Waiting for the North Shore to explode

Gary Kewley
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Friday - September 07, 2007
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Aloha, surfers and beachgoers!

Wave No. 1: It’s back to the books and work after a great Labor Day Weekend…we had tons of hot waves and sunshine. It was such a nice way to finish up August….when we hit September, it really starts to feel like summer is over. That’s a plus and a minus for the majority of surfers who live near town. The plus is that our seven-mile miracle (the North Shore) will start lighting up while the minus is there’s not as many south swells and free time.Whatcha gonna do? Keep surfing, no matter what…that’s what! As far as this weekend goes we’ll have fun 1-3-foot waves in town and country!

Grabbing some air at Ala Moana Bowls
Grabbing some air at Ala Moana Bowls

Wave No. 2: The Fosters World Championship Tour (WCT) gets underway this Sunday. Sept. 9, over in hot and sunny California’s Trestles beach. This is the most ripable of all surf spots on the 10-stop tour. Trestles is a very well shaped right- and left-hander over mostly sandbars. It only holds about 2-6 feet before closing out and losing its magic. It’s considered one of Cali’s best waves. They’ve been scoring hard the past several years, and the performances are stellar. This is where the young guns bust out futuristic moves that defy imagination as well as gravity. What’s cool for regular surfers who watch it live in person or on the web is that they can “relate” to the wave; 90 percent of surfers can handle the place and since it’s so shredable it brings the best out in your surfing. Now watching the best allows for surfers to pretend a little easier…that’s me! As opposed to Pipe, Chopo, Chile or Jeffries Bay, where the waves are so fierce or perfect most don’t try to pretend…they just wonder how in the world a wave “like that” can be surfed “like that!”

The Boost Mobile Pro is the sixth event out of 10 and is likely the most critical for those few who can catch No. 1 ranked Australian Mick Fanning. Ask most anyone in the know and they’ll concede that this is Mick’s year. But with the likes of Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and Joel Parkinson, who knows absolutely? The deal is these pros get two throwaways, but Mick has yet to mess up even once in any of the past five contests (three thirds plus a first and second). That relieves a lot of pressure, which means room to “go Richter.“Andy, meanwhile, has one foul up (a 33rd, second, fifth, first and fifth). Now take that 33 out and he’s in the game ... he’s never left really and, I tell you, Mick knows it - as do all the top 44. Again, who knows? What I do know is this is one exciting tour.

After California, they head off to France, Spain, and then Brazil before heading to Pipeline in December. Log on to ASPWORLDTOUR.COM to go deeper.

Wave No. 3: Last weekend HASA (the Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association) postponed its event Tennis Courts off Magic Island. They’d have scored for their second event of the season ...the 2-3-foot swell was hitting nicely, providing well-shaped long rights. But hey, even competitive surfers need a break over ‘labor day’. Free surfing is always sweeter. No new date has been set as of this writing, but I’ll keep you posted at SURFNEWSNETWORK.COM. Also look at SNN for the final Steinlager Shaka Long board series at Haleiwa Sept. 8-9 pending waves and approval by the city and county parks and recreations.

Final Wave: Surfers unite in a blood drive Sept. 30. Surfing is our life blood and it’s time to give some back! You will save three lives just by showing up and giving. Not a bad deal. Just register at HAWAIIANSOUTHSHORE.COM under the blood drive link on the left… Mahalo!

I will be seeing you in the lineups and back here late next week in MidWeek...Stoked!

GQ, dropping in 4 U.

Mahalo to Jamie Ballenger of Hawaiian Water Shots for that high flying photo at Bowls last week!

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