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By Keoki Saguibo

I can't help but love summer over again, year after year. I would think after an eventful winter it would be hard to top the powerful waves of the North Shore but I find myself hopping on every south shore swell before the summer season even starts. I wonder why but I am not complaining one bit. I fricken love town.

tackle the concrete jungle with the least amount of stress. Letting you know the roads to take, what tide is best to surf in Town, some favorite eating places and other useful insight that comes from experience. Yeah you may do a quick search on the internet but a review can only take you so far, surfing knowledge not included.

Summer to me was, and still is, sunny hot, days blessed with sunburn eyes and fatigue from surfing the South Shore. When I graduated from gromhood, my body would take a beating from the summer sun, surfing Queens then paddling over to Kewalos, then walking back from Queens for a morning session that would last over six hours. This was on repeat until I figured out what worked best for majority of the breaks and some breaks that are so fickle, that I took them for granted when they broke somewhat properly.

Summer surf also comes with its fair share of history that has been chronicled since the early days of Duke as well as years before him. Those who paved the blue water lineups before us, the Waikiki Beach Boys, have succumbed to the modern version of past tradition of which the Moniz family carries on the beachboy persona to continue the everlasting title of a Waikiki Beach Boy.

I have met countless friends and learned from the uncles who have left eternal footprints on the shores of Town. It was a blessing in disguise as I knew my peeling back and sunburnt eyes would come with knowledge not taught in college and definitely can’t be bought. For our summer issue I couldn't help but share the knowledge I've gained from my younger years by giving some advice on how to

I always felt as a surfer that it was my responsibility to know what came before me, how it became, and why things are this way. It wasn't to become a historian of Hawaiian surfing but knew that the best information came from those that spend their decades spreading the joy that surfing brings. But as a hard-head I also learned the hard way by figuring things out for myself through humble scoldings from the uncles and learning to adapt with the changing backgrounds that our South Shore has succumb too. Sign me up for summer fun in town ‘cause now I have loads of sunscreen I can’t wait to use.


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Following suit with his best mates and Balter Brewing partners Bede Durbidge, Josh Kerr, and Mick Fanning, former World Champion and CT favorite Joel Parkinson announced that the 2018 Billabong Pipe Masters in December would be his final event as a full-time World Tour competitor. Parkinson’s revealing the decision on the eve of J-Bay had particular sentimental value for the Gold Coast power surfer: nearly 20 years prior, Parko had kicked off his stellar career with an unforgettable victory at the South African surfing mecca as a rookie. “The fire just hasn’t been there for a while now and I never wanted to surf without it, so it’s time to go look for it somewhere else,” he said in his July 2 announcement. “The tour has given me so much. So many memories, so many friends, the chance for my kids to see the world, but it’s time to move on to the next chapter.” Cheers Parko, and thank you!

Jack Robinson Wins 2018 Rip Curl Cup On The Swell Of The Year At Padang Padang Patience was rewarded at Padang Padang Thursday for the Finals of the 2018 Rip Curl Cup. After playing coy last year and withholding the world-class waves required to hold the WSL specialty event, Padang Padang returned with a vengeance in 2018, producing one of the most spectacular two days of barrels ever seen at The Rip Curl Cup. “It was worth the wait,” said the young Western Australian Robinson. “This is one of the best contests all year and one of my Top 3 for sure. It might not be a QS or a CT, but it’s against the best guys at one of the best waves.”


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FIRST EVER WOMEN’S BIG WAVE SURFING CONTEST HELD AT PUERTO ESCONDIDO The first ever women’s Mexican Big Wave contest was held in June at Puerto Escondido, hosted by Surf Open Live. The women’s Puerto Escondido Cup was held in conjunction with the returning men’s event -- which was dominated by local chargers -- and despite impressive performances across the board it was California’s Bianca Vallenti who scored the unforgettable bombs that drove her to victory. Though Maui’s Paige Alms was notably absent from the event, Hawaii had strong representation out of Oahu and Kauai with Emi Erickson and Keala Kennelly. Kennelly will be joining Alms and Andrea Moller in San Francisco on August 16 to support the release of a new documentary from director Sachi Cunningham called SEACHANGE about pay equity in big wave surfing.

WOMEN OF WCT RETURN TO J-BAY The world’s most elite female surfers returned to Jeffrey’s Bay this contest season for the first time since 2000, when Hawaii’s own Megan Abubo took home the win in South Africa. Abubo took a Throwback Thursday opportunity reminisce on her win and wish the ladies well in the first female J-Bay comp in nearly 20 years. “This was one of my favorite wins ever and I’ll never forget surfing this wave with one other woman out,” she said. “Hope the ladies rip it up out there, extremely proud to see women compete at one of the best waves in the world again.” And rip they did as Aussie Steph Gilmore surfed brilliantly with style to overtake Lakey Peterson in both the finals and on the WSL rankings!


