Hawaii Surf Legends Compete for Four Seasons Surfing Championship Trophy in the Maldives

Competition is underway at the Four Seasons Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy 2016 with Day One seeing competitors return to basics and hitting the water on single fin boards. Taj Burrow (AUS) took out the division in pumping 3 to 4-foot clean right-handers at Sultans.

Kauai Women's surfer Bethanny Hamilton is competing against the guys.

Kauai Women’s surfer Bethany Hamilton is competing against the guys.

Burrow, who had only just ridden a single fin for the first time yesterday put on an amazing show all day pulling into barrels and smashing vertical re-entries on the groomed walls of Sultans.

In the final, Burrow came up against former Pipe Master Rob Machado (USA). The two went blow for blow but it was Burrow who came out on top with a heat total of 14.94 (out of a possible 20).

“Surfing in a final on a single fin against Rob Machado is like a dream,” Burrow said. “That was just so much fun, the waves are sick and my board felt really good. It’s a bit bigger than what I’m used to but you could really push it through turns. I’m just having such a sick time here on Kuda Huraa, we’re all being so spoiled.”

Machado, who was surfing on a board he shaped himself, was a real standout. Surfing a single fin at a wave like Sultans on your backhand is no easy task, but Machado made light work of it posting high heat scores all day.

“That was so fun out there,” Machado said. “The conditions are so dreamy today. It’s been so sick to catch up with Shane (Dorian) and the rest of the crew especially here in paradise. It doesn’t get any better.”

Last year’s event Champion Shane Dorian (HAW) came up against childhood friend and single fin master Machado in Semifinal two. Dorian tucked into a number of barrels for a heat total of 15.34 to tie with Machado who won on a count back due to receiving the highest single wave score of the heat.

“Rob and I have been competing against each other since we were kids,” Dorian said. “We’re good friends so it was super chilled out there. Rob is surfing as good as he ever has so it was sick to share waves with him. It’s just such a pleasure to be back at this event.”

Semifinal one was an amazing duel between Taj Burrow and WSL Deputy Commissioner and former CT competitor Travis Logie (ZAF). Logie’s backhand was on point going vertical on critical sections to earn himself a heat total of 17.06. He was unable to overcome Burrow’s division high score of 18.44.

“They were the best waves I’ve had in a heat in over ten years,” Logie said. “Taj was just getting tubes and I was doing a million turns, it was so fun. It’s always great when you both get opportunities. The conditions are perfect for a single fin, just so good.”

Jamie O'Brien in Kona recently.

Jamie O’Brien in Kona recently.

In one of the slower heats of the morning, Hawaii’s Jamie O’Brien was unable to find an early score as the ocean went flat. As the heat progressed he began to develop momentum as the waves built. Left needing a 8.40, O’Brien took off on one of the better looking waves of the heat pulling into a long barrel across the inside section; unfortunately it was after the siren and O’Brien bowed out of the day’s competition.

“This is such a unique contest,” O’Brien said. “When a wave comes through and it’s your turn, it’s a real treat; this wave is so perfect. It was a real challenge to ride the single find, you have to take off a bunch of talent and just go with the feel of it. It’s really cool out there, everyone was super relaxed so it was really cool.”

Local Trials Winner Hussain ‘Iboo’ Areef (MDV) had to ask a friend if he could borrow a single fin as the young Maldivian had never ridden one before. His lack of experience did not show as the goofy footer nailed backhand hit after backhand hit. His heat total of 12.40 was not enough to move into the Semifinals so Areef will now set his sights on the twin fin division.

“Riding a single fin is really different,” Areef said. “You have to really slow everything down. It was so cool to see Travis, Jamie and Shane surfing up close; they were all ripping. I surf out at Sultans a lot and it can get really busy so having it with only four people out there was awesome.”

Single Fin Division Results:

Round 1 –
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.67, Rob Machado (USA) 14.67, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 13.56
Heat 2: Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.93, Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.33, Iboo Areef (MDV) 12.44, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 7.86
Semifinals –
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 18.44, Travis Logie (ZAF) 17.06
Heat 2: Rob Machado (USA) 15.34, Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.34
Final: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.94, Rob Machado (USA) 14.00

Body Glove to Celebrate Tatiana-Weston’s Rookie of the Year Honor with Private Dinner Prepared by Celebrity Chef Sam Choy

Body Glove to kick off their annual trip to the North Shore by hosting a celebratory dinner for WSL Rookie of the year, Tatiana Weston-Webb, prepared by World Famous Celebrity Chef Sam Choy.

Sam Choy

The event will be filmed and aired on KHON Channel 2 in a episode of “Sam Choy’s IN THE KITCHEN” later this year. Sam will raid the Body Glove refrigerator for leftovers and use his culinary magic with whatever ingredients he can find and create a gourmet meal for all. Body Glove Athlete’s Tatiana Weston-Webb, Jamie O’Brien, Mo Freitas and Garret MacNamara and Sam’s co-host John Venri will be the Chef’s will be Sam’s official assistant’s and taste testers.

Jamie O'Brien gets ready to go on a Body Glove cruise.

Jamie O’Brien gets ready to go on a Body Glove cruise.

