Buyers Guide after that in search of your next winter board, along with insight from shapers on how to choose the right shape for you.

Last but certainly not least, we spin off multiple Bombucha-sized features: Why WSL Broadcaster Kaipo Guerrero feels so comfortable talking story into a camera (page 80), what keeps Carissa Moore still striving to be the best even though she already has 3 World Titles under her belt (page 42) and a look at the inspiring artwork of Jeannie Chesser (page 82). All this, and so much more. After a year of waiting, the much anticipated Bombucha season is upon us. From us here at Freesurf, we hope you enjoy the magazine, and we’ll see you in the lineup!




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After nine days of world-class competition from September 17-25 in the Azores, Portugal, Team France emerged victorious at the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. The Team Gold Medal is the first for France in the history of the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship and the first in the Olympic Surfing era. Team France overtook Australia in the overall team rankings on the penultimate day of competition and didn’t let go on the Final Day. Team Australia finished with the Silver Medal, Team Hawaii - which consisted of Noa Mizuno, Cody Young, Koa Yokota, Kaulana Apo, Barron Mamiya, Finn McGill, Logan Bediamol, Wyatt McHale, Mahina Maeda, Brisa Hennessey, Summer Macedo, and Zoe McDougall - took the Bronze Medal. “Congratulations to the Team Gold Medalist, Team France, and the individual Gold Medalists Caroline Marks, Thomas Debierre, Brisa Hennessey and Weslley Dantas,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “These surfers will forever be the very first ISA Junior Gold Medalists in the Olympic Surfing era. As all the other ISA competitors, they surfed in true Olympic spirit and showed amazing team camaraderie as they competed for the honor of representing their countries. “A record-breaking 39 nations came together from around the world to surf in this history-making VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, for a phenomenal week of surfing and national pride. Since 1980, the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship has been the premiere stage for developing the future stars of our sport and this year is no exception. These Gold Medalists have burst into the spotlight and could be the first Olympic surfers ever at Tokyo 2020.” USA’s Caroline Marks (Girls U-16), France’s Thomas Debierre (Boys U-16), Hawaii’s Brisa Hennessy (Girls U-18) and Brazil’s Weslley Dantas (Boys U-18) were crowned the individual Gold Medalists, the first individual World Junior Champions in the era of Olympic Surfing. The Girls U-18 Final came down to the wire and was decided by Brisa Hennessy’s 6.50-point wave in the dying seconds. Hennessy catapulted herself into the Gold Medal position, overcoming Tahiti’s Vahine Fierro (8.26) who earned the Silver Medal. Costa Rica’s Leilani McGonagle (7.97) earned the Bronze Medal and France’s Juliette Brice (4.6) earned the Copper Medal. “It means so much to win the Gold,” Hennessy said. “My experience from last year’s event where I won the Bronze Medal helped me so much. I hope one day that I can use 20



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this experience get to the Olympics. That would be amazing. The ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is an amazing contest and I always look forward to the next one.” In the Boys U-18, Peru’s Alonso Correa made a last ditch attempt to surpass Brazil’s Weslley Dantas in the final seconds of the heat. Both surfers stood with their teams on the shore, anxiously waiting for the final scores to be posted. It turned out that Correa’s wave of 7.40 was not enough, falling less than a half point short of Dantas’ score. Dantas (13.34) retained his lead and earned the Gold Medal. Alonso Correa (13) earned the Silver Medal, France’s Colin Doyez (8.4) earned the Bronze Medal and Australia’s Harley Ross (7.74) earned the Copper Medal.

USA’s Caroline Marks built a demanding lead in the Girls U-16 Final with a heat total of 14.5 points and never looked back. Rounding out the heat was Australia’s India Robinson (7.93) with the Silver Medal, New Zealand’s Elin Tawharu (5.17) with the Bronze Medal and Great Britain’s Ellie Turner (2.44) with the Copper Medal. “It feels amazing to win the first Gold Medal of the event! This is my first ISA World Championship, so this win is really special to me,” Marks said. “My teammates helped me a ton. I worked really hard to get here and moving forward it is definitely a goal of mine to compete with all the world’s top female surfers.” France’s Thomas Debierre put on a performance during the Boys U-16 Final that would propel France to the Team Gold Medal. Debierre was able to fend off two Japanese teammates and finish with a heat total of 12.50. Australia’s Kyuss King (7.87) earned the Silver Medal, Japan’s Yuji Mori (7.53) the Bronze Medal and Japan Yuji Nishi (2.83) the Copper Medal. “I came here to win the title and that’s what I did. I am stoked that I won,” said Debierre. “This is a big step for me, for my Surfing and for getting to the Olympics.”


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“It’s great to have won here in the Azores,” said Dantas. “This tells all Brazilians that there can be many more World Champions from Brazil. “I think that I can be an Olympic surfer one day as well as many of the competitors that participated in this event.”





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2016 VISSLA ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS Girls U-16 Gold – Caroline Marks (USA) Silver – India Robinson (AUS) Bronze – Elin Tawharu (NZL) Copper – Ellie Turner (GBR) Boys U-16 Gold – Thomas Debierre (FRA) Silver – Kyuss King (AUS) Bronze – Yuji Mori (JPN) Copper – Yuji Nishi (JPN) Girls U-18 Gold – Brisa Hennessy (HAW) Silver – Vahine Fierro (TAH) Bronze – Leilani McGonagle (CRC) Copper – Juliette Brice (FRA) Boys U-18 Gold – Weslley Dantas (BRA) Silver – Alonso Correo (PER) Bronze – Colin Doyez (FRA) Copper – Harley Ross (AUS)

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Honolua Blomfield

On August 23, Nelson Ahina and Honolua Blomfield won the Duke’s Waikiki Kane/ Wahine Longboard Pro, a World Surf League Longboard Qualifying Series event on a beautiful Finals day at Waikiki Beach. The contest was a part of Duke’s OceanFest, a commemorative sporting series that honors legendary Hawaiian surfer and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku. This competition served as the Hawaii regional qualifier for the WSL Jeep World Longboard Championship, and while Ahina was pre-qualified for the Championship after his 12th place finish from last year’s event, Blomfield scored the sole regional spot in the Women’s division after her victory during the contest. The Men’s final came down to Ahina and defending event winner Kai Sallas. Ahina nabbed the first wave and scored an 8.0 and maintained the lead throughout the heat. With seven minutes left on the clock, Ahina used his priority to secure a 6.65 backup score and the win. “It was really nerve-wracking,” said Ahina. “It’s hard to go against Kai first of all, and just to be in the Final and have it on the line is even more pressure. It just feels good to get out of there and successfully win it.” Sallas, along with Ahina will travel to China in December to compete in the Jeep World Longboard Championship. “(This win) is a motivator,” continued Ahina. “I haven’t won one in a long time and this is my second event of the year, so it feels good that I’m on the right page. Next up is 26

Worlds… I know where I am so I’m really motivated to go to China this year.” In the Women’s division, Blomfield dominated the Final by taking an early lead with a 9.8 and 9.15 – the highest combined wave totals of the event. Blomfield, 17, was extremely controlled and maintained flow on every wave, which was rewarded by the judges with excellent scores. “I usually like to start off my heats by getting a wave, it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, just getting one on the board because then I feel more confident,” said Blomfield after the win. “I stayed on the inside to keep building my scores, and I was just having fun with it. There were good waves for our Final, and thirty minutes was perfect so I feel like it was fair and I just kept getting lucky with good waves.” The Haleiwa surfer won this event three years ago and has come head to head with Godinez in the Finals in the past. Another victory here was on the bucket list for Blomfield, and the athlete now finds herself with a seed into the World Championship. “This has been my goal to win this contest for the past few years, and I had to win it to make it to China so that’s what I’ve been working towards for a long time,” maintained Honolua. “I’ve been really psyching myself up for this contest so that I do well, I’m so happy… I feel like I’m on top of the world.”



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DUKE’S WAIKIKI LONGBOARD PRO RESULTS Men’s Final 1st – Nelson Ahina, $750 and 1,000 points 2nd – Kai Sallas, $350 and 750 points Women’s Final 1st – Honolua Blomfield, $750 and 1,000 points 2nd – Megan Godinez, $350 and 750 points Men’s Semifinals SF1: Nelson Ahina, Kaniela Stewart SF2: Kai Sallas, Ned Snow Women’s Semifinals SF1: Megan Godinez, Ashley Ahina SF2: Honolua Blomfield, Sally Cohen (USA) Men’s Quarterfinals (1st advances, 2nd-5th, $50 and 420 points) QF1: Nelson Ahina III, Duane DeSoto QF2: Kaniela Stewart, Makame DeSoto QF3: Kai Sallas, Laakea Davis QF4: Ned Snow, Maui Zack Meyers Women’s Quarterfinals (1st advances, 2nd-5th place, $50 and 420 points) QF1: Megan Godinez, Miku Uemura QF2: Ashley Ahina, Kelta O’Rourke QF3: Sally Cohen (USA), Tabatha Knudson (USA) QF4: Honolua Blomfield, Sierra Lerback (USA)

Men’s Round of 16 (1st and 2nd advance) H1: Nelson Ahina III, Kaniela Stewart, Scotty Fong Jr., Hiro Ito H2: Makame DeSoto, Duane DeSoto, Fritz Belmoro, Nick Alexander H3: Kai Sallas, Ned Snow, Micah DeSoto, Adam Lefebvre H4: Maui Zack Meyers, Laakea Davis, Andre Derizans, Keegan Edwards Men’s Round of 24 (1st and 2nd advance) H1: Scotty Fong Jr., Makamae DeSoto, Kevin Skvarna (USA), David Carvalho H2: Duane DeSoto, Kaniela Stewart, Koby Gilchrist (USA), Edrick Baldwin H3: Kai Sallas, Laakea David, Dino Miranda, Wesley Moore H4: Keegan Edwards, Micah DeSoto, Kaimana Takayama (USA), John Paul Kaleupa‘a Men’s Trials (1st and 2nd advance) H1: Micah DeSoto, David Carvalho, Len Barrow, Crispin Nakoa Women’s Round of 16 (1st and 2nd advance) H1: Megan Godinez, Kelta O’Rourke, Stacia Ahina, Summer Ivy H2: Ashley Ahina, Miku Uemura, Mason Schremmer (USA), Satoo Ukeguchi (JPN) H3: Sally Cohen (USA), Sierra Lerback (USA), Kelis Kalepaa, Nouko Furuie (JPN) H4: Honolua Blomfield, Tabatha Knudson (USA), Natsumi Taoka (JPN), Soleil Errico (USA) Women’s Round of 20 (1st and 2nd advance) H1: Megan Godinez, Miku Uemura, Tehani Hinkley H2: Sally Cohen (USA), Taoka Natsumi (JPN), Dominique Miller, Kailey Bogart

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REDBULL PARTY WAVE Under the watchful eyes of a judging panel that included two Olympians, a teenage SUP queen, and a surfing pig named Kama, 13 teams, equally brave and creative, caught waves in Waikiki aboard homemade crafts that took unusual shapes. These included a dual-propeller seaplane, a giant musubi on a floating bamboo plate, and - this year’s champion - an orange pterodactyl manned by blue-skinned, long-haired watermen straight out of the film Avatar.

wipeout that led the Blue Water Tribe to a landslide victory over their opponents. Hawaii Kai’s Tom Hintnaus, 58, Todd Carl, 43, and Wyatt Kam, 49 resurrected a successful Avatar look they’ve displayed in the past through the Hawaii Kai Festival of Lights Boat Parade, and dock builder Hintnaus was able to whip together the bright orange pterodactyl in just a week. During practice in Hawaii Kai, the board was easily cruising 200-300 yards.