If indeed "youth is king" and "content is everything" then the marriage of Hawaii's premiere surf media company and the NSSA was a match made in heaven. "We are proud, honored and excited to be the media and marketing partner of NSSA-Hawaii. " says Mike Latronic of Manulele. "The NSSA continues to churn out the best and brightest surfer athletes year after year and has been doing so for decades! We are thrilled to have an up close and personal relationship with the organization and the youth of Hawaii and this is as grass roots as it gets!” From the NSSA Hawaii side Miko Parker assistant director had this to say, "NSSA Hawaii is excited to announce our new partnership with Manulele Inc. We know this is going to be a very positive move for NSSA Hawaii and have known Mike for over 20 years. NSSA Hawaii is a big Ohana and were pleased to welcome Mike, Manulele and the crew to the family! Latronic added, "We aim to impact the organization from both a media and sponsorship standpoint. Our production crew will capture content and disperse this content via digital; TV and print channels to raise the profile of the athletes, the events and the sponsors who support the youth organization!"





What’s not to like about environmentally friendly products that help us stay in the surf longer protecting our precious exodermis? Sun Bum is proud to introduce a new zinc-based Mineral collection for your “lounging and earth loving pleasure. “ Says Sun Bum’s president Tom Rinks, “We created our new zinc-based line because there are more and more people in our community that prefer to use a mineral ingredient-based sunscreen. From the beginning, we set out to create the healthiest and most effective sunscreen to protect our kids, our families and friends from the sun. So, having a line of mineral sunscreen products was a natural step for us – especially now that the technology and aesthetics of these types of “natural” sunscreens have improved so much. “ And here’s more good news to like-the Mineral line is reef friendly (Oxybenzone Free & Oxtinoxate Free), Vegan and Cruelty Free. Sun Bum’s mineral sunscreen serves as a “blocker” by sitting on top of the skin and reflecting the sun’s rays. This leaves a “ghosting” look versus the sheer look that a “synthetic” active sunscreen gives, since it is absorbed when applied. Whether you like the clearer version or the mineral based blocker, we really like the fact that Tom says, “We don’t care if you use ours, just use sunscreen.”

Many people choose the ocean as their escape from the chaos in the streets, and Head Noise is just that. The ocean is Noa Deane's skatepark and liberation in life! The only way to beat that noise out of your head is to go fast and high. We followed Noa to his favorite surf spots from Australia to Hawaii to Indonesia testing out his new clothing collection, Noise Noise Noise.

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Head Noise is a direct reflection of Noa Deane. It's a candid look at one of surfing's most exciting characters through high-action, heavy-charging, avant-garde surfing for the new age, documented unmistakably through the lens of filmmaker Mikey Mallalieu. Expect this movie to shift your head and make you want to shred! The Head Noise movie premiere tour will kicked off on July 12 in Los Angeles and ran through California, as well as the East Coast, in the month of July. 18


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Honolulu, Hawaii, April 30, 2018 - The Changing of the Tides was created by world renowned local surf photographer, Zak Noyle, with the hope of giving the next generation of surf photographers more support, help, and better opportunities. Up-and-coming photographers will be presented a platform to showcase their talent on the world stage, with the goal of making this a potential career.

We took the 40 down to 10 in the next round and they were required to submit an additional set of images as their best images shot. The judging process was not easy, with each judge looking for what they felt was the full package. Some of the judges, such as Keoki S and Mike Latronic, lent a more editorial eye looking for photos that could fill a full feature, while photo agent Jeff Hall looked for image quality that could complete the next big ad campaign. It was diverse, intense, and exactly what was needed to ďŹ nd the top entries.

The contest was an overwhelming success, with over 40 participants from across Hawaii participating in the contest. The quality of images was above and beyond what was wished for with every photographer stepping out of their comfort zone to create a submission they were proud of.

The 6 ďŹ nalist from across the state of Hawaii are: Nick Gruen, Luke Horner, Dave Gomez, Shane Grace, Kalani Minihan, Philip Kitamura.

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The judges, including Zak, include some of Hawaii’s biggest icons in the surf industry such as Brian Bielmann, Keoki Seguibo, John Hook, Mike Latronic, Brent Bielmann, Amber Mozo, Ryan Moss as well as Jeff Hall of A-Frame Media.

Zak’s brand partners include RVCA, Surfline, T&C Surf, Hayn, Free Surf Magazine, A Frame Photo agency, Da Fin, SunBum, Hydro Flask, Lexar Memory Cards, LaCie Hard Drives, Hawaiian Airlines, and THE MODERN HONOLULU.

The awards event and winner announcement will take place on May 10th at THE MODERN HONOLULU in their Study Hall starting at 7pm. Each of the 6 finalist will speak at the awards event sharing their proudest photos with all. Before the announcing of the winner we will be have a People’s Choice Award presented by Hawaiian Airlines. This will be voted on by all in attendance that evening to find their favorite portfolio shown. The winner of The People’s Choice Award presented by Hawaiian Airlines will receive 100,000 HawaiianMiles!

The winner will receive a one-year photography contract with A Frame, Hayn, SunBum, and Da Fin. Additionally, RVCA will also give away an all- expense paid trip with Zak Noyle and the RVCA surf team on their annual RVCA team trip. T&C Surf will create and feature a signature tee and promote the winner’s image and work. Winner will enjoy a stay at THE MODERN HONOLULU and a range of new and exciting products from Hydro Flask, LaCie, Waiola and Lexar. All specially picked and created by Zak and his partners in order to help turn this into their profession.

