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In search for a definition of wahine? Look no further than Carissa Moore. The 24-year-old has grown up before the surf communityâ€™s eyes, from a Honolulu grom to three-time world champion with a patented power skillset and progressive air game. This, combined with her kind, polite and humble personality, set an example of what it means to be wahine today. Sequence: Ryan Miller
By Cash Lambert Since 2002, Freesurf Magazine’s maxim has been simple: to reflect the sunshine and share the stoke. This is why consistently update our wahine channels online and through social media and also dedicate an issue to the marvelous wahine of our sport. In this month’s issue, we feature three of Hawaii’s lenswomen who capture our essence in their crosshairs: Amber Mozo, Jackie Fiero and Christa Funk, beginning on page 38. Each photographer has contrasting style and fascinating behind the lens stories, from shooting Pipeline on the gnarliest of days to capturing the palpable forever summer essence of Town and even venturing to foreign rice terraces and mountain ranges for unforgettable images. Hawaii’s females on tour, they not only reflect the sunshine but often times, they are the sunshine. Carissa Moore’s positive post-heat interviews regardless of the outcome, Malia Manuel’s snow white smile or Coco Ho’s kind and lighthearted demeanor. On page 56, Ambassador at Large Chris Latronic discusses our Wahine of the Tour, noting his vision of Carissa Moore that has yet to come true, and explaining why Tatiana Weston-Webb is likely to have a world title sooner than later.
We also talked story with the gal who landed on our cover, displaying her poetic yet powerful repertoire: the effervescent Alessa Quizon. In the feature, which can be found on page 50, she opened up about her deepest struggles and pinnacle moments on Tour, and how she and her boyfriend, Caio Ibelli, take on the rigors of Tour life as a couple: “We are both competitive people and we like to challenge each other,” she said. “These days, our arguments aren’t about the basic relationship stuff. We fight over surfboards and waves. It’s actually quite funny.” Flip through the rest of the magazine and you’ll find features on Bailey Nagy for her experiences of the competition circuit, how Glennel Warren balances a career and a desire to charge proper Sunset, and recipes from the renowned North Shore food blogger Andrea Hanneman. So much sunshine. So much stoke. Just in time for the summer season.
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GROM ARMY INVADES QUEENS FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL T&C / SURFER MAGAZINE GROM CONTEST PRESENTED BY CHILI’S GRILL & BAR On April 23 and 24, families and groms alike packed the sands of Queen’s Beach in Waikiki for the 19th Annual T&C Grom Contest, a renowned event that headlines family and fun over competition. “This is what Hawaii is all about, laying the foundation for these young kids to enjoy surfing their whole life,” said surfing icon Fred Hemmings, who attended the contest to watch his grandson compete. “You don’t have to win contests to enjoy surfing, all you need to be happy is going out and catching a couple waves. Competitive surfing, an international sport, now sees surfers making millions of dollars but it all starts here with kids learning how to compete.” The entry-level contest was open to those ages as young as 3 and as old as 12, all paddling for the small waves with Diamond Head for a backdrop. Along with Hemmings, a myriad of Hawaii’s surfing icons were present, passing down their love of surfing to their keiki. Ten-year-old Ikaika Padaca, the son of pro surfer Myles Padaca, spent much of the day taking part in the beach games when he wasn’t competing in heats. “It’s pretty cool to just hang out, the waves are good,” he said. “My dad, he’s my personal coach and tells me to not go for the small bad waves and to save my energy.”
“This is an epic, feel-good event with raffles like GoPros, surfboards- and the crowd goes nuts every year, it’s crazy,” said Myles with his arm around his son. “Ikaika has been doing the contest since he was 3 or 4, and now he’s 10. It’s an event that is a great chance for kids to come out and get some competition under their belt. It’s a friendly vibe, not super competitive even though it is a contest. It’s a great stepping stone to get into other competitive events.” Young Axel Irons was present, pumping in the surf and trying turns. “We came last year for the first time, it has a great family atmosphere, and he loves it,” said Lyndie Irons, speaking on behalf of her son. “It’s his second contest here and he has a lot of fun. That’s all that matters.” “This is her second surf event,” said icon Freddy Patacchia, while holding his four-year-old daughter in an alleyway of family tents. “Lily and I went tandem, we weaved through a couple of sections that dad was stoked on.” “The cool thing about this event: there’s no pressure,” said Joel Centeio. I have my two boys here, Asher is 3 and Noah is 5. Asher has the bug, Noah is already getting waves on his own. This is where it all begins, it’s the stepping stone to competitive surfing. The beauty of the contest is the fun. I just want my kids going out there and enjoying surfing, because that’s what it’s all about right now.”
