Summer Swells

Gary Kewley
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Friday - July 07, 2006
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Aloha, surfers and beach-goers!

Just waitin’ for bigger summer swells at China Walls
Just waitin’ for bigger summer swells at China
Walls

Here’s July’s first surf column, as time flies by. I hope you’re catching your fair share, whatever that may be. I hope you had an awesome Fourth of July, too. For me, these summer days are rather hectic as I’m trying to launch a more powerful version of surfnewsnetwork.com in a week or two. But I do manage to get “out there.” Sometimes that’s all it takes for me. That initial splash into the water is so sweet. I feel I’ve “arrived” into my element - right where I’m supposed to be. That giddy feeling overwhelms my entire body, giving me that extra smile and paddle power. I’m a kid again. Not many things in life give you that.

Well, as written in last week’s column, the southern “juice” has lost its flavor ... though if you’re thirsty enough, you’ll drink. There’s just been a bunch of 3-foot swells, however, many of us like it better if it’s overhead or 4 feet minimum. As I write this we should be getting a boost to at least 3 feet again late Wednesday, peaking Thursday/Friday. Then we see another building Sunday (7/9) moderate in size or 4 feet. Come on, now, let’s see a 6-foot SSW’r, one that gets every-body’s juices flowing. Actually, the chances are good to get high surf advisory levels before the end of summer, so hang (10) in there.


Some say Casey Brown from Hawaii may have won the 2006 NSSA Nationals if he didn’t get interference in the final minutes
Some say Casey Brown from Hawaii may have won the
2006 NSSA Nationals if he didn’t get interference in the
final minutes

It looks like the North Shore could wake up a little around Thursday or Friday. Plus, there was a rare tropical storm near the Philippines that may stir us up with a “very” west swell Sunday-ish. Stay tuned and remember that long-range forecasts (one week out or more) are subject to change. I need to mention these tiny WNW pulses because they’re relatively rare for this time of year. During winter months they wouldn’t even be noticed.

Hey, let’s check up on the event scene, shall we? The 2006 Men’s World Long Board Championships are pau as of June 28. This one was extra special because it was the 13th annual Rabbit Kekai International Long Board Classic in which the World Championship took place.

The winner and the new No. 1 is a guy named Josh Constable from Australia. In the man-onman final, Josh narrowly defeated Ned Snow, who’s from the Big Island but now lives here on Oahu. In fact, I surfed with him and surf forecaster Pat Caldwell at Diamond Head just prior to Ned leaving to Costa Rica where the contest happened. Both Pat and I where talking about how good he surfed ... so smooth yet aggressive. Ned is an all around super-nice person, too. It isn’t just good surfing, it’s also about good attitude. Ned Snow has both. He rides full time for Quiksilver, and they know a thing or two about finding the right talent to sponsor ... ever hear of Kelly Slater?

So, what happened over Independence Day weekend? A lot! The Hawaiian Island Surf ministries had a fun event finishing at Queens and the ever-popular Bayfest rocked at Kaneohe Marine Base.

Last ,but certainly not least ... Hawaii kicked some arse again in the 2006 NSSA Nationals this past weekend at Trestles in Southern California. Last week I accidentally posted results from last year, so here are the correct (current) results!

Winning the 2006 NSSA Nationals Open Men’s was Kekoa Cazimero! He was ecstatic and so was his dad, Turk (a classic human being who gave Kekoa good surfing genes). Kekoa had this to say: “I don’t know what to do with myself right now. It’s something I’ll never forget ... all the boys were just going nuts!” ... Count on me getting an interview in a later column.


It’s truly amazing how well Hawaii is doing for this new age of young rippers! How dominant? Try five local boyz out of six in the most prestigious open men’s final: 1) Kekoa Cazimero, 2) Dusty Payne, 3) Casey Brown, 4) Granger Larsen, 5) last year’s winner Clay Marzo, and 6) California’s lone surf-vivor Tanner Gadauskas.

Open Women results weren’t much different as Hawaii girlz dominated, too. The results are as follows 1) Carissa Moore ,2) Malia Manuel, 3) Sage Erickson, 4) Coco Ho, 5) Courtney Conlogue, and 6) Lani Hunter!

Congratulations, Hawaii surfers!

Ahhhh, the sport of kings! I’ll post the complete results at SURFNEWSNETWORK.COM ... and scoop up some more interviews. So come on back now, ya hear? Special thanks to newportsurfshots.com.

I’m GQ, droppin’ in 4 U!

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