The playful, rollicking nature of the Red Bull Party Wave on August 28 was the perfect conclusion to the 15th annual Duke’s Oceanfest, a late summer ode to Hawaii’s greatest waterman, Duke Kahanamoku. Each team entered in the contest was judged on the creativity and craftsmanship of their costumes and vessels, the showmanship and enthusiasm of their pre-wave skit, and their wave performance in the 15-minute heats. The Blue Water Tribe, the 2016 winners, pumped the crowd up with a Zumba dance Avatar skit, but they were up against stiff skit performance competition. Local hotspot Lulu’s Waikiki amazed with their “Lu-rassic” theme, which saw a man in an inflatable T-Rex costume attacking a teammate dressed as a goat, destroying a bamboo outhouse to attack an unsuspecting guy on the john. Despite such solid performances on the sand and in the water, it was a massive


But in slightly bigger swell at Queen’s Beach that Sunday morning, the prehistoric bird took an unexpected nose dive on the team’s second wave with Kam at the front of the board and Hintnaus steering at the back. “I got catapulted about 20 feet in front of the boat,” Hintnaus said about the wipeout that garnered 300 points from one judge. “Then the whole thing flipped, we lost a wing, lost the head, and lost the crew.” “It was quite refreshing,” Kam said about his unexpected face plant into the wave. “They just catapulted over me. We go big one way or another!” Here’s to inspiring the next generation of wave-riding weirdos.







On September 7, news broke that Keoki Saguibo had been injured while surfing in Indonesia. After pulling into a deep barrel, he was sucked over by the wave and thrown onto the surfboard, landing directly on his back. He was then found floating face down, revived and was stabilized thanks to Trevor Carlson and a team of volunteers, but he still had bubbles in his lungs and numbness in his legs and needed immediate medical attention. After a harrowing ordeal traveling from hospital to hospital in remote Indonesia, Keoki was subsequently air medevaced to Singapore. Back home in Hawaii, a GoFundMe was started on his behalf, and with his medical bills in tens of thousands of dollars, Keoki received significant financial capital from the surf community. “From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I was ecstatic to find out that I was given a chance to be normal again. Just the simple fact that I will return to normal is a miracle,” he said. Once he returned home about two weeks later, we caught up with him to see how he was doing. Always in good spirits, Keoki had this to say:

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“I’m so stoked to be home here in Hawaii. The drive back from the airport to my house, it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, the trip itself was a struggle. I hurt my back in 3 places, and it’s still very inflamed, very tight. But the bones are ok, there’s no fractures. And my lungs are back to normal. I have a lot of physical therapy to do, and walk with the assistance of a cane. “Trevor Carlson was an angel in disguise. From the water to the hospitals, he knew what to do. In some places, the doctors had no idea what to do so Trevor ran the show. If it wasn’t for Trevor, I don’t know if I would have made it. “I’m baffled how fast the community came together to help me out. To this day, there’s still donations coming in. I didn’t consider myself someone substantial in the surf community, but the surf community takes care of its own. Whatever capital I have left over, I’m going to give back to the community.

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JEFF HUBBARD WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE KELLOGG’S HAWAII BODYBOARDING PRO TOUR EVENT AT SANDY BEACH Jeff Hubbard, wielding his powerful arsenal of carves and airs, won his second straight Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour event on Monday, September 5 in 1-3 foot conditions at the Sandy Beach Challenge.

With the conditions, it was about who got the waves and who got the sections. Jeff is a smart competitor and is very capable. When you put those two together, he’s hard to beat.”

“Guys were ripping all day, and I was lucky to make it to the final against such a tough field,” Hubbard said. “I landed a solid air reverse and after getting a backup score, I felt confident.”

Other standouts included Kellen Yamasaki, who came out on top in a talented Juniors field consisting of Cordon Stapp, Tanner McDaniel and Kawika Kamai.

Hubbard won the Ala Moana Bowls Challenge on August 6. “These are the best competitors in Hawaii,” Hubbard said, “so it’s great to compete and come out on top.” The Sandy Beach Challenge was an unprecedented three-day event: the heats that did not run from the Ala Moana Bowls Challenge, due to a sewage spill near the contest zone, ran on the first day of action, with the second and third day consisting of the Sandy Beach Challenge. “This contest was an accomplishment of teamwork,” said Contest Director Ben Severson, noting that the two hurricanes that threatened to impact Oahu made planning extremely difficult. “We willed the competition to be,” said Tour Organizer Norm Skorge. “We really didn’t know what we were going to get,” said nine-time World Champion Mike Stewart. “We dodged both hurricanes, and the forecast on Saturday was epic.” With the win, Hubbard not only sits atop the ranks of the Kellogg’s Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour; He also leads the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour. “Right now, Jeff is the guy to beat. It wasn’t like he had a walkthrough to the final today,” continued Stewart. “There were other guys who stood out today. Keahi Parker and Tanner McDaniel, they were both in the Final. Kawika Kamai did well all weekend.


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Drop Knee Final 1 Kawika Kamai 2 Sammy Morretino 3 Mack Crilley 4 Joshua Trotter

Women’s Final 1 Karla Costa 2 Asako Shiotsuki 3 Jessica Becker 4 Aki Ogura

Stand Up Final 1 Mack Crilley 2 Dave Hubbard 3 Dayton Wago 4 Sammy Morretino

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Masters 1 Jimmy Hutaff 2 Drake Hawelu 3 Clint Munoz 4 John Kamai

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People often call Oahu the Heart of Hawaii, and Keanu Asing has proven he has more than enough heart to represent such an aptly-named island. Finishing at #20 during his 2015 rookie year on the World Championship Tour, he continues to battle ferociously at each stop of his second year while absorbing lessons from his past, present, and what lies just ahead. “You can’t really unscramble scrambled eggs. I feel like this is my second chance,” he said. “You can’t really be so hard on yourself — you’ve got to give yourself some leeway to try to work towards. The goal might come into fruition later on in the year or the following year, so you can’t give up on yourself yet.”

1 Give it your all, and never give up

Keanu learned early from his father that “if you’re gonna go, then do it full on” and to “never give up on trying.” As a surfer admired for his unbreakable tenacity, Asing embodies the never-give-up attitude he was raised with in Ewa Beach. “You’re never out of it until the heat’s over, so you always have a fighting chance,” he says. “If you know you gave it all you’ve got, that’s all you can do. You make the right decisions and give it your best and you leave it all in the water. I feel like that’s the best I can give.”

2 Guard what’s yours

To all WCT competitors: Keanu may be your friend, or he may be below you in the rankings, but he’s not going anywhere without a fight. “I feel like you have to be selfish. I learned that people don’t care about you on Tour, and they’re looking out for themselves,” Asing said. “We’re all grown men and everyone is on this tour for a reason, and I think every little bit of selfishness matters. You can be friends but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna let you have my job.”


3 Be here now

Keanu’s mentality of taking each moment and wave as they come loosely mirrors Bruce Lee’s inspirational speech of being like water: the 25-year-old possesses a flexibility and a presence that doesn’t lessen his power, but instead reinforces it. “You can’t really get too ahead of yourself. I try to stay focused in the moment…right now I’m just focused on the board I’m riding in the next heat,” he said. “The work never stops, it doesn’t get any easier. It’s constantly a challenge and you’ve got to be prepared for challenges every day at every event.”

4 Know when to bend and when to hold

Asing has the courage to be flexible when it counts, but also the foresight to know when consistency is key. He’ll bend when circumstances call for a shift in his goals, because successful people are always firmly in their own corner. “I feel like I worked hard enough to be here and I can’t let it go away that easy, so I really have to work hard and keep going. I had to switch up my goals and focus on new goals every four months,” he explained. What stays the same? His training (which is focused on remaining injury-free through total-body conditioning), his equipment (boards shaped by Wade Tokoro, who Keanu has proudly worked with for 15 years), and his mantra, Heart Over Height. “I live by it. Everyone still overlooks me, and that’s fine,” the 5’5” ripper said. “I’m glad they do, because I keep them wondering.”

5 Never stop learning

Whether he’s perfecting his bottom turn and forehand attack at Kewalos or watching old footage of Mick Fanning in Tahiti, Keanu is always open for more lessons. “I feel like doing your homework and applying that to your tools is very important,” he said. “You’re never going to be good enough. There’s always something you can be working on, so I’m just working on everything.”



Fall season is here, and with that comes an influx of international surfers experiencing the heavy swell on tap on the North Shore, the country lifestyle and the culture of Hawaii. Whether it’s in the lineup at Backdoor, the crowded food trucks or at Foodland, you’re bound to hear phrases used from the Hawaiian Pidgin, so we talked story with Kamalei Alexander to glean further insight into words and phrases used today.

