DLNR UPDATE – Pohoiki Shark Attack on Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi – Pohoiki to Reopen Tomorrow

The Department of Land and Natural Resources closed ocean waters along the Pohoiki coastline in Puna this afternoon, following a shark incident in which a 16 year old male surfer was bit across both legs at the Pohoiki surfing area near the Pohoiki boat launch ramp. The male was transported by County Fire Department first responders to the Pahoa Fire Station, and he was then air lifted to Hilo Medical Center.

Ulu Boy Napeahi - Here is a picture of him surfing in the Shane Doian Keiki Surf Competition when he was 10 years old. Please pray for him! (Photo via Karen Welsh)

Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi – Here is a picture of him surfing in the Shane Dorian Keiki Surf Competition when he was 10 years old. Please pray for him! (Photo via Karen Welsh)

A DLNR aquatic resources specialist posted shark warning signs at publicly-accessible areas of Pohoiki Bay and north of Pohoiki at the area known as “Shacks”.
DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers responded to warn beach-goers and ocean users. County Fire Department planned to send a helicopter up today to scan ocean waters in the area for presence of shark(s).
Shark warning signs will remain up until the Monday morning assessment by state and county officials and helicopter flyover.
If no sharks are sighted, the warning signs will come down and waters will be reopened by noon.  No information was immediately available on size and type of the shark.

Eddie Aikau Restaurant to Host Premier Book Signing

Back from a West Coast book tour, Waikoloa author and surf photographer Kirk Lee Aeder will be at the Eddie Aikau Restaurant, Saturday, June 30, from 3-5 p.m., during Eddie’s “Surf Hours” to sign and talk story about his new book Child of the Storm. This will be Aeder’s first book signing on the Big Island.

Child of the Storm, How an Angry Young Man Formed a Bond with the Sea and Changed Our Lives Forever, chronicles the tempestuous life of 1970’s California competitive surfer Chris O’Rourke, who died of cancer at the age of 22.  His lifelong friend, Aeder was able to capture O’Rourke’s meteoric surf career on camera as he rose to world class status; and as he fought illness with ferocity.

As book reviewer Matt Pruett writes in Surfline.com:  “After much guilt and reckoning, O’Rourke died young, but not before stoking Aeder’s photographic confidence, Caster’s design principles, Joey Buran’s faith in Christianity, Gerlach’s competitive instincts, Quiksilver’s corporate dynamic… By the time he passed, O’Rourke’s presence and spirit had influenced every facet of the budding surf industry and culture we all operate within today.”

Copies will be available for purchase.  For more information, visit www.kirkaederphoto.com or www.facebook.com/EddieAikauRestaurant

“Rabbit” Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone to be Inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is pleased to announce one of its most exciting and diverse classes on Friday, August 3, 2012 when it inducts a Waikiki Beach Boy mentored by Hawaiian Royalty, one of the most creative and gifted surfers on the planet and the man responsible for coaching hundreds of students and winning multiple national championships.

Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone will have their hand and footprints immortalized in cement for the ages at 10:00 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport. Famed sports commentators David Stanfield and Rockin’ Fig will serve as Masters of Ceremony.

The Surfers Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, Photo by Mark A. Payton

The nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame celebrated its first induction in 1997 inside of specialty retailer Huntington Surf & Sport where several slabs remain. Four years later with the blessing of the City Council and a stunning bronze statue of sport’s spiritual leader Duke Kahanamoku serving as a backdrop, the ceremony moved outside to the corner of PCH and Main; less than 100 feet from the famed Huntington Beach Pier, site of the U.S. Open of Surfing. Please visit http://hsssurf.com/shof for more information.

“Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone are three Surfing Legends that have influenced generations of Surfers past, present and future,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. “We are very honored and excited to induct them into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this coming August!”

“Rabbit” Kekai

Rabbit Kekai: Rabbit Kekai is a living legend that has done it all from Waikiki beach boy to groundbreaking surfer to North Shore Beach Marshall. At age 10 he was taken under the wing of Duke Kahanamoku who paid his entries into canoe races and had him teaching surf lessons. A pioneer of North Shore surfing in the ’30s with George Downing and Wally Froiseth, Rabbit became known as an innovator of drop-knee turns on short, finless boards. He practically invented hot-dogging, inspiring the likes of Phil Edwards, Joe Quigg, Miki Dora and Donald Takayama. Rabbit made his own redwood and balsa boards prior to World War II, at which time he served as an army frogman in the South Pacific. A winner of the Peruvian and Makaha International titles during the ’50s, he has competed worldwide for decades. And each winter season he can be found at the Triple Crown of Surfing, doling out singlets, wisecracks and advice as Beach Marshall…just as he has every year since the first Pipe Masters in 1971.

Dane Reynolds: Dane Reynolds is a young charger known for his “go for broke” style of surfing that includes a number of experimental and aerial maneuvers. It was on the point breaks around Santa Barbara and Ventura that he honed his progressive approach. Reynolds competed in the 2003 and 2004 X Games and received the highest single wave score both years. His first video, “First Chapter”, won Best Male Performance in a Video and Video of the Year at the 2006 Surfer Poll Awards. Dane qualified for the 2008 World Tour after finishing runner-up to Jordy Smith on the 2007 World Qualifying Series. He wound up 19th on the tour that year and then rocketed into the coveted Top 10 in 2009. Reynolds had a breakout year in 2010, ending up tied for fourth in the world. Despite injuries that held him back in 2011 and thus far in 2012, Dane is known for pushing the boundaries of the sport. He spends as much time in the air as he does in the water while surfing, and his aggressive, almost violent style in attacking waves have earned him the praise of fellow pros, many of whom who call him the most exciting free surfer in the world.