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RESULTS FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL T&C SURF GROM CONTEST Shortboard Girls (6-8) 1 Coco Kakikawa 2 Kama Pestana 3 Vaihitimehana Inso 4 Malia Deodato 5 Tahi Sharsh 6 Skai Suitt Shortboard Girls (9-10) 1 Puamakamae Desoto 2 Aiki Doughetry 3 Neve Bowan 4 Natalie Wunderlich 5 Emma Pascua Mitchell 6 Kaia Krest Shortboard Girls (11-12) 1 Anela Francisco 2 Aika Dougherty 3 Logan Harris 4 Summer Navarette 5 Taumara Caicedo 6 Betty Lou Sakura Johnson
Longboard Girls (6-9) 1 Marina Fonseca 2 Marley Beschen 3 Kailana Tong Matthews 4 Henua Caicedo 5 Gemma Gause Longboard Girls (10-12) 1 Samantha Rust 2 Keani Canullo 3 Haley Otto 4 Sophia Culhane 5 Sunny Cummings 6 Katrica Falvery
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Shortboard Boys (9-10) 1 Nalu Deodato 2 Hoku Diaz 3 Kaleo Realtor 4 Matthew Santos 5 Marvin Freitas 6 Nikea Gazzola Shortboard Boys (11-12) 1 Toby Watanabe 2 Daniel Jardine Stella 3 Keenan Weich 4 John Michael Van Hohenstein 5 Braydon Padilla 6 Emmanuel Correa Longboard Boys (6-9) 1 Malaâ€™e Mcelheny 2 Tevia Bloomfield Foster 3 William Ancheta 4 Jeremiah Jones 5 Castle Foti 6 Kai Dowis
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On May 6th at Ala Moana Bowls, Nolan Rapoza and Brisa Hennessy were crowned champions at the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch, a three-day event that served as a learning experience on all levels for groms. Brisa Hennessy, who started the event as the top seed and carried momentum throughout the entire competition, took control of her semi-final heat with a series of backhand re-entry maneuvers, moving on to challenge the defending 2015 GromSearch champion, Leilani McGonagle in the final. With conditions pulsing, Brisa opened with a 7.83 after connecting a set wave through to the inside bowl, and backed it up with 3.73. Leilani soon followed with a 5.00 and 5.73, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead, leaving Brisa Hennessy as the 2016 Rip Curl GromSearch International Champion. “I can’t even explain my emotions” said Brisa. “This means the world and just being on the board again is incredible, and all these names I look up to so much. The final was kind of tricky, but I look up to Leilani a bunch and we are such good friends, so I am just so happy.”
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Before the finals went underway for the boys, local icons Mason Ho, Fred Patacchia and Mikey Bruneau paddled out with the groms for two 30-minute expression session heats, presented by Skullcandy. This gave the surfers the opportunity to compete against each other one more time in the event, while the finalists rested for their upcoming heats. Hawaii’s own Summer Macedo took full advantage, placing second in the expression session.
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Nolan Rapoza faced Kehu Butler in the much anticipated boys final. Nolan started with a bang, locking in a 8.50 on his second wave of the heat after connecting a string of forehand maneuvers, putting Kehu on the back foot within the opening minutes. Despite securing a 6.83 and a 5.33 for a total heat score of 12.16 points, Nolan was too strong, finishing the day on 13.17 points. “I am stoked, I just felt good today and I wanted to keep the roll going,” Nolan said. “The waves were kind of slow in the final, but I guess the pieces are put where they were and that’s how it ended up.”
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FINAL RESULTS GIRLS QF 1: 1st Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 10.97, 2nd Juliette Brice (FRA) 9.43, 3rd Cinta Hansel (IDN) 4.73 QF 2: 1st Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 15.50, 2nd Raiha Ensor (NZL) 10.23, 3rd Summer Macedo (HAW) 9.97 SF 1: 1st Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.17, 2nd Raiha Ensor (NZL) 7.30 SF 2: 1st Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.93, 2nd Juliette Brice (FRA) 7.13 Final: 1st Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 11.36, 2nd Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 10.73 BOYS QF 1: 1st Nolan Rapoza (USA) 15.33, 2nd Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) 15.33, 3rd Anderson Junior (BRA) 13.00 QF 2: 1st Kehu Butler (NZL) 15.50, 2nd Rio Waida (IDN) 12.63, 3rd Liam Oâ€™Brien (AUS) 8.26 SF: 1st Nolan Rapoza (USA) 17.66, 2nd Rio Waida (IDN) 15.50 SF: 1st Kehu Butler (NZL) 18.04, 2nd Koby Oberholzer (ZAF) 10.17 Final: 1st Nolan Rapoza (USA) 13.17, 2nd Kehu Butler (NZL) 12.16 SKULLCANDY EXPRESSION SESSION Girls: 1st Juliette Brice (FRA), 2nd Summer Macedo (HAW) Boys: 1st Koby Oberholzer (ZAF), 2nd Mathis Crozon (FRA)
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VOLCOM’S TOTALLY CRUSTACEOUS PUFFERFISH IN MAKAHA BEACH “LETS THE KIDS RIDE FOR FREE” Words and photos by Tai Vandyke I’m stoked to say that the Makaha Pufferfish of Volcom’s Totally Crustaceous Tour was a huge success on May 7! We were
blessed with a nice overhead south swell and a little north combo, making for some super fun waves for everyone. Since we had over 160 entries, we had to run some 10 minute heats in the first round then go back to the 15 minute format. Everyone was frothing to get the last qualifying spots for the upcoming event at Lowers. We started with groms ages 11-13 and they were ripping! The Big Island’s Brodie Sale took the win and locked down his spot at Lowers. Eli Hannemann took a close 2nd in front of the young powerhouse Robert Grillo who came in third. The squids 10 and under couldn’t get out in the lineup fast enough. There were 8 heats in the first round and in the end it was Shion Crawford taking the win and scoring the first spot in the champs. The Big Island’s Diesel Butts caught a bomb in the final minutes to secure second place in front of Maikai Burdine. The girls were ripping all day, especially Sara Wakita who was on fire, posting a 9.5 and 8 in the Final. Summer Ivy scored the second spot into Lowers. Luana Silva unfortuantly received the dreaded 3rd place, just missing out on qualifying. Savanna Stone, Brisa Hennesey, and Ewellaiula Wong rounded out the final. The Junior Men was stacked as usual, and in the end it was underdog Cam Dowis taking the win over Noah Beschen, Spike Shannon, Wyatt McHale, Kuio Young, and Koa Matsumoto. The Pro Am division saw local boy Kaulana Apo on fire, killing it backside all day long. It was clear that he would be in the winners circle. Elijah Gates almost stuck a sick air that would have given him the win, but he was stoked to still have a ticket to Lowers. Chad Keaulana took third and walked away with a sick board courtesy of Dusty Payne. Overal, it was an epic day on the west side and all the boys down there were so stoked! Kimo and Russ K were cooking burgers and
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JOHN JOHN FLORENCE WINS OI RIO PRO Hawaii’s own John John Florence claimed victory at the Oi Rio Pro in Brazil, the fourth stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour, by beating out Australia’s Jack Freestone in the final, with punchy four-to-six foot waves on hand. It’s his third elite tour victory.