Haole (hou-lee)

There’s two parts of the word. A’Ole is no, and ha means breath so it means no breath because of the introductory style of the European handshake. Foreigners didn’t greet the same as Hawaiians did - with their breath - so it means without breath. It’s not derogatory, this is misconceived. People often associate white people and tourists as haoles, but I don’t think Hawaiians had too many derogatory words in the first place.

Grindz (Grinds)

This is what you’re going to put in your mouth and grind up, I use it for food that is tasty. “Hey you wanna go grind?”

Choke (chohhhk)

Choke is a term used for a lot.

Bum bai

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FINS FOR MID-SIZED CONDITIONS DURING THE WINTER SEASON Choosing a set of fins can be tricky and often, the average consumer is overwhelmed by so much information. How does Matt Wright, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Surf Hardware International suggests a couple factors to consider when choosing the right fins? “Having a good standard baseline fin to compare everything to is a great starting point,” he says. “This gives you some frame of reference especially when conditions are always changing. Also make sure you are choosing the right size fin for your weight. Obviously a lot of us can be between the standard recommendations and easily ride a large fin when it seems like a medium is the best bet.” Another item to factor into the equation is the tail shape of the board. “A wider tail will naturally feel a bit looser and a large fin will help stabilize this,” he says. “A smaller fin will work better on a tail that is narrower. When it comes to the type of waves, a simple rule of thumb is the more upright the fin the more it will pivot and something to consider if the waves are punchier and hollow. If the wave is a bit more open face and you have a good open line to work with a more swept back fin is ideal allowing for more drawn out carves. Aside from fin size and template another key design element to keep in mind is the type of foil the fins have. A lot of fins in the market have a flat inside foil and this is something that most pros prefer as well. Not to say that a fin with inside foil or slight bevel on a fin is bad. It all comes down to how the fin transitions on turns. A flat foil gives a more abrupt tight transition where a more rounded foil will feel smoother and hold a turn longer. On a fin like Mick Fanning, he’s actually taken both of these elements and combined a flat foil with a slight bevel. I think this is in part of why the fin has been so successful and go to for a lot of guys on the CT and QS level.” “I prefer the FCSII AM thruster set,” says Seth Moniz. “It’s a solid all around fin. When it’s three feet you’re able to push really hard in critical sections and it holds its line, when surfing waves 8 feet and over it has a lot of drive and control. It’s the perfect fin for any size and type of surfing.”

This is used to mean later on. For example, a lot of people say bum bai you learn, which means sooner or later you’ll learn. If you said let’s go to work, a lazy man would say bum bai.



This is a term for “that”. So instead of saying this kid can eat a lot of food, you’d say “this buggah can grind.”


Lolo means kind of loopy, maybe not all there, not all present. “Haole was so lolo he didn’t know how to drive.”


Ono means good, and you can use it in all kinds of ways. I say “waves were ono, the grindz were ono.” There’s quite a few ways you can use it.


The description pertains to a girl who doesn’t speak good English, and acts like a bully.


Male version of a tita. “I try my best to not act like a moke.”


This is the Hawaiian style of yes mam and no mam, yes sir and no sir. It’s not calling someone old, it’s about respect. “Mahalo auntie for the grindz.”


Seth Moniz















Available at Hi-Tech surf shop





THE SURFRIDER FOUNDATION’S JOHN KELLY AWARDS PARTY The awards fall into three categories: Pro Surfer, Environmentally Friendly Company and Lifetime Achievement. This year’s winner of the Pro Surfer Award is the bold yet humble big-wave charger Greg Long. Besides winning the ‘Eddie’ and countless other contests around the world, he also serves as an Ambassador for the Surfrider Foundation. Former winners include Kelly Slater, Dave Rastovich, Rochelle Ballard and Crystal Thornburg-Homcy. The award for Environmentally Friendly Company will be presented to Kailua Beach Adventures, which has championed the fight against plastic pollution. The company is a leader in the eco-tourism industry and really walks the talk by educating all of their customers about how to reduce their plastic footprint. Past awards have gone to progressive companies like RevoluSun, Patagonia, Team Real Estate and Kona Brew Company.

As the North Shore roars to life with giant swells each winter, the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter prepares to host its annual John Kelly Awards Party. This year’s event will take place on Sat., Nov. 12th, just in time to kick off the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The theme for this year’s party is Long Live the Beach! The awards dinner is held at Waimea Valley, a perfect setting for the party because Surfrider was one of the groups that helped save the valley from developers who wanted to build private luxury homes there. Now in its 14th year, the party is named in honor of legendary waterman and big-wave pioneer John Kelly, founder of Save Our Surf, who won the first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.

For the Lifetime Achievement Award, this year’s winner is Cynthia Thielen, who has been fighting for the environment for decades. As an attorney, Thielen helped stopped the bombing of Kaho’olawe. As representative for Kailua in the State Capitol, she has been a strong ally in the fight for renewable energy, coastal protection and preservation of our natural environment. Former winners include Denise Antolini, Mark Cunningham, Cora Sanchez and Peter Cole, who helped start the Oahu Chapter. As part of a new national campaign called Long Live the Beach, Surfrider’s chapters in Hawaii and across the country are celebrating all those who are committed to protecting our coastal areas. So come to the Oahu Chapter’s John Kelly Party on Nov. 12th, raise your glass and help us proclaim, Long Live the Beach! For more info or to reserve tickets, go to JohnKellyAwards.com. For more info or to reserve tickets, go to JohnKellyAwards.com.



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And many more! Reservations Specialist

SEAN WALKER sean@worldsurfaris.com

(877) 617-1328

By Cash Lambert

Nearly than 10 months ago, Carissa Moore was standing on the cliff overlooking Honolua Bay with tears streaming down her beaming face. “I feel like I have so much work to do today still, I wasn’t even thinking about it,” the Honolulu native said after learning that she had won the 2015 World Title race, giving her a third World Title in her illustrious surfing career. “I’m so thankful. It’s really special to be here at home and to have the support of my family.” Fast-forwarding to 2016, it’s obvious that this year has been a different season for the 24-year-old, and she’s the first to admit it. “I feel like this year, I haven’t gotten results I wanted but I feel like I’ve been the happiest with my performances,” she said. “I’ve really been pushing my surfing.” As of September, Carissa has yet to win an event, but she has been extremely consistent with her Championship Tour results: scoring third at the first four events, followed by a ninth at the Fiji Pro and a fifth at the Swatch Women’s Pro. When we met up on a warm Tuesday morning, Carissa’s demeanor was striking as she watched those in a crowded lineup battle for waves at Kewalos. Her body language looked relaxed, and she didn’t seem to be stressed, worried, or lost in her own thoughts. She was bubbly, glowing and, most of all, “excited to stir up some trouble” going into the final event of the season in December: the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay. At the outset of the 2016 World Surf League Championship Tour, what was your focus? My biggest focus was being more self aware. I’ve been performing out of a place of love, because when I come from a place of love, that’s when I perform at my best. I want to perform at my core me.That’s been my challenge, and I know the rest of the results will fall into place. I really felt like I needed to focus on relaxing and not stressing. I’ve been this way for so long, and I think if I keep continuing down the path of overthinking and stressing and self doubt, I’ll burn out fast. I want to have fun in my career, and when I have fun, I’m focused on myself and perform at my best. So how has 2016 been different for you? This year has been interesting, there’s been new challenges and new things to learn. I’ve been embracing self awareness and trying to let things go, along with going with the flow and validating myself. That’s been the theme of this year so far. Competitively, I haven’t won any events, but I’ve been happy with my performances. I’m loving what I’m doing, and I’m happy in and out of the water. What were your biggest struggles this year, and how have you faced those struggles head on? I feel like this year I’m performing at my best, but I haven’t seen the results. It’s hard to validate myself and not hear it from everyone else. If you win an event, that’s what’s remembered and all the other performances are left behind. It’s being able to look at myself, give myself a pat on the back, move on and let go and not be too hard on myself. I know that things are supposed to be how they’re supposed to be, and it’s important to have faith in that.

Kirstin / WSL


Sloane / WSL How do you balance Tour life, which requires so much of your time, with your personal life? Finding that balance is so important. It’s great to get my mind off surfing and competition, and that’s the best thing about my ` Luke. We hardly talk about surfing. We talk about life and love, as cheesy as that sounds. Besides my Dad, Luke is my fiance, number 1 supporter. He’s willing to be adaptable to my schedule and travel with me. He’s seen me at my worst, when I’m most down and through the highs. He’s been with me through everything. Speaking of your father, it’s well known that you’re close with your Dad. As you’ve grown older, how has your relationship with him evolved? He pushed me into my first wave, he’s never left my side. He’s my rock. It’s been about finding a balance of coach and Dad. I don’t like criticism from my Dad, I want to hear he’s proud of me. So we’ve grown, the balance of our relationship has gone more smooth. There’s still days where we clash. He’s come with me to the majority of events. He’s been slowly weening himself out and giving me wings to fly. You’re 24 and you’ve already accomplished so much: 3 World Titles and so much more. With all those achievements, what is your motivation today? I love what I do. I love being in the ocean everyday, waking up with a purpose and a challenge to be better and surf better. I love the challenge of competing, working so hard for one moment and seeing it pay off. It’s what I crave and strive for. I love performing and seeing people stoked... It’s been an amazing life. I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world and meet awesome people, and the experiences I’ve had make me want to do it more. I feel like I’ve grown so much as a person through this whole journey.

Ryan Miller Ryan Miller


What is it like having so many homegrown Hawaii gals on Tour? It’s awesome to see the Hawaii girls on Tour now. Alessa Quizon is one of my best friends, she’s actually going to be a bridesmaid. Malia Manuel and Coco Ho are great, we grew up together. I didn’t grow up with Tatiana Weston-Webb, she’s a generation behind me. She surfs really well, and I’ve gained so much respect for her. It’s great to see all the girls pushing it. How has your strategy changed as you’ve become a vet on Tour? It’s weird to think I’m a vet on tour. This is my 6th or 7th year, and yeah I think the approach is different. All the venues, I’ve been there several times so I don’t

the next. It’s about competing and competing hard, the biggest positive change is that we’re able to separate competition from life. We all hang out and enjoy each others company. I have to admit all the girls on Tour are really awesome girls, and it’s an honor to be around such good energy.