In the days following Tati’s celebration, Body Glove will begin hosting key retailers, sales reps and athletes throughout the waiting period of Volcom Pipe Pro, January 28th – February 7th. “We look forward to the opportunity to give back to the retailers, sales reps and athletes that support the brand”, say’s Body Glove Marketing Director, Nick Meistrell. “The trip also offers a platform for us to gather feedback on new product lines, create content for future advertising campaigns, and of course enjoy some surfing with the crew. Not to mention, all this with a world class surfing competition viewable from the house!”

Hunter Ports Women's Classic - Tatiana Weston-Webb © ASP / Robertson

Hunter Ports Women’s Classic – Tatiana Weston-Webb © ASP / Robertson

Retailers in attendance and will be joined by select athletes from the Body Glove Team including aforementioned Tatiana Weston-Webb, Jamie O’Brien, Mo Freitas and Garret MacNamaras well as Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray, and Nolan Rapoza.   In true All Things Water fashion, Wake Surf Champions, Keenan and Noah Flegal will also be on hand to attempt the challenging crossover from the wake to the waves of the North Shore.

Keenan was also featured in Body Gloves award winning film “Liquid Gold” – filmed entirely on location in Dubai.

About Body Glove International

Founded in Redondo Beach, California in 1953 by twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, Body Glove is the original wetsuit company. Today, the privately-owned, family-operated company is a leading global watersports brand that specializes in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories and technology products. While Body Glove has supported surfers and the surfing industry since 1953, today Body Glove sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry. Pro surfers Tatiana Weston-Webb, Jamie O’Brien, Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray, Guinness World Record Holder Garrett McNamara, as well as wakeboarders Harley Clifford and Bob Soven are all part of the Body Glove Team. Through Reef Check, SIMA’s environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works hard to preserve and protect the oceans and waterways it loves. The company’s headquarters are still based in Redondo Beach, but its products are sold all over the U.S. by a network of independent retailers, at its own Dive N’ Surf retail shop and in approximately 50 countries worldwide.

Sam Choy Introduces New Kitchen Line at the Royal Kona Resort

Saturday evening at the Royal Kona Resort, Celebrity Chef Sam Choy partnered up with Tiki Shark Hawaii by hosting a party and introducing the world to Choy’s new line-up of kitchen items.

World Champion surfer Anthony Walsh and his girlfriend, Aidan James, Sam Choy, World Champion Surfer Jamie O'Brien and his girlfirend with Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker in front.

World Champion surfer Anthony Walsh and his girlfriend, Aidan James, Sam Choy, World Champion Surfer Jamie O’Brien and his girlfirend with Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker in front.

A large crowd filled Don the Beachcomber Bar downstairs of the Royal Kona Resort for a concert that culminated with 13-year-old YouTube sensation Aidan James and John Cruz on the stage together.

Aidan James and John Cruz bring down the house!

Aidan James and John Cruz bring down the house!

Sam Choy mentioned about the hard work that was done putting together this new line of kitchen products and spoke with Professional Surfers Anthony Walsh and Jamie O’Brien about doing a YouTube show from their respective houses.

Sam Choy "In the Kitchen with Anthony Walsh and Jamie O'Brien???

Sam Choy “In the Kitchen with Anthony Walsh and Jamie O’Brien”???

You can click here to view Sam Choy’s In the Kitchen clips.

While Sam Choy signed many autographed copies of his book’s, partial proceeds from the evenings event went to Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation.

Sam Choy and his grand daughters.

Sam Choy and his grand daughters.

Hilo folks will have the opportunity to check out Aidan James at the Hilo Palace Theater next Saturday Evening November, 14th at 7:00.

Body Glove Sponsored Surfers Anthony Walsh and Jamie O'Brien flank Teen Rocker Aidan James.

Body Glove Sponsored Surfers Anthony Walsh and Jamie O’Brien flank Teen Rocker Aidan James.

The product line will be available at his restaurants as well they will begin showing up in various gift shops around the island.  They can currently be found at the Kona Oceanfront Gallery at 75-5770 Ali’i Drive in Kona.

Sam Choy and Aidan James signing autographs.

Sam Choy and Aidan James signing autographs.

First Humpback Whale of the Season Spotted by Body Glove Cruise

Today I had the opportunity to go out on Body Glove Hawaii’s 65 foot Catamaran with folks affiliated with Body Glove.

World Champion Surfer Jamie O'Brien was one of the guests invited on the cruise.

World Champion Surfer Jamie O’Brien was one of the guests invited on the cruise.

On our way out to a snorkeling spot along the Kona coast we came across both Spinner Dolphins and Bottlenose Dolphins .

Spinner Dolphins

Spinner Dolphins

We spent about 2 hours at the snorkeling spot where we had lunch and drinks on the boat.  Some folks jumped off the high platform of the boat, others slid down the boats slide… and others simply socialized on board.

Tiki Shark Agent Abbas Hassan, Surfer Jamie O'Brien and Artist Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker talk story about things.

Tiki Shark Agent Abbas Hassan, Surfer Jamie O’Brien and Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker talk story about things.