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“I love coming back here to Rio,” Florence said. “This is where I won my first World Championship Tour event. The waves are really similar to Hawaii with their power. If it was not for everyone’s support on the beach cheering us on every wave, I do not know if I would have been as stoked. Thank you to everyone.” In the Final, Florence put an aggressive two-turn combination for a solid 7.00 on display, and continued to post excellent scores. With ten minutes into the Final, Florence threw up a nearperfect 9.70 by locking in a dynamic two-turn combination. The Hawaiian proved to be unstoppable, finishing with an impressive 18.97 heat total by landing a massive air to earn another nearperfect score, a 9.27, putting the Australian in an impossible combination situation. The victory vaults Florence from 13th to 3rd on the WSL Jeep Leaderboard, well within striking distance of the frontrunner position.
“Obviously I want to try to win a World Title, but I am going to take it heat by heat, event by event,” continued Florence. “Hopefully I will come out on top, but we will see. The waves have been challenging and everyone has been surfing so well, so I am stoked to be here and win this event.”
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PAIGE ALMS’ BIOPIC THE WAVE I RIDE RELEASED For years, there have been bits and pieces of Paige Alms’ extraordinary story told in the media. Like her early roots, which including a life changing move to Hawaii. Or her decision to do any job - house painting, construction work, surf lessons - to continue funding her appetite for travel. And certainly, her big wave exploits at Peahi each winter season, where she’s one of the few women paddling for 20-foot swell. Now, The Wave I Ride: Paige Alms’ Story, collectively explores the fascinating journey of the wahine who won the 2014/2015 Women’s Overall Performance honor at the WSL Big Wave Awards. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Devyn Bisson, the 70-minute film begins with the thundering reverberations of crashing Jaws and proceeds to take viewers on an emotional and humble journey of someone who refused and continues to refuse to say no to dreams. “What we’re doing as big-wave female surfers, it’s something that has never been done before and I feel like we are changing the sport,” said Alms.
The film originated as a 10-minute project and evolved into something far greater, according to Bisson. “What I didn’t expect was the shocking lack of interest the industry had in supporting a female athlete, one who had made history,” she said, “but that didn’t stop us. I found so much power in telling her story and we’ve always done whatever possible to keep pushing this film forward-- to be the voice that the industry might not echo.” The Wave I Ride also features interviews from a cast of surfing’s upper echelon, including Greg Long, Carissa Moore and Keala Kennelly. “It’s the most inspiring thing in the world to me,” Greg said of Paige’s story. “And that’s what people want in this world and life is to be inspired.” “More than anything, I’m super stoked I’m doing what I always dreamt about doing,” said Paige. For more information on the film, visit thewaveiride.com.
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Profiling 3 photographers who capture the wahine lifestyle
I shoot with a Canon 1Dx, and an SPL housing that was customized to my specification. I chose a mixture of pink and teal which is a very unique color combination. As far as lenses go, I currently have a Canon 8-15mm fisheye, 16-35mm wide angle and a 50mm 1.4. I also have a 10 inch dome port to create over/under shots. With this port you can capture the action on the surface as well as below the water line. This is my favorite port to use for both surfing and regular underwater shots. I love to shoot surfing but also try to capture artsy shots
massive empty wave at Pipeline.
JACKIE FIERO @JACKIE_FIERO
If there’s one photographer that can be counted on in the Town lineup during the biggest of summer swells, it’s Jackie Fiero. She’s shot in waves of consequence since she can remember, starting at age 15 at Sandy Beach. With the gentle guide of her mother, also a photographer, Jackie learned the intricacies of her newfound passion, later turning it into a profit. Today, other than documenting swells, she captures the youthful, forever summer essence of Hawaii, from picturesque beach days with Diamond Head as the backdrop to interisland travel. “The key for me is to always have an open mind to creative ideas,” she says. “I hope that people are able to feel my passion through my images.”