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By Keoki Summer on the South Shore is a place for the locals to revel in their own type of atmosphere compared to winter on the North Shore. The winter season swells take the majority of the hype when you mention surf and Hawaii. Of course, it's considered the seven-mile miracle, which it is, but it only lasts for the better part of the year. When spring comes around, and the surf crowds and waves slowly dissipate from raw energy to playful lineups, the mind wanders to the South Shore swells and “if” the summer will be a long drag or one that's memorable with good surf.

Growing up, I looked at summer as freedom

Trial and error proved to be the best

world, three factors make a great session,

from the school trap and the time of

approach to orient myself. You must unwind

especially in town- wind, waves, and tide.

consistent waves. I was only around five

the labyrinth yourself to find the cheap

The first two seem somewhat a given being

foot tall, so any swell above a foot was

places to eat and the areas with abundant

that if there is no swell, there are no waves.

good enough for me. I was dropped off

parking. I seldom received good advice,

Wind doesn’t make a difference because the

at Waikiki beach around 8 am when my

and it often equated to that of the expensive

trades usually blow offshore all day unless

father went to work. He gave me $5 to

tourist traps found on popular websites like

the Kona winds decide to show up then

survive eight-plus hours in the tourist-filled

Trip Advisor. But I'll let you in on some so-

your in to be creative own what part of the

beaches and concrete jungle. As a country boy, city life felt exciting because there was always something to do. I had to figure out a strategy to make it through the day without succumbing to the fun agenda which prolonged summer in the worst way.

When the North Shore dwindles down, and the South Shore comes alive, Hawaii upholds its deal to provide an endless summer to surfers.

I learned about places to eat, which waves

island you would need to go. Tide, on the other hand, plays a more significant role than you think. Low tide on the South Shore makes majority spots break but not to its full advantage. Spots like Ala Moana beach park work well on low tides, and some of the outer reef breaks don’t mind as much.

to surf on all tides, and which direction they

called secrets, some you probably already

Around mid tide, like most spots around

favored the most. Waikiki was my home base

know, and some might help you get through

Hawaii and the world, seems to light up

because that's where the majority of other

the four-month slump.

and the best seems to be a low tide going

kids my age were. We would wreck havoc

high. The tide push is very critical to the

amongst hotels, tourist, and get away with as

If surf is on your mind, you can start here.

South Shore as its pushes any swell, whether

much free stuff from businesses around the

The first advice I can give you steers away

rising or falling, giving you a chance to get

area. It was my summer fun but became the

from the obvious, which is swell. Of course,

the best surf of the day. On the high tide,

basis of my surfing future whenever late May

you need a swell to surf, but other factors

spots such as Waikiki, Diamond Head, and

came around.

come into play, and no matter what size

Kewalos tend to light up the crowded places

swell is coming in, the tide will mainly dictate

but still work somewhat better than most

if you score or not. Just like any part of the

other spots.

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The swell direction has a minimal play on the reefs and the majority of the swell comes from the SW direction. When the straight south, south-west, or even southeasterly direction swells hit, most spots tend not to work as well. You need a good concoction of south and west to make most waves do its magic. When you find out what swell is hitting the south shore and you have the tides in your favor, picking a spot tends to be less indecisive. But what if you can’t make up your mind about where to surf? How would you go about checking the places without losing much

The worst traffic I have experienced is the afternoon traffic hours when detours in town tend to lead away from the waves and smack dab into the middle of Honolulu. Getting back to where you want to could cost you much-needed water time.

time in traffic? The way to do it is to pick a spot then head into it from either end of the spectrum, meaning if you want to surf Queens but want to see other spots as well, start at Kewalos or Diamond Head then work your way in. If you start at your selected spot, then figure it's no good, you would be losing a lot of time hopping around heading east or west, going through traffic lights and detours. Start from one end then work your way through. There are a lot of one-way streets and especially detours during the morning and afternoon traffic hours. The worst I have experienced is the afternoon traffic hours when detours in town tend to lead away from the waves and smack dab into the middle of Honolulu. Getting back to where you want to could cost you much-needed water time. I learned to do things this way to sometimes allow for another after lunch session before I


head back to the North Shore and beat rush hour traffic. If you don’t mind the traffic and luckily have the day off to explore multiple waves, hunger will set in at some point. One of the great things about town is the options of places to eat in such a short distance. My go-to spot has to be Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center. Its Japanese inspired cuisine with fair prices has never failed me, not to mention the all-day Happy Hour for a cold brew. It's pretty much a no fail on the weekends. If Japanese isn’t your choice and you want a good ol kanak attack, Rainbow Drive In on Kapahulu is the spot. A local plate lunch menu with the best strawberry ice cream slushy to top it off, you 26

can’t beat it. They have been serving the same plate lunch menu for years, and they taste Hawaiian food options, Keeaumoku Seafood is a no-fail spot. What looks like a mom and pop store that is easy to miss, parking is scarce, and there is no room to dine in, this hole


just as good as they did the first time. If you're craving some fresh fish mixed with some

in the wall makes it well worth it after every bite. The fish is fresh from the auction daily and prepared with minimal ingredients, thinking about it is making my mouth water. If you get the chance, I would recommend the ahi belly plate, I swear you will be humbled. Google Maps will come in handy as this place is hard to find. Check your route direction first before heading into the town maze and get a good hold on where you have to go. Police are bountiful in town; one second you think you have time to look at your phone and the next you're pulling over because a cop just popped out of the side street you never saw. It happened to me - I am about three tickets deep for doing just that. Parking on the South Shore tends to be a game of finders keeper while dodging the high fees for “premium” spots. If you're planning to surf Diamond Head, free parking is bountiful and the walk down to the water is littered with goat trails and a paved walkway. As you head into Waikiki, parking gets a little more complicated and somewhat pricey. You can head to either side of Waikiki to find parking. Starting at the Honolulu Zoo where