How has the Women’s Tour changed since your first year?

Who do you think will win the Men’s Tour?

Women’s surfing is really exciting at the moment. I feel like everyone is excited to compete and do things better than the next person. As competitors, we’re all taking it as a positive thing, we all want to do something different and better than

I really like a lot of the guys on Tour. I really want John John Florence to win, I’m his biggest fan. He’s a humble, good human and I think he’s all about surfing and performing and showing what he’s got. It seems like he’s doing it for the right reasons, too.

Ryan Miller

have to go days ahead of time. I’ve created relationships with coaches in those places and I feel comfortable at each event. Every event is a clean slate, and I feel like I have to work just as hard and prepare just as hard. I never want to lose that, because you have to stay on your toes.

Should Kelly Slater retire?

In December, all eyes will be on Honolua Bay, where you won your World Title last year. What is that event going to be like for you?

No! I think he’s surfing really, really well. Why not do it as long as you can? What advice would you give to the wahine in Hawaii? My mentality has gotten me to where I am today. One of my biggest fears is to never get complacent. I’m always looking at myself and questioning what I’m doing. At a certain point, you have to let go and be determined and passionate, but you can’t control everything. That’s when you let go and have faith.

The venue is spectacular, it’s a powerful barreling right hand point break at times can be playful. It’s one of my favorite waves in the world. No matter what, I’m going to be excited to surf with only one other person out there. I’ll either still be in the title race and have pressure, or I’ll be excited to stir up some trouble. pau

Sean Reilly



Sizing up the go-to winter boards of Eli Olson, Kalani Chapman, Aaron Gold, and Jamie O’Brien.

KALANI CHAPMAN “THE CLIFFHANGER” Dimensions: 6’10” x 19 ¼ x 3 “This board makes me feel comfortable out in big surf. The thickness helps it float, and when I’m in the water, I have a lot of paddle power. A 6’10” isn’t the smallest board, but it’s a good size to fit in the curvature of the wave. It’s good for late drops, it’s good for paddling and the board gets a lot of speed when you have low entry rocker. I call it the Cliffhanger...you can count on it to make the drop if the wave is makeable. “It’s a few years old, and I’ve received a lot of coverage on this board. I wouldn’t say it is a magic board, there’s still some changes I want to make to it. It has a thinner tail, which helps with late drops and that’s the kind of board you need at Pipeline since you take such a late drop. “This board represents all the knowledge over the years, I’ve tried to pack all I know into this board. It gets the job done. “Bret made a bunch of boards for Sion years ago, and Sion had a lot of blue in his boards. The color of this board is a tribute to Sion, and yeah this board has gotten me through a lot of heavy situations where I thought I was finished, but I hung on and so did the board. “The best advice I have is to try and get a board that’s for the wave you’re surfing. If the spot is windy or glassy, all that matters. My theory has always been certain boards, certain waves. Don’t give up on a board too quickly, because there’s a lot of factors and there could be something else at play.”


Dimensions: 10’2” x 20 ¼ x 3 ¼ “This is a board I’ve refined over the years. I’ve been playing with volumes and refining the outline, so I know what the board is going to do every single time. I can take off on a wave on a brand new board and it will perform the same as the ones before it.

“I’ve been using the Dakine Peahi leash, and to date I haven’t broken one. It looks like a fire rope and some guys don’t like the dynamics... I don’t like the quick release but I fine tune the leash. The Dakine leash is standard.

“The tail shape on this board is more narrow than most guys ride in Hawaii. I have a lot of V, which helps with its turnability.

“I have a cross on all my boards. That’s my faith and what I believe in. I know God’s out there watching over me, and my faith is what’s important to me. The design is a constant reminder for me to remember and represent what I believe.

“Talking about fin setups, a lot of guys are riding quads. I’m dabbling with that, but I’ve always stuck with thruster setup. If I take off on a wave, I don’t get any tricky new things. My boards are solid, I know where my foot is going to be and I’ve used the same fins since I was a kid.

“I’ve shaped and glassed these boards. I love shaping, I’m not mass producing boards. At some point, I’d like to get into that, but for the time being I enjoy making my own and having a relationship with the board so that I know exactly what I changed.

“Chasing waves is hard enough, so once you get a board that works for you, you fine tune it. There’s years of compilation into this board, although I’m still making changes, some epoxy and some crazy stringers. But for guys that chase big swells, we stick with what works.

“It’s pretty hard to find a magic board off the bat. Every surfer surfs a little different. It’s important to go into it knowing your strengths and weaknesses. It is also important to stick with shapers who have been shaping for a long time. We have great shapers here in Hawaii, and it’s about finding the right fit for you.”

Christa Funk



Brent Bielmann

ELI OLSON THE GO-TO WINTER BOARD ON THE NORTH SHORE Dimensions: 6’8” x 18 5/8 x 2 5/16 “This is the all around board because it’s not too big, and it’s not too small. From the average solid swell at Pipe, Haleiwa, Sunset...for all the main breaks on the North Shore, this board has enough volume to power through these waves. It’s not too big to fit in a barrel or tight pocket. It’s my go to all around board. “It varies in each season how many boards you break. This one made it through the El Nino winter. Some winters you’re super lucky and you break just a couple, and other winters you have shockers and break 15 to 20 boards. There’s even sessions when you break 3 boards back to back to back, and it seems like no matter what you do you can’t save them. At Sunset and Pipe, everyone wants to bail during big sets. I usually duck dive and do backflips, cartwheels but I hang onto the board. They last 10 times longer than if I bail. I may have to bite the bullet and get dragged halfway to the beach, but I’ll take one for my board. “If this board breaks, the game plan is to have its twin brother or twin sister waiting for me, polished and ready to go. “I’ve always been a fan of Futures for fins. They have so many varieties and are easy and quick. I like FCS too. These are John John’s signature fins, and I honestly use them in 2 foot Rockies to 10-12 foot Pipeline. They work, and I like to keep things simple. When it works, it works. “I’ve been going with the color orange for the past few seasons. Everyone does their own air brushes to make their design, and I feel like the color orange pops on a beautiful blue wave. I got a cover of Freesurf on an orange-colored board, and the color was bouncing off the wave. It looked so nice to me, so I decided to make it my color.”

JAMIE O’BRIEN’S NON-FIBERGLASS QUIVER “My CatchSurf Odyssey longboard is good for step offs, and when you feel like being a longboarder at Pipe. The fins are some new kind of technology in that they bend, which makes it more fun, but also more difficult. The board paddles so good, and to see the wave coming at you, you know it’s going to be a challenge. Everything works with it, there’s room to move, and it makes the ideal setup. “The bully board, it’s the ultimate boogie board. I don’t weigh enough to ride it myself, we usually throw the boys on it. I can’t get on rail, again I’m too light, but this board is really fun. The guys at Makaha kill it on these boards and I thought I’d get one and it would work. I like trial and error, and this board offers a lot of that. “I’ve been getting into kayaking lately. We have a two man kayak, also one man. They work good for bridge drops, air dropping and for other fun things at Waimea. It’s an awesome piece of equipment. “My 5’6” Skipper signature model, this goes perfectly with the 8’0” Odyssey board transfer. At 8-10 foot Pipe, you get in early enough and do the board transfer, come off the bottom and sometimes the board will go into 20 pieces. I haven’t gotten the wave I’ve wanted on this board yet, so it’s still a work in progress.


“The best thing to tell kids looking to add any of these in their quiver is go buy it, it’s all fun. If you can’t enjoy these things, I don’t know what you’re doing wrong.”


Shane Dorian


Photo: John Hook







Mikey Bruneau

Photo: Laserwolf

Fred Patacchia

Photo: Tony Heff

Kiron Jabour

Photo: Brent Bielmann

Ulu Napeahi

Photo: Tony Heff

Tory Barron

Photo: Tony Heff

Besides surfing, there’s no other sport where its participants are as tuned into their equipment. We, as surfers, know not just the dimensions of our surfboard’s length, width and thickness, but also the ingredients that go into making it. What also makes our beloved sport so unique is that while other sports - from mainstream to action - essentially have the same equipment, surfing does not. John John Florence’s go to board may have similar dimensions to other competitors, but it’s certainly not the same as Mick Fanning’s or Kelly Slater’s. And the boards of these three icons are certainly different from what you ride at your favorite North Shore spot. In the following pages, we pay homage to this uniqueness, showing you the news and greatest surfboards available today, also exhibiting the endless possibilities for your next winter board. We also talk story with a host of talented and legendary shapers that call Hawaii home on multiple topics - Glenn Pang (T&C Surfboards), Kimo Greene (Kimo Greene Surfboards), Eric Arakawa (Eric Arakawa Designs), Robert Patterson (Surf Design Hawaii), and Glenn Minami (Minami Surfboards) about the advantages of shaping in Hawaii, what direction the future of shaping is headed in, and how to find the middle ground between performance and durability. Good luck finding your next winter board!

Ryan Chachi Craig


Glenn Minami Surfboards / Jackson Bunch Photo: Dyanidhi Das

HIC / Josh Moniz Photo: Tony Heff

What's the most gratifying aspect about shaping, from the shaper’s perspective? Glenn Pang: First, getting to shape and ride my own boards. When it comes to getting a new board, I still feel like a grom. I can never wait to get the board in the water, especially if it is a totally new design. The other would be seeing one of our riders doing well in the contests on one of my boards. It's like validating all of the work that goes into designing and fine tuning of the board. Kimo Greene: I help surfers become better surfers. That is what it is all about, along with keeping an open mind and visualizing how it comes together. Eric Arakawa: Seeing people stoked on their boards. And if you can make a living at it, that’s the icing on the cake. You can make relationships all over the world, too. Robert Patterson: I love when I have a shape or design for a board in my mind and, for the most part, everything goes according to plan and a surfer or myself rides it and the board performs just as good if not better than hoped for.