Town versus country are completely different when shooting in the water. For example, the waves in town are fun and playful but are mental when the right swell hits and north winds kick up. Country is a whole different beast. The waves on the North Shore are powerful and heavy. The feeling you get sitting in the lineup at Pipe is indescribable compared to the lineup in town. To be honest, there are days when I fear the North Shore and
everything it possesses. In spite of that, I still find myself counting down the days till the opening day up north.
Being a female photographer in this industry can be intimidating at times. Some people may think that women are not as physically capable as men to swim out into big surf., while others have the idea that men are better photographers than women. On a different note, girls have an advantage because they can be very artistic. Don't get me wrong, guys can be very artsy too but I think girls see certain shots differently. Along with that, you don't see many women photographers in the lineup when the waves are 8ft+. People tend to spot this and realize that this girl must be able to handle herself if she's out when it's that big.
AMBER MOZO @AMBERMOZO
The DNA Amber Mozo received from her parents included more than brown hair, brown eyes and a snow white smile; it also included an eye for photography. After her father, Jon Mozo, passed away in an accident at Pipeline in 2005, camera equipment remained around the house and Amber eventually asked her mother if she could tinker with it. “With my Dad being a very well known water photographer, that really influenced me to work hard,” she says. “He had so much success in his career because of his dedication and passion and that reminds me everyday to do what I love and to shoot from my heart.” Today, the 21-year-old’s photography takes her to different countries on a regular basis, from the rice terraces in Bali to the crystal clear waters of Fiji. She’s even working on a book entitled “Chasing Light, set to release in the Fall. In her own words, the book is about “choosing to live your life in the light despite the challenges and tugs of life. It’s based on a trip that my family did after my Dad died when we left Hawaii and backpacked around the world to learn, grow and chase light..”
Naturally there are differences with being a wahine photographer. Boys can take a pretty bad beating in the water when the waves are pumping and I'll sit out for that but that doesn't get me down. I can shoot from land or shoot another spot where the waves aren't as hectic and still get a beautiful shot that same day. Different artists/ photographers can speak to all types of audiences, boy or girl.
I have the Canon 5D mark II. I love the camera - People tell me that the Canon 5DMark II is old school and to upgrade but I don't want to put it down. It works well with my
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Surfing really inspires my work. I love watching people surf on all types of boards and on all types of waves. It's a beautiful dance to me. It makes me happy to be able to capture that moment. Style changes and forms over years, any artist can relate to that. I try to tell a story in one photo, making people feel what I'm feeling. I want people to feel the stories behind my photos and to always remember how they feel when looking at my images. I guess my theme would be life is beautiful. Live what you love!
CHRISTA FUNK @INSTACLAMFUNK
Why does Christa Funk shoot from the water at Pipeline, Sunset and Jaws during heavy winter season swells on the North Shore? “I try and stay uncomfortable,” the 26-yearold says. “And use different lenses and techniques.” This consistent uncomfort has paid dividends, placing Christa front and center of headlining swells and the most prominent competitors. A product of the Maritime Academy, Christa also works for the Coast Guard in Honolulu when she isn’t shooting. Self taught, self motivated and self propelled, Christa’s overarching goal is “to shoot pictures that people remember. If my photos can have impact in some way, even if the photo takes one person somewhere else than where they are, that’s a success.”
I don’t know if I have a definitive style. Anytime I’m shooting, especially at Pipe, there’s a pecking order I try to respect that especially if I have an idea of who someone is, staff photographers for a magazine I get behind them or try and position myself so I’m not in their shots. As far as being a female, I don’t notice it too much because of my background. I went to the Coast Guard academy, the majority of the work I’m doing in the Coast Guard is guy’s work. The majority of people I work with are men in that arena, Kim Molina
even surfing before that, most of the people in the lineup were guys - it wasn’t new.
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The first winter I shot at Pipeline, it was a kind of a shifty double-triple-overhead day, it was big, solid 9 feet and no other photographer had gone out yet. I had got some solid shots and was excited. I didn’t get under one, I remember getting ripped back, housing ripped out of my hand. It seems like when you get ripped back you come up and you’re in the perfect place to take the rest of the set on your head. I hit the bottom, dragged…but I figured it was going to happen. It was inevitable.
One of my favorite compliments when I give a photo to someone or do a shoot is that they love what they have, they’re very excited about it. That’s what’s rewarding about surf photography -- when you give a surfer an image they say “this is awesome, thank you so much”, they genuinely like it, they’re saying it because it’s a good photo. That’s something I love about it.
Trial by fire: by most accounts, this is what the first few years on the WSL’s Championship Tour is like. The surfer hoisting the trophy at a contest’s conclusion may not necessarily be the most polished, but is often the competitor that best adapts to the conditions on hand on all fronts. It’s a trial by fire because there is no guidebook to being the last one standing, only recommendations and coaching points. It’s a trial by fire also because of the sheer unpredictability of the sport. Sure, there are fan favorites depending upon geographic and wave factors, along with surefire bets and passion picks. But there are no guarantees. Such is competitive surfing. Alessa Quizon knows this, and so much more. The Hawaiian has spent more than half a decade competing in CT events, navigating this aforementioned unpredictability and learning the nuances of travel schedules and CT waves continent by continent, with this year serving as her third full year on tour. She embodies everything that is a wahine in and out of the water, especially with her gritty toughness acquired while growing up in Makaha. The 23-year-old has gone through this trial by fire early in her career, stepping out of the Fiery Furnace without a hair on her head singed. Today, she has no intention of staying at her current rank on tour -13th- and she’s ready to follow the manifesto she’s been researching and writing heat after heat straight to the podium. And dance “like Beyonce” every step of the way.
