Surfing into summer at Da Bowls

Gary Kewley
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Friday - May 23, 2008
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TJ Barron in winning form at the first Macy's E-series event at Ma'ili Point
TJ Barron in winning form at the first Macy’s E-series event at Ma’ili Point

Aloha, surfers and beachgoers! Here’s our Memorial Day weekend surf check. Much mahalos for being here!

We’ve had waves! We’ve got waves! A storm off the east coast of New Zealand last weekend pushed up some 2- to 3-foot SSW swells that last through the holiday weekend. Perfect timing for the 2008 Local Motion “Surf Into Summer” presented by Billabong and Von Zipper. It’s at Da Bowl, and competitors will paddle across the channel from Magic Island. It’s a great amphitheatre ... bring your camera or video along with your sunblock. Trades and sunshine will be added to the surf mix. Plus, the energy of humanity is going to be really high. Look up and say thanks.

Even the Local Motion event that kicks off summer likes a kickoff party. So what do you say? Shall we head to Gordon Biersch Saturday night? Yes, let’s go! The party will feature exciting entertainment including Kapena, Lost at Sea and the amazing DJ Eskae of Nocturnal Sound Krew. Also, there will be a sweet fashion show of Local Motion’s and Billabong’s new summer styles.

There’s an added benefit.As with every Heavywater event, Surf into Summer is a fundraiser for a local non-profit organization. Proceeds from the event will go to AccessSurf Hawaii, which helps people with disabilities. The AccessSurf crew provides surfing lessons and educational water recreation programs and, of course, helps with easy access to the beach and ocean. Surf into Summer will help AccessSurf in continuing to pursue its goal to become the leader in recreation and leisure opportunities in the beach environment for people with disabilities. To show your support, come on down and kick off the kickoff! Please log on at

Bruno Santos in winning form at the Billabong Pro Tahiti
Bruno Santos in winning form at the Billabong Pro Tahiti

Starting off this Sunday, May 25, is event No. 4 for the best surfers on planet Earth. They get to surf one of the best waves on earth as well. It’s a spot called Tavarua in Fiji. For me and many others (including Kelly Slater) who’ve had the chance to catch it at its best will tell you ... it’s the best left they’ve ever ridden. There’s not an ounce of stress on that little island (you can walk around it in 20 minutes). The Fijians are what make the place, and I wanna go back so bad it hurts. The holding period for the Globe pro is through Friday June 6. Slater leads the rankings with a bunch of Aussies nibbling, no, biting at his heels. Like Joel Parkison(No. 2), Bede Durbidge(No. 3) and Mick Fanning (No. 5). They don’t want to see this Alien from America nab his ninth title. But neither does the guy currently in fourth place ... Andy Irons.

That’s what’s coming, but what about what’s been?

On May, 15 the Billabong Pro in Tahiti was won by a Brazilian named Bruno Santos. Thing is ... no one would have guessed it. But this guy tore the place up. Now, granted it wasn’t the breathtaking, death-defying thing in the mags ... with 10-foot gaping holes. But it did get solid 6 foot and spitting over the sharp, shallow reef, and the way Santos came all the way through as a wild card and beat the likes of past champ CJ Hobgood was unreal! And, oh yeah, Bruno’s the first Brazilian to win an ASP WCT event in five years! Our hats are off and he’s over the moon.

Macy’s E-Series just kicked off at Ma’ili Point May 15-18. What’s cool is that, though we were a little worried about getting waves out there after weeks of flatness, it came to life just in time! An out-of-season NW swell swept into the area for this one-star WQS (World Qualifying Series). This series is much needed for Hawaii’s aspiring pros who may not be able to afford traveling to get those needed points. There’s a ton of WQS events worldwide, and only those talents who acquire enough points get a shot at the big bucks and dream WCT (World Championship Tour). Congrats to TJ Barron for winning the field. For complete results, log on the slideshow.

See you in the lineup and back here next week in MidWeek!

GQ, dropping in 4 U!

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