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demarco surfboards Speed Fish

Shaper: Joe DeMarco 6’2” x 19” x 2 1/2” V: 30.6L Fin System: Five Fin futures or fcs2

Shaper: Joe DeMarco Dimensions/volume: 5’10” x 20 1/4” x 2 5/8” V: 35L Fin System: twin fin set up, glassed on or removable

The only campaign you need to worry about right now is your winter campaign, and with that you need the right board. The Campaign model is built to handle the toughest winter conditions and give you the confidence you need to charge bigger waves and get deeper on those waves. Available in Epoxy Prolite construction, which creates bright, light, and responsive boards with added durability. (808) 220-6822 Info@demarcosurf.com www.demarcosurf.com @demarco_surfboards

This high volume, low rocker design is the perfect blend of soul and style. This board generates massive amounts of speed and drive in the open face, and with the deep swallow tail and twin fin setup really turns on a dime. Custom resin tints and graphics printed in house are available. The possibilities are endless… (808) 220-6822 Info@demarcosurf.com www.demarcosurf.com @demarco_surfboards

Glenn Minami F-2 Plus F-2 PLUS (Silver Board) Wave Size: Double overhead Tail: Round, Round Pin Board Size: Up to 6’11 Description: This silver F-2 Plus is a 6’8 Rounded Pin built for waves in the double overhead range. The bottom rocker is very well balanced giving you a very smooth ride through solid turns, with great acceleration. Slight full to double concaves provide great down the line speed. You can depend on the F-2 Plus when your shorter board just won’t cut it! www.minamisurfboards.com gnminami@gmail.com 808 387-9875

Glenn Minami F-2

Hawaiian Island Creations Springer

Kimo Greene Longboard

Wave Size: Up to double overhead Tail: Squash, Swallow, Round, Round Pin Board Size: Up to 6’5” Description: The F-2 pictured is a 6’2 step-up for waves of head high to double overhead. It’s an all-around performance model that will suit 99% of surfers and will perform well in nearly all conditions. The bottom is a blended full to double concaves making it nice and fast. The F-2 is a super versatile model that gives you a smooth ride and has that perfect blend of drive and looseness.

Eric Arakawa Length: 5’10” Width: 18.75” Thickness: 2.31” Volume: 27 Liters

9'0" 22" wide 2 3/4" thick 2 plus one or 5 fin

The Springer is a versatile small wave board designed to combine the speed, drive, and stability of a fish with the vertical maneuverability of a highperformance short board. It has a full outline and low rocker combined with a double concave on the bottom that transitions to a single concave through the fins. This increases traction and drive under the front foot, and creates a “clean zone” of high-speed water flow through the tail section. The Springer is super quick and has a “tail free” feeling on top turns. This model adapts well from a 3-fin to a 4-fin set up. Ridden by Joel Centeio & Leila Hurst. Available at HIC’s Ala Moana, Kailua, Haleiwa, Maui Mall, Lahaina & Hilo stores.

Great all around board Fast and loose The Honolulu Model is a keeper.

www.minamisurfboards.com gnminami@gmail.com 808 387-9875


I support our troops. Always 20% off for all active duty military personnel. Team riders: Tia Blanco, Shiulina Wu (808) 841.5466 Kimosurfer@yahoo.com Kimogreenesurfboards.com

RJ Surfboards / Robin Johnston Photo: Laserwolf

T&C Surf / Billy Kemper Photo: Tony Heff

Is there any advantage to being a shaper in Hawaii? Any disadvantages? Glenn Pang: Being a shaper based in Hawaii allows us to perfect our big wave boards a little more than other shaper based elsewhere, given that we have some of the best and consistent big wave spots in the world. On the other hand, there are so many different types of boards that we have to try and perfect, from small wave high performance boards to big wave guns and everything in between. Design wise, I think sometimes we forget about that grovely board. Eric Arakawa: The disadvantage is that we are remote, we have to pay more for materials but to me it's worth the price. This is home, we get the highest concentration of swell in the world. Glenn Minami: Hawaiian shapers have an advantage when it comes to designing bigger guns. But not having smaller waves all year around makes it a little harder to experiment on shorter board ideas. Summer or South Shore surf season is when I do most of my experimenting with little boards and grovelers.

Kimo Greene The Ahi

Kimo Greene Surfboards

RJ Surfboards The Claimer

9’6” 32” wide 4 1/2” thick


"The Claimer" was Born in celebration of today's compact performance shortboard. With single to double-concave, medium-full rails, medium rocker and a slightly fuller outline "The Claimer" is volume adequate and forgiving. Specializing in turning in the pocket or above the lip this model provides remarkable performance for small to medium size surf and shines when pushed past critical. Ride quad or thruster. Dimensions and tail design can be customized. Stringerless construction and Hemp cloth inlay available. $420 for Poly $505 for Epoxy

The Ahi. SUP Is a wave catching machine I support our troops. Always 20% off for all active duty military personnel. Team riders: Tia Blanco, Shiulina Wu (808) 841.5466 Kimosurfer@yahoo.com Kimogreenesurfboards.com

6’ to 10’ Width & thickness vary on surfers’ ability. Shaped by Kimo Greene The Ulua is a more advanced board that gets in early and gives you wave count to make your day. All the fish boards that I make are hand shaped by me. Go Hawks. I support our troops. Always 20% off for all active duty military personnel. Team riders: Tia Blanco, Shiulina Wu (808) 841.5466 Kimosurfer@yahoo.com Kimogreenesurfboards.com

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Surf Design Hawaii BMS

T and C Surf Smokebomb

JC Hawaii Stingray

Shaper: RP

Shaper: Glenn Pang Dims: 5'10" x 19 x 2 3/8 Vol. 29.1

in Varial Foam. 5’6’’ x 18.7’’ x 2.2”

Specs: 5'6" x 19 1/4" x 2 5/16" 450$ The BMS (Bali Moped Survivor) as the name implies is the only one in the quiver to survive one harrowing escape after another, incident free while strapped to the side of a moped on the busy streets of Bali. Is it because of its short, squat stature and how well it fits the rack? Who knows... One thing for sure is that its def a good call to throw in the bag for your next Bali adventure. #monkeytales2 808 936-1316 www.surfdesignhawaii.com IG: @surf_design_hawaii

Hybrid user friendly all around short board. Can be ridden from 2' to double over head. Has a deep single to double concave with a round tail. Also comes with the five fin set up to be ridden as a tri fin or quad. Good for all different type of waves! www.tcsurf.com @tcsurfboards

Our version of the modern fish. Short, wide, loose and SUPER FAST. A flatter rocker and single concave make this fish best for a more linear approach to surfing. Varial Foam adds performance and durability, utilizing a highly engineered core for a faster, lighter and stronger results. This boards works in just about anything from knee high to head high. shop.varialsurf.com

JC Surfboards / Shane Dorian Photo: Tony Heff

Is the future of shaping going to be design improvements or changes in materials, or both? Glenn Pang: There are always new design and material improvements, some might be revolutionary and some the average person might not even notice. To me, there is always a better board out there. I'm never satisfied with where we’re at, I'm always looking to the next best thing, whether it be in design or construction. Eric Arakawa: Both. Materials will force us to change designs, and it's starting to happen. We’re already working on some things right now. Glenn Minami:Improvements have been coming out more with designs than with materials. There have been a lot of really good material changes, but unless the pricing is more equivalent to normal PU pricing, it ends up being uncompetitive in the long run. Design improvements are always taking place, and they are then being incorporated in whatever materials being used. Surfboard factory Outlet / Makana Pang Photo: Tony Heff

Surfboard Factory Outlet El Gordito

Surfboard Factory Outlet Evolution

Surfboard Factory Outlet Stone Fish

Shaper: Kim Purington Dimensions: 5’8 x 19 ½ x 2 3/8

Shaper: Dennis Pang Dimensions: 9’0 x 30 x 4 3/8

Shaper: Marcello Vercelli Dimensions: 5’10 x 19 ¼ x 2 5/16

This is your “go to” board for small to medium surf. Lower nose rocker and fuller outline make for easy paddling. Moderate tail rocker with single oncave is great for top to bottom surfing or barreling waves. “El Gordito” is the perfect board for waves you surf most of the time. 808) 543-2145 sales@ surfboardfactoryoutlet.com FB surfboardfactoryoutlet IG surfboardfactoryhawaii

An SUP designed and built in Hawaii for Hawaiian waves is essential to having the most fun here. Feedback from some of the best SUP surfers helped me evolve a fast, stable, and highly maneuverable sup. Having the proper outline, deck, foil, rocker, and bottom contour (single concave to double barrel vee off the tail), makes this an exceptional SUP. The “Evolution” can be found at SFO. Stock and custom boards available. 808) 543-2145 sales@ surfboardfactoryoutlet.com FB surfboardfactoryoutlet IG surfboardfactoryhawaii

Stone Fish has a wider outline and relaxed nose rocker for easier paddling. Bottom contour consists of slight vee through the entrance, to a single concave in middle, to double concaves flowing thru and off the tail. With aggressive tail rocker added, this board turns on a dime! The groove rails are a plus. They keep volume off the rails, but keeps volume in the middle of board where needed for maximum power in your turns. 808) 543-2145 sales@ surfboardfactoryoutlet.com FB surfboardfactoryoutlet IG surfboardfactoryhawaii

Anarchy VERT Aluminati Skateboards Aluminati Skateboards teamed up with Drew Brophy for the latest release of their artist series, which features an original design by Drew presented on a wingnut cruiser. Inspired by dovetail surfboards, Aluminati’s wingnut is perfect for carving the streets when the water is flat. Get yours at www.aluminatiboards.com

Anarchy Angel

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STEPHANIE BOINAY ART "Aloha Shores" Paradise Trucker Hat Bring ALOHA along wherever life takes you with our Paradise Trucker Hat! Features vibrant, full sublimated artwork and an adjustable snap-back. Perfect for the beach! Available in "Ocean Blue" & "Plumeria Pink". $35 www.stephanieboinayart. com FB: Stephanie Boinay Art IG: @stephanieboinayart

Cholos / Coco Ho Photo: Sean Reilly

What are the differences between shaping for an average surfer versus a pro surfer? Glenn Pang: For the average surfer, sometimes volume will be one of the most important aspects of the board. At times, a little more volume in the board will help it be a little more forgiving whereas the pro will be looking more for performance. For most of the pros, they know exactly what they are looking for as compared to the average surfer who might be looking for suggestions on what to ride.