How has the 2016 CT been different for you, Alessa? This year I feel that I am more relaxed and not so pressured in trying to make a result. I realized after two years of being on tour that if you want to be consistently good and make good results, you have to feel confident and relaxed. No matter how well you do in a comp, you can’t let a result define
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you or your surfing. I’ve pretty much learned that you have to wash out all the negative and stressful stuff, just have fun and be happy in the moment. Don’t stress yourself about the future or what has to be done, and to let things flow and stay confident and focused.
Other than maintaining a confident and focused mindset, what else have you learned about Tour life, since it’s a constant learning process? I learned on tour that it’s important to keep your life and traveling balanced. My rookie year taught me a lot about myself, because there was much learning I had to do in so little time. I learned how to be more on top of things, how important training is in and out of the water. I had to adjust the way I ate to improve myself as an athlete and I’m still working on that. It’s hard growing up from a place where all you want to eat is rice and Portuguese sausage… So far, I am happy on how far I’ve come. But from here on out, there’s only room for positiveness and improvement for me.
How do you reset and refocus mentally before a contest? Hitting the reset button can be hard at times, and it depends on how close each comp is and how you did in your last one. For me, I just let everything set in when a contest is over. I analyze the mistakes I’ve done in a heat, look for things that need improvement and this usually takes a day or two. Resetting, another thing I want to improve on, hasn’t been my forté. As soon as I’ve gone over everything, I wash it out and start all over again and I’m back to where I left off before I went off to a contest: training, trying new boards, working on what I need to improve on and looking forward to the next event with a clean slate.
Pressures as a female competitor: what are they and how do you personally deal with them? Being a female competitor means that you can be a pretty busy woman throughout the whole year. Juggling surf events and lifestyle shoots can be overwhelming and on top of that, there is always this obligation to keep your social media feeds consistent on what you are doing, wearing, surfing etc. I just face it head
on. It can be overwhelming but most of the time it’s fun and exciting. You’re getting paid to do what you love, also showing young women around the world that surfing isn’t just a man’s sport.
You’re on the road more than you’re home, so what do you miss most about Makaha? I miss my home so much. I dream of surfing out at Makaha and watching the sunset with my family and friends. I miss Hawaii in general, too: the food, the people and atmosphere. Listening to Hawaii reggae music takes an edge off of my homesickness.
Talk about the relationship dynamic you have with Caio Ibelli — certainly there’s a hectic travel schedule between you two. How do you guys as a couple deal with the rigors of Tour life? Being on tour with Caio has been amazing. A dream come true for the both of us really. We’ve actually spent the most time together this year because the men and women have shared events. We are both competitive people and we like to challenge each other. These days, our arguments aren’t about the basic relationship stuff. We fight over surfboards and waves. It’s actually quite funny. Overall, I think we are both lucky to have each other on tour, living and achieving for the same things. We share our losses and victories together and I’ve learned so much from him. We adjust to each other’s needs and push each other to keep going.
What is the single result you’re personally most proud of throughout your surfing career and why? I am proud of making semis last year at Honolua. Of course I wanted to make the finals but that event was unreal. The waves were amazing, it took place in our homeland and most of my family were there to support me! I love that wave and that year we got to make Hawaii proud.
Your fashion sense: describe to us your clothing style of choice both in and out of the water.
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I’m not sure how to describe my style. I love wearing all the Billabong rompers and dresses. I like to be edgy and I lean towards the darker colors and shades. In the water, I love wearing the Billabong surf capsules. One way I draw fashion inspiration is from TV series and movies.
Never give up no matter how hard and difficult the journey of getting there will be. Don’t let society tell you what you can and cannot do as a woman. Your choices will be your only limitation.
What are a few things we might not know about you outside of surfing? Any quirks, odd talents, etc?
Your outlook on the remainder of the 2016 season? What can we expect?
I like to draw and paint. Free diving too, whenever I get the chance. I like dancing like Beyoncé- but 10 times worse.
I’m just living day by day, heat by heat. Living in the now and stressing less on what to expect ahead.
Advice to female surfers who look up to you on chasing dreams?
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WAHINE OF THE TOUR of By Chris Latronic
Rank: 3 Honolulu, Oahu Natural foot
When Carissa Moore first started surfing the world tour, I had a foreshadowing vision: I knew she would win many world titles and wreck it in her early career, but what happens when the talent curve catches up to her? But the latter part has yet to happen. Carissa Moore is the defending world champ, without even losing any step. Should we be critical of three consecutive 3rd place results? Only if inebriated. It feels like she got these results without even trying, so letâ€™s wait and see what happens when she does try.