Police are bountiful in town; one second you think you have time to look at your phone and the next you're pulling over because a cop just popped out of the side street you never saw.

parking is $1/ hour, this is as easy as you’ll get, but it tends to fill up fast post dawn patrol towards the Ala Wai canal in hopes of finding street parking. This works best when people head off to work during the week around the mid-morning until the early afternoon, but


hours. For free parking in Waikiki, your best bet is to run the gauntlet of side streets

you don't expect this result on the weekends. Towards Bowls area, parking is abundant, and the race for a spot is more of a challenge. Heading to Ala Moana Boat Harbor, go to the farthest parking lot near the ocean and head west. Here you’ll find a long stretch of parking but only as a first come, first serve basis.


It's more options than the tightly filled east end parking lot, and the showers are on the


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Don’t be discouraged about the crowds as we all are part of it and with a solid plan to get to your surf break, finding a good parking spot, and good food to round off the day, South Shore is more doable than one would think. way out of the water to your car and the bathroom close by as well. Parking is free but pay attention to the signs where permit parking is needed and is intended for boat users. Ala Moana Beach Park tends to have lots of street parking but also depends on the time of day. It also seems to be where the majority of dawn patrollers wet their gills before the days work because of the consistency of swell and the options of surf breaks available in a small area. For the most consistent parking, try Ala Moana Shopping Center as long as you don’t mind the less than a five-minute walk through the park. On the Ewa end, Kewalos has a small parking lot towards the basin but is consistently full; however, stalls tend to open up more rapidly than most other spots in the area. If it's too packed at the Basin, you may find parking at the Point Panic side or Kakaako Park where there are a bunch of stalls with a short walk and paddle across the Kewalo channel to get to the surf. South Shore or ”Town” has its own unique benefits if you're planning on spending the summer on Oahu. Known as the “Gathering Isle” and especially in the heart of where surfing is taught to numerous tourists daily, things tend to get tough for a regular surf routine. Don’t be discouraged about the crowds as we all are part of it and with a solid plan to get to

your surf break, finding a good parking spot, and good food to round off the day, South Shore is more doable than one would think. When the North Shore dwindles down, and the South Shore comes alive, Hawaii upholds its deal to provide an endless summer to surfers.

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All in the Moniz Ohana The Beach Boy Spirit is Alive and Well at Faith Surf School By Ben Marcus

Recent rumors about the death of the Waikiki beach boy services are somewhat exaggerated. While two longstanding beach concessions on either side of the Duke statue have been usurped/ replaced by one, haole-run, dive outfitter - to howls of protest from many corners - the claims that the beach boy tradition is coughing up blood and dying, are not true. There are many concessionaires along the beach at Waikiki who still aspire to and deliver - the time-honored qualities of service, safety, integrity, fun, aloha - done with Hawaiian style and care. Faith Surf School isn’t the only beach concession keeping the aloha alive, but the Moniz family, and their loyal, sun-drenched, hard-working employees, are an example of a beach boy service with its feet in the nervous, chaotic present but its soul in a more relaxed past. The surf instructors, canoe captains and beach services crew at Faith Surf School work hard in the hot sun, day after day, but they do it right - with aloha that would inspire that Duke statue to go thumbs-up.

What Would Duke Do? Here in the first half of the 21st Century - 50 years after his death - the larger than life statue of Duke Kahanamoku is there at Kuhio Beach, back to the ocean, standing tall with arms outstretched welcoming and watching over the flow of people as restless and moving as the ocean they came to see: “Duke's statue was erected with his back to the ocean intentionally by his wife Nadine and brothers Louis and Sarge,” claimed historian Sandy K Hall, “He is welcoming the public to the ocean. Facing the other way, photos would be taken with Hyatt as a backdrop, which would not be what Duke 33

wanted. Nadine said whenever Duke ran out of the ocean, he always had his back turned.” From before sunrise to well after sunset, every day, four seasons, anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 visitors land every month on Oahu. That's a minimum of 13,333 new visitors a day - every day - landing on Oahu yearning to catch some rays in the sunny surf. Those millions and millions of visitors flow billions of dollars into the economies of Waikiki, Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands. An unknown but significant slab of that money is invested by malahini getting to know the secrets of the sea - renting surfboards, taking surf instruction, paddling canoes into the surf guided by pros, then renting umbrellas and other beach equipment for sun protection after many hours in the surf.