What’s the middle point between performance and durability? Glenn Pang: It all depends on each individual surfer as far as durability. Some guys want their board to last forever and some guys are looking just for the best performance. Personally, I'm more for performance. When a board is glassed lighter, it becomes more sensitive and you can feel more of what the design is about. FCS / Kolohe Andino Photo: Mike Latronic

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D’Blanc D’Blanc Made for Vissla Deep 6

FCS FCSII KA (Kolohe Andino Signature Fin)

Description: A true celebration of the craftsmanship shared between board building and sunglass design. Inspired by Vissla’s 7 Seas Collection, the sunglass frames were built with a Matte Black Exterior and 7 gloss stripes on each temple. As a compliment to the black materials of the front of the frames, we left a reveal of the natural beauty of the rich colors in the leopard acetate down the side and top profiles. $110.00

Kolohe’s style of surfing is fast and explosive. Available as a thruster in medium and small. Flat inside face on the side fins. High sweep angle, moderate curve in the tip. Constructed out of reliable Performance Core (PC) material $120.00 surffcs.com @fcs_surf

Empire Bodyboard Empire Botha PP LTD Bodyboard

Empire Bodyboard VS Houston Kinetic PP Bodyboard

Empire Bodyboard Ally Swim Fins

Designed and ridden by 2x World and Pipeline Champion Andre Botha. This board features PP Core, Surlyn Slick, CFT Stringers, Nose Bulbs, Deck Contours, Graduated Channels and an ISS option for optimal performance.

The Houston is designed around the current APB World Champ’s proven performance and style. His template combines with various core options allowing you to choose a board suitable for all conditions. Jared Houston’s fresh VS boards are available now.

Ally Floating Swim Fins are the perfect combination of comfort and power. Made of the finest quality natural rubber. Its soft foot pocket and stiff blade reinforced with two rods combine for maximum thrust and acceleration in the water.

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Your hands need armor too! Fret no longer about getting hands-on with your lobsters and fish with Hammerhead Spearguns’s Dentex NT gloves, woven from extra-tough and flexible Dentex fibers and dipped in Nitrile for added heat and chemical resistance.

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Kicker / Jamie O’Brien Photo: Tony Heff

Science Bodyboards / Mike Stewart Photo: Keoki

What's your advice to the average surfer who wants a solid, durable winter board? Glenn Minami: As far as structure, using thicker stringers and glassing it stronger would help. But my advice would be that you ride the appropriate board that has the right length and volume so you don’t get caught inside as much. And with the right board you’ll make more waves therefore less chance of breaking.

Any new innovations in the shaping pipeline? Kimo Greene: There’s a lot of changes to fin placement, adding extra boxes. Above all, R&D is the answer to the future. Robert Patterson: There are all kinds of different new shapes and designs coming out, but most seem like they have been done already in one way or another, just a few little tweaks here and there to suit today's surfing. It all depends what kind of surfing and style you want. Boards change but water and its properties do not, so you can change your board and design to surf differently and put yourself on a different part of the wave.

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Newest over-the-top sound! Designed for outdoors, Bullfrog features 360-degree sound and 20-hour battery life for everyone in the area, IP66 certified to handle weather, with 100-foot Bluetooth range for a phone on the move. Also FM tuner for local listening! www.kicker.com Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest @kickeraudio 405-624-8510

KICKER EB300 Bluetooth Earbuds

Designed for your workout, both sweat- and waterresistant with a rating of IPx3 for extreme durability. An 8-hour battery and KICKER Audio performance makes music sound great, even through your most active days running, hiking or just on-the-go. www.kicker.com Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest @kickeraudio 405-624-8510

Kona Brewing Co. Custom-made by Sector 9 in San Diego, this Kona Longboard Lagerbranded skateboard is perfect for cruising through the neighborhood. Of course, it's a great display piece as well. Skateboard measures 40" in length by 9 3/8" wide. $175.00

KICKER KPw2 Bluetooth Speaker

With a pair of loud speakers, two bass radiators for excellent bass output , an IPX5 water-protection rating and 10 hours of continuous play, the KPw2 is the perfect on-the-go, Bluetooth-enabled speaker to stream your favorite music in any location.

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Moved By Bikes Surfboard Racks

MBB Surfboard Racks from Moved By Bikes feature a unique quick release bar design which allows you to easily remove the bars when not in use. The Longboard version mounts right to your frame, making it super stable with longboards, shortboards, and performance SUPs (up to about 25 lbs). The Shortboard version features a lower cost dual seatpost mount. The new Moped Racks mount to your moped’s existing tubular cargo racks. Longboard Racks: $135 Shortboard Racks: $105 Moped Racks: $155

O’Neill Hyperfreak Boardshorts

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O’Neill leads the surf market in boardshort innovation with the Hyperfreak. The boardshort is loaded with first-to-market features including Hyperdry the most advanced drying treated fabric, Hyperflow cooling waistband, and ultrasonic welded seams resulting in a new standard for the Hyperfreak series. $59.50 us.oneill.com FB:Oneill IG:@oneillusa "Available at your local surf shop"

Penny ETHIOPIA SKATE X BB BASTIDAS 22" and 27" These 2 unique Penny skateboards featuring custom graphics by BB Bastidas not only look and ride great, but also help support the charity efforts of Ethiopia Skate. They come complete with custom griptape. $120/$140. Check them out at www.pennyskateboards.com.

Quiksilver Coastal Oasis II

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Reef Slammed Rover

Copy: You’ll be sure footed in this super-soft contoured foam footbed, designed for instant comfort. Featuring Swellular Technology with compression molded triple density construction. The rubber outsole is the ultimate traction on the beach, pool deck, rock or coral. www.reef.com FB: reef IG: @reef Twitter: @reef84

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Scarfini Fins FX 3 Ecofin Series

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SlipIns Mini-Metal Scales A short tight fitting, long sleeve, figure flattering, upper body spring suit providing excellent sun protection with 60+ SPF and preventing rash development while surfing or standup paddling. $118.00

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The 7 Seas Vibes Front Zip Jacket is a vintagey 2mm neoprene front zip vest in super stretch fabric, triple glued inside and blind stitched sealed seam outside. Featuring sublimated sleeve panels, screen prints at chest and at back, the 7 Seas Vibes Front Zip Jacket brings some summery throwback vibes to the surf. $109.95

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WHAT’S INSIDE SUNSCREEN BOTTLES? What You Need to Know About Chemicals, Vitamins and Other Ingredients By Tiffany Foyle

“Let’s lube you up!” That’s what my mom always said to us kids at the beach. She meant, “Let’s put on sunscreen.” While my mom hollering that phrase within earshot of others became more embarrassing with age, the ritual of putting on sun protection prior to time in the sun became ingrained. It’s a good habit to get into — the sun protection part, not the embarrassing vocabulary part — because each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Simply put: One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. It’s time to protect your skin and know what you’re doing it with. Sunscreen 101 There always seems to be a new, hard-to-pronounce term making headlines when it comes to sunscreen. There’s always another ingredient to avoid or a certain brand to shun. This is because most sunscreens are made of chemicals. Chemical sunscreens mix and match different blockers to absorb UV rays and release the energy, preventing most of the rays from reaching the skin. These chemical sunscreens are the majority and the ones you will find most readily available at the store. Physical sunscreens, also known as “natural” sunscreens, use minerals such as


zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as their active ingredients. These minerals form a protective layer on the skin that blocks and reflects the sun's harmful rays. These ingredients can be difficult to rub in and sometimes leave a thick or chalky white residue. They may also feel somewhat greasy. Natural sunscreens are often more expensive and aren’t as easy to find as the common chemical ones. You will need to follow the nearest person in yoga pants to a store that sells them. UV filters such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, synthetic preservatives called parabens, and a form of vitamin A called retinyl palmitate are the controversial chemicals of late. There is scientific evidence that these ingredients can disrupt the body's hormonal functions, heightening risk for reproductive issues and cancer. Oxybenzone, which is a barrier to UV light and found in more than 3,000 sunscreen products on the market, is the hot topic especially, lately. Last October, the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology journal stated that oxybenzone has a toxic effect on young coral, causing endocrine disruption, DNA damage and death — thus posing a major ecological conservation crisis because it prevents new corals from populating an area. Levels of oxybenzone in seawater around coral reefs in Hawaii were found to be an astounding twelve times higher than the concentration that damages baby coral. Oxybenzone is stated to exacerbate coral bleaching, which has also been increasing in recent years due to rising sea temperatures. This chemical lowers the temperature at which coral bleaches and reduces their ability to reproduce and rebuild the community afterwards. The study also states that oxybenzone is toxic to algae, sea urchins, fish and mammals.




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] Many experts, including recent articles from the American Academy of Dermatology, say there's no concrete evidence that these controversial ingredients cause real health issues in humans, and that research suggesting otherwise is limited in scope and application. Those who want to be on the safe side should consider using a natural sunscreen that uses minerals to block harmful rays instead of chemicals, not going in the sun during peak hours (10 am – 2 pm), and also using clothing like hats and rashguards to cover up.

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There are a handful of recent, comparative hands-on tests of sunscreens by outlets ConsumerReports.org and TheSweethome.com as well as in-depth expert reviews from the massive sunscreen effectiveness and safety database at EWG.org. The following bite-size recommendations are based on research from these sites along with personal experience as an ocean enthusiast and as a mother who is insanely paranoid about what she puts on her child who spends most of his life outdoors.

Best value Go natural and stay away from chemical based products.

Going natural A physical sun blocker like zinc oxide gets high marks from experts for both effectiveness and ingredient safety. The thick, creamy texture is easy to apply to a tiny person in constant motion. Sunscreens with Zinc Oxides, especially if you surf and play at the beach with little ones, are a great active choice. Choose baby and kids products that are safe and tear-free. Seek out products that are made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients and are water and sweat resistant, biodegradable, and work immediately upon application. If possible, select sunscreens have been recommended by the Environmental Working Group, Consumer Reports, the TODAY Show, and many other sources.