After a few hours in the sun, the boat turned back for Kona.  On our way back to the pier… a Humpback Whale BREACHED about 100 yards from the boat.  The captain of the boat said that this was the first sighting of a Humpback Whale that they have seen (this year)!  Of course it only breached once and so I wasn’t able to capture a picture of it… but many of us on the boat saw it as well as the captain as he slowed the boat to a gentle crawl.

Folks enjoying themselves in the water

Folks enjoying themselves in the water

Mahalo to the folks at Body Glove Hawaii for making this trip possible.  I highly suggest folks give this a try if you are staying in the Kona area.  They have both a morning snorkeling cruise and an evening dinner and dancing cruise!

The boat departs from the Kona Pier.

The boat departs from the Kona Pier.

You can visit the Body Glove Hawaii website here:  Body Glove Hawaii

Jet Surfing in Hawaii – The Next Big Thing?

On Wednesday, April 10th the first ever Jet Surf session in the powerful waves of Hawaii will be done by Kai Lenny & Pato Teixeira.

Jet Surfing

Discover this new motor sport on water with the most ecological engine in the world that can get up to 60 kmh thanks to the clever design by Formula 1 engineer Martin Sula!

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Starring Kai Lenny, Pato Teixeira, Flavien Neyertz, Jamie O’Brien, Duane Desoto & Martin Sula

Red Bull Minor Threat – Bruce Irons Surfing With a Flare

Bonus round of the Red Bull Minor Threat as Bruce Irons breaks out the stops and flares up in Indo.

Red Bull Minor Threat pairs 4 veteran, elite surfers along with 4 junior surfers on remote surf breaks in the Mentawai Islands. Based on the Indies Traver IV boat, both young and old push one another to progress their skill level in surfing. Join Bruce Irons, Kolohe Andino, Jamie O’Brien and more as they explore the Mentawais and conquer its high performance waves.

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For Red Bull Minor Threat, four surfing pros and four surfing rookies were pitted against one another with the objection of creating a higher level of surfing at the famous waves at the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Enjoy Bruce Irons, Kolohe Andino, Ian Walsh, Evan Geiselman and the others surfing this divine spot in the first episode and then stay tuned for more.

Kona Surf Film Festival Gets New Home

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is proud to be the new home of the Kona Surf Film Festival, an inspiring showcase of new release surf flicks from around the globe that capture the art of surfing.

Media Release:

The 2010 Kona Surf Film Festival will take place on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, 4, 2010 from 4:30 p.m.

Films will be shown under the stars at Mauna Lani’s outdoor cinema.  BYO beach chair and enjoy ice cold beer and fish tacos as Mauna Lani’s chefs fire up the BBQ.

Local Latin Gypsy Funk band, Leche De Tigre, will kick off each evening with their acoustic blend of percussion and world sounds.

Highlight films include Cyrus Sutton’s “Stoked and Broke”, Jamie O’brien’s brand new “Who is J.O.B.”, and locally produced “Destination 3 (Degrees)” — stay tuned for complete list of films and schedule!!

Expect to see a few famous faces of the surfing world and meet some of the filmmakers.

The event will benefit the Surfrider Foundation Big Island Hawaii Chapter – Kona Kai Ea.

WHAT: The 7th annual Kona Surf Film Festival presented by Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.

WHEN: Friday, December 3 and Saturday, 4, 2010. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sunset jam with Leche De Tigre.  Films to be screened after sunset.

WHERE: Hale Hoaloha Pavilion at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, 68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

COST: Pre sale: adults $12, children (under 12) $8. Two day pass: adults $20, children $14.

At the door adults $15, children $10. Food and drinks available for purchase.  No coolers please.

AFTER PARTY: Ocean Bar & Grill at Mauna Lani.

TICKETS & INFO:  www.konasff.com

STAY: Make a weekend of it. Chill at Mauna Lani. Visit www.maunalani.com

About Kona Surf Film Festival:

Founded in 2003 by Chad Campbell, the Kona Surf Film Festival celebrates the art of surfing.  Chad, a surfer, filmer and editor himself, has always held a passion for film-making and the surfing lifestyle.  He wanted to use that passion to bring the community together to participate in the long-held tradition of surfers watching surf films, on the big screen.  Often showcasing unknown films and filmmakers who have a love for all things surf, the Kona Surf Film Fest gives people an opportunity to share in the stoke, outside of the water. Visit www.konasff.com

About Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows:

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is consistently ranked as one of the leading luxury resorts in Hawaii.  It is the only independently-owned resort on the Kohala Coast and has maintained its original owners since its opening in 1983.  Mauna Lani gives guests an intimate, timeless Hawaiian experience that is personalized, authentic and pleasantly unscripted.  It is Mauna Lani’s cultural and environmental programs that make it truly stand out from others and which has earned it the reputation of one of the “World’s Top Earth-Friendly Getaways” from Conde Nast Traveler .  Mauna Lani is committed to delivering aloha in everything it does and as such takes a stand against hidden resort fees.  It is home to the famous CanoeHouse restaurant, the multi-award winning Mauna Lani Spa and the championship Francis I’I Brown Golf Courses. For reservations call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.

R.I.P. Andy Irons