Choke Kala You would plotz, if you knew how much those Waikiki concessionaires pay, a month, to provide those services. It’s a lot of money. Those beach concessions flow kala like Kilauea flows lava, and the most lucrative of the Waikiki beach services are most likely right up there or surpassing Matsumotos Shave Ice, Ted’s Bakery and that Banan’ Bowls in the alley for being kala cows: money spinners. So right at the start of peak season - the summer of 2018 - Hawaii in general had a cow when the two long-established beach services concessionaires - Star Beach Boys and Hawaiian Oceans - were usurped and replaced by one operation Dive Oahu - run by a guy from Texas. The story was carried in

the surfing world and the mainstream press and the way it was presented made it sound like the removal of those two concessions was a threat to the entire beach boy lifestyle, and another slap in the face to Hawaiian culture and dignity in general.

People might think the beach boy/concession life is a dream job, but the truth is, it’s a lot of hard work, in the heat, exposed to sun rays off the sand and the water. Dealing with the public isn’t always a delight, and the job is also very physical - carrying surfboards in and out of the storage unit, moving canoes up and down the beach.

This move by the City and County of Honolulu caused unrest all up and down Waikiki beach, across Oahu and around the surfing world - and it all might still be going to court.

Richard Schmidt once said the best way to stay in shape for winter was to do surf lessons in summer, because with beginners, you are always on the move: Pushing them into waves, riding waves with them, retrieving them on the inside and helping them paddle back out. Always moving.

But again, rumors of the death of the beach boy services are exaggerated

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It’s a fun, social, rewarding job - beats sitting behind a desk - but it’s work, and there is also a great deal of responsibility because as we all have learned: Shit happens in the ocean. People get hit by their boards, or other boards. They step on urchins or coral. They get tired. They drink and swim. They fall out of flipping catamarans. They get hit by the catamarans. They almost drown. The surf instructors at Faith Surf School have to be responsible for these malahini they take into waters crowded with people: floaters, surfers, SUPistas, canoes, snorkelers. Everything under the sun.

On February 18, 2016 at the Waimea Bay memorial, Tony Moniz stood up and made a speech about his surfing and motocross buddy Brock Little. If you remember the 1990 Eddie, Brock gallantly angled into a giant Waimea Bay barrel and looked like he had it made, but slipped right at the end and went down: “My $50,000 mistake,” Brock called it. Well now that Brock is gone, Tony felt safe to tell the world the true story about that $50,000 mistake. Tony the Tiger had the position and more than enough skills to catch that thing and pull in like Brock did. But Brock talked/screamed/begged Tony into letting him have it. Brock went, got pitted, got doughnuts, didn’t win the $50,000 but made it into the history books with his surfing at the 1990 Eddie.

A Fish Rots from the Head Down In business when they say “a fish rots from the head down” that means the culture of a company is formed from the top down. For Faith Surf School, the top are Tony and Tammy Moniz and to understand them is to understand the stable success of their family, and their family business.

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Tony Moniz was born in Hawaii in 1959, of Portuguese and Hawaiian descent. In The Encyclopedia of Surfing Matt Warshaw describes Tony Moniz as a “Powerful, athletic, easygoing regularfoot surfer from Honolulu, Hawaii. A perennial invitee to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave competitions from 1985 through the ‘00s.”

In 1996 the Moniz family launched the Faith Riding Company clothing line, and that morphed into the Faith Surf School at Waikiki in 2000. Unless there is a hurricane or a sewage spill or a tsunami threat, there is rarely a slow day on the beach at Waikiki.


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Tony began surfing at age five, won the Boy’s division state title at 13, quit the next year to race motocross and was two-time state champion in the 125cc Expert division. At 18 he tried his hands at boxing and made a name for himself in the ring. A year after that Tony returned to surfing and a year after that he was competing on the professional tour. Tony was a Hawaiian tiger through the last couple decades of the 20th Century and into the 21st. Who knows what would happen if he’d gone on that wave he gave Brock, but Tony had plenty of other moments during that time.

Local Emotions: When Tammy Met Tony Since she was a little girl, Tammy Moniz wanted to be a mom, and raise good kids in a Christian household. She began to achieve that dream when she met Tony Moniz in 1984. She was a shy 20 year old working at Local Motion Surf Shop when she first laid eyes on the prize. Tiffany Foyle described the beginning of their alchemy in FreeSurf Magazine. “I would hear his name here and there in conversations,” Tammy said to Tiffany. “He was always described as a good pro surfer who was a humble, Christian, local boy — they said all the words that made my ears perk right up. It was always my dream to marry a local boy and of course I wanted him to be a Christian too.” One day, when Tony walked into Local Motion, Tammy just knew it was he by the pumping of her heart. “You couldn’t Google anyone back then so it’s not like I really knew what he looked like,” Tammy remembers. “I just had an idea from how people talked about him! But I was still very shy. And was especially not going to make the first move on any old guy!” But she did make a move and they dated a couple of times and it all clicked. Two and a half years later they were married, and then two years after that they had their first son, Micah, in 1991. Kelia came next in 1993, then Isaiah, then Josh, then Seth - all within five years. Five kids, all athletes, all water kids. All raised in a solid, loving home which was a fine example of Hawaiian ohana - family.