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TATIANA WESTON WEBB Rank: 4 Princeville, Kauai Goofy foot
Tati has been destined for greatness her whole life, slaying contest after contest with perpetual dominance, from the QS to the World Juniors and the CT. Now with a few more years of world tour experience under her bikini singlet, Tati knows what it takes to succeed at the upper echelon of competitive surfing. It seems like she gets better every heat she surfs in, so be sure to watch her make a run for her 1st CT victory this year, perhaps even make a run for that glistening world title.
Rank: 8 Kauai Natural foot
When will Malia Manuel get her due? Sheâ€™s young, vibrant and has one heck of a progressive attack. Hailing from the North Shore of Kauai, Malia knows how to find the scores in the best and worst conditions. And she knows how to shock the top seeds when they face her. At the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach a few months ago, Malia was ripping so hard the judges forgot to score her wave correctly, resulting in a close defeat by Stephanie Gilmore. But the pendulum can only sway one way for so long until its energy is redirected in the opposite path. Look for Maliaâ€™s luck to dig deep in the coming months as her true powers have yet to be revealed.
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ALESSA QUIZON Rank: 13 Makaha, Oahu Goofy foot
Ranking: 16 North Shore, Oahu Natural foot
Never rule out Coco Ho. She has yet to peak. The numbers don’t lie: with three consecutive 13th place results on her scorecard, we can’t wait for the gal to pop out of this competitive slump. Although Coco has had some bad contest luck, she’s still ripping - as good as ever. Take my word for it: the moment you take her off your fantasy team, she’ll win the contest.
Having competed in CT heats for the last 7 years, Alessa Quizon is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of the Professional Surfing game. Now on the road traveling with her boyfriend and current CT competitor Caio Ibelli, it seems like it's a playful relationship game on which of them will do better. With a quarterfinal result at Margies’ serving as her best look so far, Alessa is a lit fuse ready to explode. It’s easy to feel sorry for whoever is in the way of her patented backhand wrath.
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SHE RIPS / BAILEY NAGY So you’re continuing to fight for that feeling you received from winning the 2014 US Open Junior? Yeah! I had to sit on my best friend - Mahina Maeda - for a half an hour, saying ‘sorry Mahina’! To have her hug me after that heat...and the best part was having my dad hug me and crying, carrying me up the beach. It was pretty awesome. I want to have that feeling again. What’s your training regimen like? I train with Daniel Bachmann, four days a week. Also, I take coaching lessons from Sunny, along with some triathlon training. I’m constantly doing something when there’s either no waves or it’s 60-feet here on the North Shore. Sunny tries to get my confidence going into events and he’s really good at that. Sunny is like my second dad. I call him my life coach, we do so many things together. How does Sunny like the title lifecoach? He owns it! He loves being my life coach. He loves harassing me as if I’m his little daughter. He’s just an awesome human. People are intimidated by him, but he’s actually a big teddy bear. What are your career goals?
negotiations with sponsors). Her refreshing rawness, her honest perspective, and her lightning fast comebacks stood out when we met to talk about her love for gangster rap, the pressures of being a wahine and why Sunny Garcia is part of her plan to reach the podium again.
Take us back to your surfing roots. I didn’t surf when I lived in California, but I remember surfing in Kauai after we moved when I was 8. My dad would take me out. Actually, Kaiborg’s dad taught me how to surf too. He gives lessons over on Kauai and he took me out often. Surfing clicked, I was really bad at every other sport. I’m a pretty competitive person, it runs in my blood.
How did your career evolve from there? There’s been some amazing times, like winning the US Open Junior in Huntington beach, and after that I got into the World Juniors and placed 5th. I was on a roll, which was a nice but I also had some hard times with the losses. The first full year on the QS in 2012 was brutal, there was a lot of times where I got beat. I’ll admit that. But it’s about learning from those experiences and I’ve appreciated traveling everywhere. The QS is all about figuring out all the waves. Growing is hard in the sense that you never know what you’re going to experience, and you don’t know how good the waves are going to be.
Make the CT, win some QS events. I’m also starting school in August. Graduating college is another career goal. What’s been the biggest struggle you’ve faced throughout your competitive career? Where my mind is at. I know everyone’s been through it, battling their own mind. Even battling quitting, I’ve gone through that a lot. I know it’s hard but I’m good at surfing. I deserve to be where I am and I have the potential to do better. I need to focus more on working on what my brain is telling me. I think I overthink a lot of things. My parents tell me that, and so does Sunny. So how do you alter that? Learn how to focus more, make all the negative thoughts turn into more beneficial thoughts. You’ve been to every corner of the earth it seems, traveling to QS events and for modeling - where are three places readers must travel to? The Philippines, there’s so many whale sharks. That was next level! Indonesia and Spain, too. Give us a behind the scenes look at the modeling you do. I love the whole artsy side of modeling. It can be so competitive, too. I actually draw a lot of inspiration from photographers. It’s always interesting to see what they like
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of giving everything back. Don’t give 100 percent of you if they’re not going to give 100 percent back to you. But do get your hopes up in competitions. Always keep fighting.
Advice to young wahine?
Last words for the Freesurf audience?
Keep pursuing your dreams. Don’t let people get you down. Honestly, sometimes people hype things up and never follow through. Sometimes its good to not necessarily get your hopes up but just don’t put everything into it, unless they are capable
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Do you believe in eating all organic, despite the high prices?
Any tips for people who want to start living a plant based diet life?