Use a face stick If you haven’t already learned with stinging eyes or a whooper zit, it’s not wise to rub whatever you put on your body on your face. The face skin needs a little extra care. You also want something that will really stay on as we tend to rub our face a lot when outdoors sweating or playing in the ocean. Ideal for outdoor sports year-round, sun protection sticks are the top pick for anyone who wants a water-resistant (for up to 80 minutes) that is easy to apply, spreads smoothly, is not greasy feeling, and reduces signs of aging by delivering moisturizing benefits to the skin.

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Rub aloe and coconut oil on it. All of it. Or purchase an after sun lotion, gel, cream or spray that will likely have one or both of the aforementioned in the ingredients. Many products promise to lock in your tan or give you bronze longevity. Others might just promise to soothe your skin after too much sun. The main goal is to rehydrate your skin. Choose natural brands and be conscious of what you put on your body as well as in the ocean.


BRING THE FRESHEST BEER TO THE PARTY 14 styles on tap, brewed in the heart of Kakaʻako






Moments after Kelly Slater had won the 2016 WSL Billabong Pro Tahiti over John John Florence in August, Kelly was smiling and roped with a victor’s splendor: a lei and crown. After the 11-time World Champion posed for the cameras, he sat down inside one of the many boats with Kaipo Guerrero, who was broadcasting for the WSL webcast. It’s easy to imagine what was running through Kaipo’s mind. From the channel at Teahupoo, he had a front row seat to one of the best heats of the year that included two icons of the sport, with lush mountains in the background and crystal clear water underneath him beckoning. The moment looked incredible. Stunning. And overwhelming for anyone, really. But not for Kaipo. He pulled out Kelly’s winning words in interview form, as if they were two friends talking story over beers. 80

This moment, along with Kaipo’s career as a whole, is an example of the grand collision that occurs when preparation meets opportunity. So what prepared Kaipo to be able to talk in such relaxed fashion during a moment that dripped with saltwater and adrenaline?

the channel, then catch a ski in to the broadcast house, work, then hop back on a ski and head back out to float in the channel,” he said. “It was special because I grew up on boats. Kelly [Slater] would hang out on our boat, it was a little flotilla. It was a dream.”

“The Uncles at the beach,” he said. “When I was growing up in Waikiki, everyone could talk story. All the Beach Boys naturally talked story, they were naturally entertainers. As a kid, whether you know you’re learning it or not, you learn by being around them, learning how to tell stories and how to entertain.”

Spend any time with Kaipo, and the Town native - who serves as the Territory Manager for both Rip Curl and FCS, along with broadcasting for the WSL - pulls you into conversation like a rip current. This, combined with his warmth, charisma, unique insight and ability to relate makes him a favorite webcaster among not just the Hawaii community, but the collective surf community as well.

A few weeks after the 2016 Billabong Pro Tahiti, Kaipo admitted that he was still having withdrawals from the blues, hues and sights and sounds from Teahupoo. “I’d float out on a boat for 8-10 hours in

“I was psyched to hang out and work in Tahiti and you know...Kelly, Tom Curren and John John Florence, they have this

wave god thing where they can summon waves,” he continued. “It’s a spiritual thing or connection with ocean. Others probably have it but those 3 stand out. Literally, epic waves turn the corner and come to them.” If being a wave god is indeed a gift bestowed to these three, Kaipo’s gift is certainly his outgoing personality. “Uncles would always be making jokes and connecting with people from all around the world,” he said, again alluding to his early years. “It became comfortable for me to transition into announcing, and now transition into broadcasting because of those times growing up with the Beach Boys, because of that old local talk story style. That’s getting to be a lost art today. We have social media, and that’s still communication, but its not sit down under a tree and talk story, you know?”

Talking story on the beach under trees is exactly where Kaipo’s surfing life began. He spent his days in Waikiki with his grandfather and father. “It was natural to get into canoe paddling,” he said. “That led to surfing. Guys I called Uncles - like Rabbit Kekai - were legends and as I kid, I had no idea.” Gleaning insight from the Beach Boys wasn’t the only benefit Kaipo received as a young adult growing up entrenched in the surf community. Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing ranked the top celebrity romances within the sport, and Kaipo made number 2 on the list. Who was his “celebrity romance”? Madonna. “I’m stoked I made the list, even number 2!” he said after hearing that it was ranked above other “romances” like Kelly Slater and Pam Anderson and Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece. Warshaw writes that after Kaipo was asked to serve as local boy talent in a photoshoot, “a few weeks later, Kaipo Guerrero, easily the best-looking high school senior in all of Honolulu, got the post-shoot call up and flew out for the Japan leg of Madonna’s world tour.” “She was super powerful, so driven, and so smart,” said Kaipo. Other benefits weigh more heavily and more important in his mind though those that came later in life. Like his Territory Manager position, starting a family, and then, in 2008 came an opportunity at the Xcel Pro in Sunset Beach. “The founder of Xcel asked how I felt about being on the microphone, and I said yes I can do it. He gave me chance. The next winter, Randy Rarick called me and asked if I would announce at the Triple Crown, that’s when I was blown away. It’s so incredible to think back, and this year marks my 7th or 8th Triple Crown.” During the Triple Crown, Kaipo makes a significant effort to bring back his roots, to keep those talk stories under the tree relevant. “I try to inject a couple of Hawaiian words while broadcasting, and I think it’s respectful, it’s educational,” he said. “My view of the Hawaiian language, we only came through the Renaissance in 70s so I think it’s important to bring it back, even if it’s not full sentences, just to learn words and use those words in everyday

conversation. If you don’t use it, you lose it. It’s easy to add in pau, pono or aloha into your vocabulary.” After several successful runs during the Triple Crown, the WSL took notice and, according to Kaipo, “asked out of the blue.” The job has not only given him a plane ticket to WSL Tour stops in Brazil, Huntington Beach and Tahiti; Kaipo also sees the behind the scenes actions that viewers can’t. Like the fact that “when competitors lose, fans ask them to take selfies with them, and often the fans don’t know if they won or lost the heat. The competitors are incredible, they put that smile on and keep it together.” There’s fruitful friendships and inspiring moments, too: “Mick Fanning is a friend, and I trip out on that factor,” Kaipo said. “Guys like Mick and Kelly, they’re gentlemen and they live their life cool, they aren’t arrogant and give back to communities. They’re so inspiring.” What’s the difference between Xcel Pro Kaipo, green to the intricacies of broadcasting and announcing and today’s Kaipo, cool, calm and collected in front of the WSL cameras? “I’ve now learned how to be better paced with information I’m giving,” he said. “I’m better at communicating insight and I’ve grown in that way, just getting the point across at a pace and inflection people are receptive to.” And what advice does he have for those wanting to be holding the microphone? “First do your homework, know things about the athletes in the competitions. That way you have that base and that talking point with them,” he said. “When you’re well prepared, you’ll be less nervous. Always remember as an announcer, as reporter it’s not about you. It’s about the athlete. Sometimes you may want to give personal reference, but it’s not about you, you want to focus on what the athlete is trying to communicate. And get to know people as human beings, not just professional athletes. Everyone has a human factor, and you can learn more fascinating stories about how people got to where they’re at.” pau


always paid the bills (at one point, this motivated lady was working three jobs in order to keep herself and her son in the water). Fortunately, this avid surfer has been able to earn much of her income from her other passion: art. In addition to being an incredibly talented water woman,


If you’ve ever surfed out at Ala Moana Bowls, you’ve probably noticed the cute little firecracker with short white hair picking off the best waves. That legendary woman is Jeannie Chesser and odds are, she’s been surfing longer than you’ve been alive. This energetic wahine won her first contest in 1965, merely a year after she started surfing and was even the U.S. Champion in 1992.

You’d never know it from her fun-loving, devil-maycare attitude, but Chesser has faced mind-blowing tragedy and loss. In 1970, when her son, Todd, was only two years old, she lost her husband in a fatal car crash. When Todd was twenty-eight, he drowned while surfing North Shore’s Alligator Rock on a huge winter swell. Ten years later, she was diagnosed with Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer, and underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

For Chesser, surfing hasn’t always been just about having fun; it’s the thing that’s literally kept her alive and the depression at bay. She says that surfing is what helps her get up in the morning and has enabled her to survive each of the major difficulties she has faced. A year after losing her husband, Chesser and Todd picked up and moved to Hawaii in search of perfect waves. Once there, they dedicated their lives to surfing. After Todd died, his best friend

Benji brought the grieving mother to Fiji’s infamous Tavarua. “It really helped me to get out of my funk. It was amazing.” At the peak of her cancer battle, she was still trying to surf while undergoing chemo and radiation. “Even if I couldn’t stand up after a treatment, I would lay on my board and turn in the whitewash. I never stopped.” While surfing has always been one of the most important things in Chesser’s life, it hasn’t

Chesser is also a very skilled artist who makes beautiful, ocean themed jewelry, paints pictures of perfect, gaping barrels and airbrushes boards. “I paint boards to make a living and make jewelry to have fun, though I do make money doing that too. I do paintings on wood and canvass as well.” From a young age, Chesser was always drawing and painting. Her mom got her into making jewelry as a teenager and she started airbrushing in her early twenties. “I painted my first board in ‘72, and in ‘73 I actually got a job at Hawaii Island Creations. That was my first real paying job doing steady airbrushing,” she said. Over the last forty years, this professional artist has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry. These days, she primarily works for Carl Schraper and Fine Line Glassing, but says she’s basically on-call for whoever needs her.