Surfschooled In Hawaii, what high school you went to is very important and asking about that is one of the first things that strangers will do, when sniffing each other out. When the Moniz kids are asked what high school they went to, they scratch their heads and answer, “Canoes?” That’s not being smart alecky. All of the Moniz kids were “surfschooled.” That is, they were homeschooled by parents who were very busy running the Faith Surf School, and that meant a lot of beach time, water time, surf time. When the Moniz family started the surf school, Micah was nine, Kelia was seven and the youngest was four. Tammy and Tony were very busy running a beach business in the 12 months a year, 10 hours a day, seven days a week, four seasons tourist climate of Waikiki. Sending the kids off to school to give Mom and Dad a break sounded good. But, according to Tammy, the homeschool idea was Tony’s, “When they were ready for school, so was I.” But Tony had bad experiences in Hawaiian schools when he was younger - bullied by teachers, not students - and in his travels Tony had stayed with Australian surfer Guy Ormerod in Australia, “Guy was homeschooling his kids,” Tammy said, “and Tony was impressed by how polite and intelligent they were.”

Readin’, Writin’ and Roundhouse Cutbacks So instead of the three R’s in the Hawaiian public schools Reading, ‘Ritin’ and Roughhousing - Kelia and her brothers were all surfschooled, and that education included a lot of water time on the beach at Waikiki - watched over by Diamond Head, the extended surf school ohana and what Tom Blake called “The Blessed Church of the Sea and Sky.”

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Tammy said: “We were always there with them - working right there in the water, or I’d be on the beach. We had an office in the Marriott, so we would drop the boards off at the beach, with the kids, and go back. After our last lesson, we would stay till after the sun went down with all the Waikiki Beach Family that we hung out with. Kids from the area - kinda like what you see at Queens after school now with all the little groms hollering and laughing in the water on the inside, scrapping for the inside section - that was my kids and their friends.. and always someone’s mom or dad was on the beach posting as Home Base.” It’s easy to argue that young kids interacting with a nonstop parade of tourists from all over the world provided a much better education than daydreaming in a classroom somewhere, looking off toward Diamond Head.

air on the same day Kelly Slater and a happy few were competing in the first wave pool contest at the Surf Ranch - and Moniz’s big air was a hello to that world, to let them know other wave pools are bubbling, with something to offer.

The Dog Days of Summer August in Waikiki may be the best month to be there because it’s hot hot hot and when there’s surf - there really aren’t many better places in the world to be a surfer - the tide doesn’t matter much, the wind is usually offshore and there’s plenny waves. Faith Surf School is busy, and it’s all hands on deck - ohana real and extended. Tammy is paddling around at Canoes on a standup paddleboard, face oiled up with sunscreen, wearing a sun hat, catching waves, talking to friends and strangers and guests. Keeping an eye on things.

And if you meet the Moniz kids, you will be impressed as Tony was in Australia - by how polite and intelligent they are.

Kelia is taking a crew of six giggling Japanese out the back then catching waves and roaring toward the beach at Waikiki - giving these tourists a thrill that is well over a hundred years old - but never gets old.

Daughter of Multiple Races One of the outrigger canoes at Faith Surf School is called Kelia - which means “warm hearted” in Hawaiian - and is named for pro surfer/super model/Instagrammer Kelia Moniz. Like Princess Kaiulani was Scottish/Hawaiian and “a daughter of a double race” according to Robert Louis Stevenson, Kelia is a daughter of multiple races - a mixed calabash of Japanese, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Chinese and Irish - but to see Kelia surfing, or talking story on the beach, or posing for photo shoots, Kelia is channeling some of that regal Princess Kaiulani style - whether she is aware of it or not.

The funny haole guy with the flame tattoos - Kenny is his name - he’s driving and making it look good. Say what you want about haole guys taking Hawaiian jobs, but Kenny’s got the feeling channeling George Freeth or Tom Blake. Captain Kenny is responsible for the health of everyone in the canoe and everyone in his path, but he does it with style. He enjoys what he’s doing, and he passes that on to all his giggling, shrieking guests.

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Tony is in the #4 seat - the power seat - adding some Hawaiian horsepower while Kenny carefully, artfully, weaves through all the human flotsam and jetsam.

As a Roxy model with a Long Island husband who moves and grooves with an A-list crowd, Kelia is arguably the most visible of the Moniz clan, but others get attention, too. Seth, Josh and Isaiah Moniz all compete in the World Surf League. Most recently, Seth Moniz was seen busting a huge air in funny-colored lozenge water in the new American Wave Machines wave pool in Waco, Texas. He popped that

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The Glamorous Life Kelia is out in the water as well, home for a brief time, between contests and photo shoots and the jet-setter life. She is paddling around on a purple, square-tailed longboard accompanied by her husband Joe, a Montauk native and photographer who made headlines a few years ago for getting attacked by a reef shark while on a vacation with Justin Bieber. On some days they’re all there, the Moniz ohana - Tony, Tammy, Micah, Kelia, Isaiah, Josh and Seth - behind the kiosk, on the beach, moving surfboards, carrying canoes, shouting “paddle!” pushing malahini in to waves, chasing them around. Carrying on a long tradition from the early 20th Century into the 21st, and doing it with Hawaiian style. The Moniz family aren’t the only ones getting it right. Hollywood Hal has been visiting Waikiki for decades and he says: Ted Bush of Waikiki Beach Services has been the role model for how the beach boys conduct themselves. He is the most respected canoe captain on the south shore. Russell Chang, Captain Mike and his brother, Virgil also garner a great deal of respect. Don't forget that Didi [Robello] and big Tommy down the beach have also been there forever. The beach boy legend has been embellished over the years but the Waikiki watermen of yesterday were just as salty, (pardon the pun) as the boys today. Perhaps the old days are easy to romanticize. Imagine Kuhio Beach with a lot less tourists. One’s vices could be easily ignored as there was no media magnifying glass focused on their lifestyle. Regardless of decisions made by the City and County in other parts of the beach - and how other concessionaires go about their business: Rumors of the death of the beach boy tradition Waikiki Beach are exaggerated. If you want a taste of the golden, dusky, husky era of the Beach Boys - you’ll find it at Faith Surf School.






