Monthly Archives: August 2012

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, members of the surf community will participate in the “Paddle for Daisy” in support of Al Merrick’s eight-year old granddaughter Daisy as she battles cancer for the third time.

At only eight years old, she has received six surgeries, 22 rounds of chemotherapy and two courses of radiation to fight against the aggressive and reoccurring Wilms Tumor. After insurance, treatments and travel will still cost half a million dollars.

In order to defray the costs, surfers around the world are rallying to support the brave young girl, including professional ambassadors Courtney Conlogue, Bethany Hamilton, Tom Curren, Rob Machado, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Will Tant, Sage Erickson, Nate Yeomans, Matt Pagan, Matt Beacham and Lakey Peterson.

Billabong family sponsors include Sector 9, Nixon, and Dakine.

While Daisy left earlier this month for Israel for a stem cell transplant, on September 1st, a series of Paddle For Daisy events will go down simultaneously all over the country: the West and East coasts, Hawaii, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast, in support of her.

The event schedule:

8:45 am – Arrive at local paddle location
9:00 am – Photo for Daisy
9:10 am – Pray for Daisy
9:15 am – Paddle for Daisy

For the location of your nearest paddle-a-thon or info on how to organize your own, go to www.paddlefordaisy.com. To donate to Daisy’s cause, please go to www.facebook.com/paddlefordaisy.

You can also text “DAISY” to 56512 to donate $10 to the Merrick family. All donations are tax deductible through Christian Surfers, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Continue reading

The coming-of-age surfing movie, Beautiful Wave, will premiere next Thursday, August 23rd at the Hermosa Community Center to support the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation and Hermosa Beach Historical Society.

Beautiful Wave was filmed in Mexico and California. The screenplay was written by Lynn Salt & David Mueller; and John Harris. It is directed by David Mueller. It is a drama set in Santa Cruz, California. The main character Nicole (played by Aimee Teegarden) lives with her grandmother (played by Patricia Richardson) for a summer and begins to surf. She also uncovers a family secret.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization, which provides free of charge its unique program of Ocean Therapy, an adaptive surfing program to assist individuals coping with mental and physical illness in accessing the ocean environment.

The evening will also support The Hermosa Beach Historical Society, which was established to preserve and chronicle the history of Hermosa Beach.

The screening takes place at The Hermosa Beach Community Center which is located at 710 Pier Avenue (the large building on the southwest corner of Pier Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway).

Presale tickets are $7 and available at Dive ‘N Surf or ET Surfboards, or you can get tickets for $10 at the door.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Movie starts at 7:30pm
There will be beverages, as well as raffle and giveaway prizes for the kids.
For more info, go to http://www.beautifulwave.com. Continue reading

Dukes OceanFest, held each summer in Waikiki, will take place this Saturday, August 18th. Now in its 11th year, the OceanFest honors Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, who is remembered as the greatest waterman who ever lived, and Hawaii’s ambassador of Aloha. The 8-day event features a variety of ocean sports that were close to Duke Kahanamoku’s heart including Longboard Surfing, Paddleboard Racing, Swimming, Tandem Surfing, Surf Polo, Beach Volleyball, and Stand-Up Paddling.

The festival celebrates Duke Kahanamoku’s life, his athletic contributions, and his positive spirit that still lives on. Among his many accomplishments, Duke Kahanamoku was an Olympic gold medal swimmer, a surfer, an esteemed canoe steersman, a Hollywood actor, and the Sheriff of Honolulu.

Duke’s OceanFest is also a fundraiser for scholarships for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation which supports local scholar athletes.

The festivities commence on August 18 with a lei draping and ceremony at Duke’s statue that is open to the public. Duke’s birthday celebration is on August 24th, which is one of the week’s best highlights. Other events also include the KINE Luau and Waterman’s Awards. The ocean sports events include several surfing events, including a Keiki Surf Competition, a Wahine Longboard Competion, a Kane Longboard Competition, and tandem events. There are also volleyball and soccer championships, and a challenging run-swim-paddle race.

For the entire event calendar, go to http://www.dukesoceanfest.com/events/range.listevents/

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The world’s best surfers are converging at the infamous South Pacific reef pass of Teahupo’o this week for Stop No. 5 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Billabong Pro Tahiti, to be held from August 16 – 27, 2012.

Located in the small town of Teahupo’o off the south-east side of Tahiti Island, a surf break known as Chopes produces heavy, glassy waves with swells that get as large as 12ft, earning a reputation as the world’s largest wave machine. The beach is a reef break, mainly left-breaking but the outer reef also creates right breaks that surfers must be cautious of when paddling out. Chopes ranks at the top of an experienced surfer’s must ride list and is only recommended for those who are in peak physical condition.

Last year the Teahupo’o event was won by reigning 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA). It also featured a barrier-breaking tow-in session dubbed ‘Code Red.’ The surfing world eagerly anticipates the return of this season’s Billabong Pro Tahiti and the impact it will have on the 2012 ASP World Title race.

At this time, Mick Fanning (AUS), 31, two-time ASP World Champion (2007, 2009) is the current No. 1 on the ASP World Championship Tour ratings, but remains guarded about holding the frontrunner spot at this point in the season. Although an event runner-up in the past (2007), Fanning has been unable to crack the Quarterfinals in recent years, which he hopes to change this season.

According to an ASP press release, Fanning has noted that “Tahiti’s a tricky venue to do well even for the very best guys. At a venue where one big barrel can turn a heat, there’s always going to be upsets. So the biggest challenge is making sure you’re on the best waves in the heat and you get yourself nice and deep in that barrel.”

Just before the big event, the Air Tahiti Nui VonZipper Trials winner and highest placed Tahitian both earn wildcards into the Billabong Pro main event.

“The Tahitian wildcards and trialists at Teahupo’o have done some real damage in the past,” Fanning said. “The locals are obviously psyched to see the Tahitians do well and they get out there in their boats and give them an incredible amount of support. Then there’s the specialists – guys that generally spend a fair bit of time at Chopes. They’re there a week before the trials and have already surfed a few heats out there before you come up against them, so they are completely in the zone and ready to go.”

No doubt, there will be stiff competition. Who do you think has this one wrapped up? Continue reading

August is almost over, and Fall is right around the corner. It’s time to switch gears from slacker to serious for back-to-school! Are you ready? In order to make sure you’re tops of your class, we made a checklist of … Continue reading