I believe in doing the best you can. I don't eat fully organic, although I would like to. I eat far from perfectly. It’s all about doing the best you can, choosing plant over processed and aiming for a life of balance and happiness.
Commit! Fully commit and don't even allow yourself to question it until you have met your goal, whatever you decide that is. Our minds are amazing at convincing us to not change. Discipline is the challenge. Prepare to succeed, stay nourished, full and hydrated, get educated, enjoy and view the process as a new adventure and learning experience. Before you know it, it won't feel foreign and instead become simply your way of life.
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What is one of your favorite dishes? Favorite ingredients? One word, mangos! I love food. I love fresh tropical fruit, açai bowls are definitely up
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It isn't always easy to find that perfect balance between work and play, but Glennel Warren seems to have it figured out. Although the North Shore resident believes that it's more important to surf than make money, she still manages to maintain a highly successful professional career. When this incredibly motivated woman is not working as a financial planner at American Savings Bank in Haleiwa, you'll most likely find her dirt biking the Kahuku motocross track, kiting out at Mokuleia, or surfing big Sunset. “Work is very important, that's why I got my MBA, but I have prioritized all these activities to be equal to my professional obligations,” she says. “I could be in L.A. or New York making a ton of money, but I'd rather be out in nature. I think it's more important to do the things that make you happy than just to pursue financial and professional goals.” The financial planner has been advising clients for eight years and says that one of her favorite things about working in Haleiwa is the location. When Glennel talks about the North Shore, her excitement is palpable. “It offers so many opportunities for so many sports and activities,” she says. “I can kite, dirt bike, SUP, run the beach, hike, surf, swim. The possibilities here are endless.” Plus, having a job on the seven-mile miracle enables her to surf before, after, and occasionally between meetings. “If I don't have a meeting til noon, I surf in the morning,” she says. “If I'm done at four, I surf after work. Luckily most of my clients are surfers too,
so they understand. I actually see a lot of them out in the water.” Working at a major bank can be quite intense, but this wahine says that as long as there's time to get in the water, she can handle just about anything. “My job can be very stressful, but I find that surfing gives me the confidence to take on the challenges in my profession. Being in the ocean or riding in the jungle is what keeps me focused. It makes it so that if I do have to pull a ten-hour day in the office, it's okay. Because after, I can go surf and it just takes away all the stress.” Eighteen years ago, Glennel learned how to surf in the cruisey waves of Malibu, California. At age 15, she left home and moved to Maui, ending up on Oahu a few years later. As time passed, her confidence in the North Shore surf grew and eventually she began paddling out in larger surf. “Five years ago I started tow surfing. It really helped me to get more comfortable in bigger waves,” she says. “A year ago I decided I wanted to actually paddle out into some larger waves. I got a 10-foot gun and started paddling out to big Sunset.” Glennel doesn't just go big out in the surf; she is fullon in every aspect of her life. From dirtbiking to stand up paddling, to her professional life to kiting, the overachiever tends to do as much as possible and always wants to go bigger. “That's why I decided to start surfing Sunset and that's why I want to start my own financial planning practice, she says. “I can't help it, it's almost like I feel anxiety if I'm not doing more and more.
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It's like it gnaws at you, the feeling that you have to do Once she realized it was something bigger and more possible to make a living by challenging and scarier. I think helping people invest their some people are hardwired money and plan for retirement, like that.” she charged full speed ahead and has yet to even think about slowing down. Glennel didn't grow up with the notion of being a big wave surfer or financial planner, From her personality to her but she definitely has the demeanor, Glennel is instantly mindset for both. She is highly likable. She’s genuine, smart, ambitious and doesn’t give personable and confident, in to fear: “there are days yet humble. The topic of how where I'm terrified, but I don't her day was going arose, put pressure on myself,” she and she said, “I just got out says. “The whole thing with of a business meeting in big wave surfing is it's a head Wahiawa. After this interview game. When you know your I’m supposed to meet up with capabilities, then you can just a few friends out at Mokes to relax. It's all about knowing go kite and if I make it home what you can do. We get before dark, I’ll try to squeeze scared when we're not sure in a quick run.” of ourselves, but when you know what you're capable of What does the future hold for then you can just relax and go the woman with a Cheshire Cat through the motions.” smile? “I eventually want to start my own financial planning practice,” she says. “I'd like to As far as her profession is be the go-to financial planner concerned, she explains, for the residents of the North “When I started college I had Shore while maintaining the no idea what I wanted to do, ability to keep surfing, dirt but I was good at finance and biking and kiting.” interested in it on a personal level. I've just been drawn into When it comes to surfing and it since I was young. I read her career, Glennel holds a books about it as a teenager quality that begets success: and when I was twenty-one, she’s always ready to step up I did an internship at Merrill her game by going bigger Lynch. Until then, it had never and charging harder than ever dawned on me that I could before. make a career out of it.”