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C O M M U N I T Y one of many steps that Hawaii and communities around the world need to take to combat the harmful impact humans are having on the ocean. State Representative and Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection Chris Lee has been working on this bill, along with many other environment protection bills, for the past few years. While the official ban does not begin until 2020, the time in between provides a window in which sunscreen manufacturers have a chance to reformulate their product lines and continue operating within the state. Additionally, Lee tells Freesurf, “Passing laws is a careful balance of doing what's right versus doing what's possible. I don't believe a ban that starts tomorrow would have enough support to pass because it would be difficult on small businesses that would be left with sunscreen stock they wouldn't be able to sell, so we allowed time for them to sell it. It was clear that with a compromise like that, we had a much better chance of passing the law.” The ability to reformulate is the best longterm solution for everyone because the brands now have the opportunity to remove these chemicals from all consumer sunscreens worldwide.

Hawaii makes a global impact with recent sunscreen legislation By Alexandra Kahn Environmental enthusiasts and conservation groups around the world continuously work in defense of the land, ocean, and air they strive to protect. Through protests, media, cleanups, social outreach, and events, they fight hard to make their passions clear as they attempt to educate and inspire others. It’s a fight that has gone on for generations, and while they sporadically win small battles, the average result is awareness over action and change. It is rare and for the most part unheard of to have a local government continuously take action on behalf of the environment and create new legislation, but the local government of Hawaii has done just this. The Hawaiian culture has a deep-rooted history with the environment that has fostered respect for the land, ocean, and inhabiting wildlife. As a small, isolated state made up of a chain of volcanic islands, when environmental disasters occur, there is no one else to blame, and there is often no one else to help. The local government has made monumental

strides to pass a plethora of environment-related legislation this year that will have largescale effects on the people, lifestyle, and economics of the Hawaiian islands. Ultimately, the impact of these bills will have a significantly positive impact on the future of this unique state. One of the most aggressive bills to recently be passed into legislation deals directly with Hawaii’s reefs and the harmful effects brought on through the usage of mainstream sunscreens which often contain the harmful chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate. The coral reefs and sea life of Hawaii comprise a significant component of the tourism industry, just as it does in other island and seaside communities. Bountiful evidence has tracked the different factors contributing to the dying reefs, and while many of these factors need to be tackled as global issues, one area where scientists found that local communities can make a difference is when it comes to the chemicals that continuously leak into the ocean from beach goer's sunscreens. While banning these chemicals will not save the reefs, it is

While the effects of harmful sunscreens have been visible through the presence of a film-like layer floating on the surface in one of the bestknown reefs of Oahu- Hanauma Bay, scientific evidence only came about in the past few years. Since childhood, Lee, along with many others locals in the community, witnessed a notable change in the quality 52

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“Save the Beach, Save the Ocean” is the theme of the largely-attended Waikiki cultural event, Greenroom Festival, which highlights local and international musicians and artists who share a passion for surfing and beach culture. Greenroom, an art gallery and boutique featuring art, clothing, books, media, and accessories inspired by surf culture, hosts Greenroom Festival each year. Greenroom Hawaii puts particular emphasis on spotlighting local artists and designers to grow support for the arts throughout Hawaii. Greenroom’s roots lie in Japan, but the creators wanted to bring both the gallery, boutique and festival to Hawaii to join in on the Hawaiian surf culture and increase the appreciation for and protection of the beaches and the ocean. This festival aims to provide locals and visitors in Oahu a chance to come together for a weekend of creativity and surf appreciation. Greenroom Festival in Hawaii has been going for four years, while its sister festival in Japan began in 2005 and currently attracts upwards of 40,000 people at its Yokohama location. September marks the month of Honolulu E-Motion, a concept that combines entertainment, emotion, and motion through sports, fashion, music, and art. The goal of the movement is to create an environment in which people of all

cultures can come together in support of the things they love, meet new people, and bond over their love of Hawaii and the Hawaii lifestyle. This year the event will take place September 7-8 at the Waikiki Shell in Diamond Head and will feature musicians such as Makua Rothman, Mike Love, Anuhea, and Ketsumeishi, as well as a variety of artists such as Heather Brown, Nick Kuchar, Kris Goto, andChristie Shinn. Attendees can purchase art pieces as well as watch some of the artists work live. An event of this magnitude would be incomplete without food, and Greenroom Festival has arranged for some of Hawaii’s most classic dishes such as Hawaiian Shave Ice, Loco Moco, and other sweets to be for sale in the designated food and drink areas. A beach market sits next to the art area and features a variety of brands selling clothing, accessories and other miscellaneous products. There are plenty of activities and vendors to enjoy if you feel like making an entire weekend out of this festival! On Saturday the event will play host to the Hawai’i 2018 Beach Clean Summit and Beach Cleanup. Greenroom Hawaii 54