In addition to being lucrative, art is also an outlet. It’s another way of dealing with some of the hardships life has dealt her. “Art is kind of therapeutic too... It’s that same kind of meditative state where you’re just concentrating on one thing. Like when you’re

out in the water just looking out on the horizon and your mind is just so peaceful. Jewelry and painting are like that too.” Chesser has a great attitude. She is a funny, witty and charismatic character who is not afraid to speak her mind. This eternally young spirit is still ballsy as hell and does not look, act or feel her age. She still surfs almost every day, though unlike most surfers “her age,” this ripper still surfs a short board, out at Bowls nonetheless, but admits, “I ride a 6’2 now that I’m getting older. Arakawa makes my boards and every year I go up a few inches.” pau



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Think of your average grom. The sounds flooding your mind right now may include blaring music, boys yelling brazenly, serious whispers plotting pranks, and possibly the tousles of tackling each other between sessions. Now erase it, because none of these things describe Robert Grilho III, also known as RG3. Grilho, 13, is mild-mannered and serious. He’s neither a prankster nor an accomplice. He speaks in few words and rarely raises his voice. The Kapolei Middle School eighth grader loves math because it comes easily to him. He’s not rushing to learn to drive or pick out his first car — in fact, when his Dad does let him drive it kind of scares him. Grilho is stoked on every minute of life as a kid, and this kid happens to be a supremely talented ripper from Kapolei who’s already sponsored by Rip Curl, Town & Country Surf, Da Kine, and more. Since turning heads early last year with a win at the NSSA Regional Boys’ Championship at Kewalo Basin, Grilho has continued to showcase his ever-growing skillset with a victory-studded summer this year. He opened up with a second place finish in Boys’ Shortboard at the Local Motion Surf Into Summer Pro back in May and excelled in the Rip Curl Grom Search before helping his team secure a win that will take him back to his favorite break, Lower Trestles, to represent T&C Surf Factory in the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge National Championships in October. Someday, he’ll surf Bali. He’ll go for the WSL’s Championship Tour. But today, RG3 is a kid with contest winnings wanting a new board.


GROM REPORT / ROBERT GRILHO III How did you first start surfing, Robert?

My dad came home from work with a board and kind of surprised me. It was just before my 8th birthday and he was like, ‘Look what I got!’ I was stoked but I was also like, ‘Uhhh…’ because I didn’t go to the beach that often. Then the next day we went to Barber’s Point and that’s when I got my first wave. How did it feel? I was stoked instantly. You’ve said your dad is one of your main inspirations — what about him is your greatest inspiration? He works hard every day and he sacrifices his own time for me to pursue my dreams.

So the guys on Tour you admire are good at power surfing, barrels, and airs, but what’s your favorite to do? I kind of like power surfing. I just like to throw my power into waves like Lowers, it just feels good.


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Is that your favorite place to visit and surf outside of Hawaii? Yes, definitely. Where is your dream spot to go to for surf travel? Bali, I’ve heard a lot about Bali. I don’t know what spot though. So is Kewalos an every day after school thing? Yeah. And if it’s flat here what’s your next go-to? Barber’s Point, just training for those small waves like Huntington. You’ve mentioned that Backdoor is another one of your favorite waves. Any other North Shore spots you’re super amped on in the winter?

Last year. You did well in the Grom Search, won Boys 14 and Under and second for Boys 12 and Under. How did it make you feel? I was really stoked to have money as a prize. I’ll probably get a new board. What are your heat strategies? It’s more about wave selection, and just completing waves. What’s your favorite non-surfing thing right now? I like to do jiu-jitsu, I’ve been into that for a few years now. I don’t go often, maybe once a week. Finish this sentence: I can’t wait to… Surf…and…do a big air! What’s your favorite aerial move?

Haleiwa! When did you get your first sponsor and who was it? I’m not sure when but it was Ronin and Cyko from Jason Shibata. He called me up and I was just really stoked and things started going on from there. Was that like before your 10th birthday or after?

Just a tweaked air-reverse. What’s the best part about being a grom? The best part about being a grom is that I can surf all day, everyday, and never get tired. What are your last words for Freesurf? Stay stoked!

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It’s a hot summer day and the same lucky board shorts that got you the wave of the day also scored you an epic parking stall in your busy neighborhood. Board in hand, smile ear to ear, phone is still charged, today’s been a good day. But as you reach the front door, you see water gushing underneath and as you fumble for your keys, you ding your board. You open the door and a rush of water flows through your feet and you see the culprit: someone has left the tap on in your bathtub. You drop your boards, keys and run to your bathroom and see the faucet unloading water into an overflowing bathtub. Instinctively, you tighten the knobs for the water to stop the tap. As you turn around and assess the situation, you now are left to clean up the mess that someone else in your house created. Or, maybe it was you that left it on. In this hypothetical situation, you would never just bail the bathtub with the tap still running. But as it relates to pollution in our ocean, this is exactly what we’re doing. The overflowing bathtub represents an ocean filled with plastics and the tap represents the constant flow of plastics entering the ocean. Sadly, the majority of solutions to plastic pollution are focused on bailing the bathtub, not in stopping the source: the tap itself.

The globe as we know it focuses on cleanups, recycling, landfilling, or incineration when in reality we need to focus on refusing plastics, blue and circular economies, triple bottom lines, addressing how we eat, overhauling campaign finance laws, innovation, collaborations, and more. This article will briefly explain why bailing the bathtub represents futile solutions and why we collectively need to run to the tap and stop it. Industry (companies that make purchasable items and their lobbying groups) sees the tap flowing with giant smiles. To them it represents profit but to the trained eye it represents pollution. The reduction of plastic use means less profit for Industry and they’ll do anything to keep the tap running to preserve their profit. A calculated campaign to keep us all on the path of consumption has been injected into our brains since the late 1950’s. The Keep America Beautiful Campaign, Litterbug Campaign, and even International Coastal Cleanup Day are funded by Industry. Here is how it works. By creating a “litterbug” and “cleanup” mentality, Industry



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After a full week of bonding, non-stop skating and trying to land new tricks, it was time to pack our bags and go home. All except Hanale, who decided to stay at camp and work as long as he possibly could.

Many kids on the island come from families that can’t afford the $1200 camp tuition, let alone buy a plane ticket to the mainland. So having the chance to offer a once-in-alifetime opportunity for these kids was incredible.

It’s experiences like these that help children grow physically and mentally and gives them a chance to figure out what they are passionate about and harness their skills in a place where the impossible is encouraged.

After months of phone calls and last minutes preparations, and the risk in offering such an ambitious prize, things finally fell into place. The flights were booked and ready to go, with the next stop, Los Angeles.

Professional Mountain Biker and Action Sports Director at Woodward West, Jake Kinney, has been a part of the Woodward family for the last 6 years and says that it is completely realistic for campers to turn their passions into careers.

Onboard the first flight was 13year old Kenalu Kamehaiku, from Kailua-Kona on his first off-island trip. His enthusiasm brought life to the group. Kenalu won two out of the three KOTC events and is the overall champion in the grom division. Next was Hanale McGuire, a super humble and respectful 18-year old pool skater and surfer from the Big Island’s Puna district, who is not afraid to go big and is very eager to learn. Hanale won all three events in the KOTC series. Rounding out the contest qualifiers was 23-year old Queen of the concrete, Maria De Silva, who could definitely hold her own. To qualify, she won two out of three KOTC events naming her this year’s girls division champion. Then there was aunty Jessie, always keeping track of time and making sure everyone had their daily vitamins. Also joining us was Big Island skater and KOTC head judge, Danny Ishikawa, Big Island native Dusty Owens, an alwaysimpressive aspiring pro skater, and California skate park builder, William “Soup” Campbell, who had all the local connections and was a key ingredient to this skateboarding escapade. For those of you who have never heard of Woodward, it is by far the ultimate summer camp experience. Some say it’s like Disneyland for action sports; 11 parks, a 54,000 square foot indoor riding facility, a killer cheer and gymnastics program, a bowling alley, a theater, and home to one of the only two full-size, permanent “MegaRamps” in the world. It’s like heaven on earth, complete with world-class instructors and future pros. Olivia Reed, Marketing Director and former camper at Woodward West was a huge part in making this dream a reality, offering one free week at Woodward West and two $500 gift certificates towards camp tuition. “I never thought I would have this chance as a kid,” explained Hanale. “Watching Camp Woodward on TV was a dream to me, and now being here in the flesh is like a dream come true.”


“We are able to help give campers the self-confidence they are looking for on and off the board,” said Jake. “We have so many success stories from campers starting out as full on beginners to now being professional athletes. We get to watch kids land world’s first tricks and we get to watch kids make their own bowl of cereal for the first time. Even those small accomplishments has an impact on their lives and we hope to help them grow all around as athletes and as people.” Now that the kids are hyped we cannot take it away from them. We need to keep the ball rolling and continue the efforts towards building a skate park in Hilo and other small communities. Like a basketball court, playground, or even the beach, a skate park takes a fragment of our islands keiki and is a perfect place for kids to find themselves. A place where they can make good and bad decisions that they can learn from and at the same time connect with other likeminded people. The entire skate plaza concept on county capital improvement list is at approximately $3.2M with phase one at about $500K. The hardearned gross raised to this day is at about $20K. So yes, we need big corporate donations, grants and political endorsements to help complete the permanent park. However, we are working very closely with our county councilman, Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, who has pledged $50K to develop a temporary skate park as an immediate solution. A parking lot near Hilo Bay Front was identified by the Parks and Recreation Department as an appropriate space and will be built Fall 2016. When you see the advantages of building dreams in our communities and what the X-Games and ESPN has done, you too will do what it takes to help our kids find that same dreamland. For more information on the Hilo Skateplaza Coalition or to make a kind donation, please visit www.hiloskateplaza.com and for dates and details on the next King of The Concrete visit www.oasisskateshop.com

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INDUSTRY NOTES Books & Spirits, an event that hosts talk stories with authors in Hawaii, launched on August 18. Stuart Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go and Fierce Heart, described Books & Spirits as a “Literary Saloon”: a meeting of authors, writers and readers in Honolulu. “I’ve had the idea of promoting books and authors here in Hawaii, and I met Mark Watkins, founder of the Hawaii Project, and we both wanted to create an engaging, fun event where you can meet some of you favorite authors here in Hawaii,” said Coleman. “So we brainstormed for 8 months about different projects, and one day we’re talking, and it just came to us: how about books and spirits, where we get some of the best restaurants in town, the best mixologists and cool literary libations that match the book.” At every Books & Spirits bi-monthly event, a different author will be on hand to discuss his/her books, along with how Hawaii and the ocean lifestyle influenced their work. At the launch of Books & Spirits, Jaimal Yogis, author of Saltwater Buddha, and the Fear Project spoke to a crowded room about his surfing adventures and misadventures, his works, and why Hawaii will always be a place of comfort for the California-living author. Thus, the dinner and drink menu played off of his books: Zen fizz drinks were on hand, along with Hauula vegetable tomato soup, given his vegetarian status. Books & Spirits tickets range from $10-$20. Stay tuned to their website www.booksandspirits.com for future events.

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