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FOREVER UNCLE: RIP RABBIT KEKAI By Mike Latronic Eleanor Roosevelt once said “People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.” Albert "Rabbit" Kekai was indeed a character and indeed experienced. A true to life Waikiki Beach Boy, he played hard in and out of the surf. Buff as a young man and spry and wiley in his elder years, Uncle Rabbit has caught as many or more waves than any man alive if nearly 90 years of paddling out can attest. Born in Honolulu in 1920, Rabbit began surfing at the age of three and by the age of five, Kekai was surfing on his own. Around age ten and in his preteens, Kekai was said to have been tutored by the Duke Kahanumoku himself in the art of wave riding and canoeing. Soon to become a stand out “hot dogger”, Kekai was attempting and performing tricks and turns which were rarely seen during that period, such as the drop knee bottom turn. He enjoyed high profile status as a top Waikiki surfer and even ventured out the bigger more treacherous surf of the North Shore of Oahu during the pioneering era. Kekai had served in the military during World War II for three years and was stationed in Haleiwa - so that was convenient for the avid surfer. He worked on the Underwater Demolition Teams, or UDTs, that operated in the Pacific Theatre that had the responsibility of deploying depth charges to destroy Japanese ships. This helped clear the way for American troops to capture the Federated States of Micronesia from Japan. In his later years Rabbit would marry and raise a family. He also served as a Beach Marshall for the Triple Crown of Surfing events for many years, where he would pass on his wisdom and aloha to countless visiting surfers. The Rabbit Kekai Keiki Surf Contest was created near the turn of the century along with the Rabbit Kekai Foundation. Held every year at Waikiki Beach, Uncle Rabbit would promote surfing for Hawaii's children. Kekai attended the contests and presented the prizes to the winners. He was the oldest “kid” there. In August 2012, Kekai was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport and na keiki. He remained an avid surfer until his death on May 13, 2016 at Leahi Hospital in Honolulu. He was 95. Rabbit will be a forever Uncle to so many.
In late April, over 125 of Hawaii’s keiki took to the surf at Kailua’s Kalama Beach during the 15th Annual Ocean Sports and Fitness Day. HIC and Volcom once again partnered with the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) to give Hawaii youth the opportunity to learn to surf, bodyboard, paddle canoe and play volleyball. All in the spirit of Duke Kahanamoku. The Ocean Sports and Fitness Day provides a unique opportunity for BGCH members to spend a day learning beach and ocean sports, health, fitness and ocean safety. The participating keiki come from five Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii locations around Oahu, including Waianae, Nanakuli, Ewa Beach, Honolulu and Windward Oahu. For many of the keiki this was their first opportunity to learn to surf, even though they have grown up in the birthplace of the sport. Surfing instruction was provided on the beach by Tammy Moniz of Faith Surf School, while bodyboarding class was lead by Jeannie Chesser. The list of instructors included local pros like HIC’s Josh Moniz, as well as Kaimana Henry, Kai Garcia, Tai Van Dyke, Kawai Lindo and Jason Shibata from Volcom. Thanks to a grant from the ODKF this event was free for BGCH members. A very special mahalo to all of the volunteers in the water and on the beach who generously shared their time, knowledge, stoke and aloha with Hawaii’s next generation of waterman.
NOTES T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii in partnership with Hawaii’s leading big wave surf photographer, Zak Noyle, presented an exclusive gallery exhibition showcasing never-before-seen images from the 31st Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. The free gallery, located on the ground floor of the luxury travel retailer in Waikiki, is on exhibit now through August 31, 2016. A special launch event took place on May 7 to raise funds and awareness for the Eddie Aikau Foundation. The gallery exhibition features awe-inspiring photographs, printed by Canon using the latest Canon IPF9400, and includes Noyle’s top 10 picks from the day. The equipment he used in the water including his Canon 70D camera, Canon 24-105 lens, SPL water housing and custom “Zak Noyle Da Fins” are also on display. “The opportunity to be in the water photographing The Eddie was such an incredible honor and a day I will never forget. I am stoked to be able to re-live these memories through the T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii gallery and to share these epic moments with locals and visitors through images that I’m revealing for the very first time,” Noyle said. In addition, visitors to T Galleria by DFS Hawaii’s gallery exhibition will find the surfboard that Koa Rothman used on the day of The Eddie, the youngest competitor at age 22, and the Aqua Lung, the most technologically advanced inflatable ocean safety vest that was launched at this year’s contest. To officially celebrate the gallery launch, T Galleria by DFS invited customers, fans and the community to the store on May 7, where international pro surfers from the 2016 Eddie, including Clyde Aikau, the younger brother of Eddie Aikau, made an in-store appearance to personally sign artwork and meet fans. Proceeds from art purchased that evening benefited the Eddie Aikau Foundation.
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WSL Hawaii hosted a career day experience on Saturday, May 14, for Kamehameha and Farrington high school surf team members. Gathering at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, the event introduced young surfer/scholars to the vast variety of job opportunities available in the surfing industry today, and sought to stoke the flame of education, community, culture and ultimately, career prospects. Well-respected North Shore lifeguard Mark Dombroski, previous Top 16 World Tour competitor Marty Thomas, Freesurf magazine staffers, and WSL Hawaii team members filled the morning with surf-inspired career insights. The group was also treated to an impromptu get-together with AccesSurf leaders and athletes. Topics ranged from waterman skills and the importance of
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LAST LOOK What does the future of women’s surfing look like? While we don’t have a crystal ball, we do have Brisa Hennessy. Having already made her debut WSL appearance at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach earlier in the year, we can’t wait to see how far the 16-year-old wahine takes her talents. Photo: Chris Latronic
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