manager, Tracey Kehler tells Freesurf Magazine, “The Summit is a talk story event with a panel of hosts who aim to give insight into relevant issues from their part of the world with the goal of enlightening and encouraging listeners to get up and get involved to make a difference.” To increase the impact of their cleanup, Greenroom Festival has teamed up with Surfrider Foundation, Kōkua Hawaii Foundation, and Sustainable Coastlines. By teaming up with these groups, there will be a broader social media reach and hopefully a diverse group of participants of all cultures from all parts of the island. The cleanup will start at 10am at Fort DeRussy beach park, followed by lunch, a lottery, and beach soccer. While beach soccer has not traditionally been a favorite sport in Hawaii, people around the world regularly play beach soccer, and Greenroom Festival is pleased to increase participation in this sport by hosting the first official beach soccer tournament in Hawaii. All skills are welcome to enter the competition and players can register as a team or an individual. Another component of Greenroom Festival is the collaborative effort with the Diverse

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Another bloated and decayed Hawaiian monk seal carcass washes ashore.She spent the last few days of her life in excruciating pain as her body swelled to grotesque proportions. A microscopic killer ended her life along with two other since the first of this year and eleven since 2001. The most rare seal in the ocean and one of the most endangered animals in the world, is in a fight for it’s existence against a disease only caused by cats.

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As you approach the feral cat colony, an acrid smell of cat urine punches you in the face. An army of cats patrol the perimeter looking for their next meal, feeding on a mix of other animals and handouts from caregivers. Within the colony of cats a community of microscopic killers thrives by hijacking the minds of mice and rats and turning them into zombies.

The zombie mouse walks confidently through the cat urine smell that he used to avoid like the plague. He sees some food and a cat in the distance. Fearless, he heads to the food when, *BANG*, he’s in the jaws of a feral cat and quickly consumed.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by the toxoplasma gondii parasite. The parasite only reproduces in cats but can infect all warm blooded animals. The parasite cannot reproduce within its own colony and must travel to another colony to reproduce. Living in the gut of one cat, it must get into the stomach of another cat to ensure its legacy. To do so, it lays eggs in the digestive track of a cat and so begins the journey.

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Cat feces not properly disposed of is swept into storm drains by wind and rain and makes its way into the nearshore waters of the main Hawaiian Island. This is where the Hawaiian monk seal contracts toxoplasmosis. A passionate fight ensues between equally fervent factions within an unlikely demographic of environmentalists. Scientists are at arms against passionate volunteers because saving one creature means the management of another. State of Hawaii’s DLNR Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson said that since cats are the only animal that transmit the disease, it “only makes sense� that reducing the number of feral cats will reduce the risk of infection and serious illness or death in other animals. But on the other hand come the people that care for those same feral cats. They push for Tag, Neuter and Release also known as TNR. But TNR has not been proven effective in Hawaii with populations growing and Hawaiian monk seal deaths increasing. Any visit to the parking lot across from Hawaii Kai Costco will leave you shocked at the size of the feral cat colony. Visit just before sunset and witness the enabling and promotion of this colony via the volunteers. The cognitive dissonance within the extreme cat loving community can be hard to understand but may be attributed to the same parasite that once evolved the unique survival strategy to control rats. What if now the parasite has learned to control humans? A human that feeds and maintains a colony of cats also ensures a thriving colony of toxoplasma gondii. This would explain an impassioned cat activist and a reclusive cat hoarder all at the same time. Multiple solutions exist to curb the danger feral cat communities pose to wildlife and maintaining feral colonies is not one of them. Multiple native species have become extinct as a result of cats and the very survival of the endangered Hawaiian monk seal swims in murky waters. We cannot allow feral cat communities to be maintained at the expense of the native animals that have been in Hawaii for millions of years before we showed up with cats.

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IND USTRY NOTES SETH MONIZ JUMPS INTO QUALIFYING TERRITORY WITH BALLITO SEMIFINAL FINISH The Moniz brothers have been trading successes all year both in and out of competition, and following a semifinal finish at the Ballito Pro QS 10,000 in South Africa younger brother Seth has leaped nine spots into the top ten on the International Qualifying Series leaderboard to hold second place and place himself within reach of qualifying for the world tour. The next major QS event is the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, where another 10,000 points will be up for grabs.

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BRAZILIAN STORM CONTINUES WORLD TOUR DOMINATION Following Willian “Panda” Cardoso’s stunning victory at the Uluwatu CT in Bali -- which stacked the world rankings Top 5 with Brazilian powerhouses chasing down Australian Julian Wilson’s precarious hold on the yellow jersey going into Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa -- high-flying aerialist Filipe Toledo slammed the door on Wilson in early July by clinching a repeat victory in perfect surf at J-Bay. Though local boy Jordy Smith and Aussie event runner-up Wade Carmichael used their exceptional performances in Africa to climb the rankings and break up the Brazilian shut-out of the top five slots, Toledo’s second event win of the year has put him in a commanding lead for the 2018 World Title race. At press time, he was leading Wilson by nearly 4,000 points heading into the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, which kicks off on August 10.

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