Andy Verdone: Coach Andy Verdone took over from the late Chuck Allen in ’87-’88 and immediately lead Huntington Beach High School Surf (HBHS) Team to a NSSA National title. Known as the “Phil Jackson” of surf coaches, Verdone has built his program into among the most successful and winningest in the country, capturing 10 NSSA National Titles as well as a National Surf League (Brad Gerlach’s “The Game” format) Title in 2010. He has trained and coached some of the best surfers in Huntington Beach including the Deffenbaugh brothers, Jay Larson, Micah Byrne, Shaun Ward and Brett Simpson. A huge part of Coach Verdone’s program is his legendary surf trips with the team to such destinations as Australia, South Africa and Ireland. Coach Verdone and his young globetrotters appeared in a 2007 surf documentary called “Chasing the Dream”, which follows eight kids on his squad who want to become pros. Year after year 100 students try out for his squad and only 30 make the cut. Verdone’s impact on the sport of surfing in Surf City is such that one young surfer moved here from Nantucket, Massachusetts without his family just to surf for the Huntington Beach Oilers.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony pays tribute to those individuals who have made an indelible mark on the sport, industry and culture of surfing. Annually, tens of thousands of visitors to Huntington Beach’s downtown area literally walk in the footsteps of surfing superstars and legends from several eras including Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado who are already immortalized in cement.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge. Further information is available at http://hsssurf.com/shof/.

Past Inductees

Tomorrow – Eddie Aikau Restaurant to Hold Fundraiser for Mike Prickett

The Eddie Aikau Restaurant in Kings’ Shops, Waikoloa Beach Resort, will hold a fundraiser for Mike Prickett, the underwater filmmaker who was recently injured in a diving accident, on Wednesday, March 28, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.   The fundraiser coincides with other support activities around the state and nationally, as part of the “Pray for Prickett” campaign.

Prickett, a longtime friend of the Aikau family, was working on a film shoot in Tahiti when the accident occurred.  Prickett dove 220 feet to save the life of another diver, suffered from severe decompression sickness and was paralyzed from the chest down.  After many hours in the hyperbaric chamber in Papeete, Prickett is showing some improvement and doctors are optimistic about his recovery.

The Aikau family is asking for the community’s help with Mike’s medical expenses and will be collecting donations at the restaurant during regular hours on Wednesday.

“We were all so upset and concerned when we heard about Mike,” said Linda Gillette Aikau, restaurant co-owner with husband Solomon Aikau, Eddie’s brother.  “He is the sweetest guy you ever want to meet, and we thought—well, Wednesday is Karaoke Night and a good excuse for a lot of people to come to the restaurant and have fun, so why not make it a fundraiser to help with his medical?”

Any amount is appreciated, large or small.  Donations of $25 or more will earn an “Eddie Would Go” bumper sticker, and other prizes may be available.  For more information, check Eddie Aikau Restaurant on Facebook or call 886-8433.


Eddie Aikau Restaurant in Kings’ Shops, Waikoloa Beach resort, is locally-owned and operated by members of the Aikau Family who live on Hawai‘i Island.  Supporting the best of Big Island agriculture and aquaculture with Contemporary Hawaiian Cuisine, sharing memorabilia from Eddie’s big wave surf career, the restaurant is a living tribute to a Hawaiian hero.  www.facebook.com/EddieAikauRestaurant, (808) 886-8433.

Wordless Wednesday – Praying for Prickett

Mike Prickett, legendary water lensman, is suffering from serious decompression sickness after rescuing a fellow diver in Tahiti.

Hawaii’s Mike Prickett, an internationally acclaimed underwater cinematographer from the North Shore of Oahu, has been partially paralyzed following a diving accident that occurred during a commercial filming job in Tahiti. The accident happened last Wednesday and he is still undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Papeete.

Prickett, 47, sustained a severe case of decompression sickness (the bends) while saving the life of another diver on the job. He was paralyzed from the chest down but has today regained some sensation in his legs. Doctors are hopeful for his recovery.

“I was doing an underwater shoot for wetsuits and dive gear,” Prickett said. “I saw another diver sinking and panicking. I dove down to 220 feet to save him, but he used up all my air. I’m glad I was able to rescue him and he could walk away from the incident.

“I want to thank my family and friends for their prayers. I really need your prayers right now.”

Mike’s been a big part of bringing the incredible water angles for the ASP webcasts from South Africa to Hawaii and we all wish him a full recovery. Thoughts and prayers are with you Mike.


Video courtesy of Prickett’s nephew, Ryan Miyamoto

Eddie Would Go Write an Essay… The 2012 Eddie Aikau Essay Contest

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.


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.

Billabong Girls at the Billabong Pipe House

Last month there was a week long camp at the Billabong Pipe House on the North Shore of Oahu.

Ellie-Jean and Felicity at Rockie Point

It looks like the folks from Billabong are making a little youtube series out of it and they uploaded “Episode 1” today:

Billabong Girls Training, Hawaii House – Episode 1

Hawaiian surf is the benchmark. The beaches there considered a proving grounds for our sport. And so, Billabong girls surf team riders from all over the globe have met here at the Billabong Pipe House on Oahu, Hawaii for one of a series of training camps. For one week the girls undergo hardcore training, coaching, yoga, and healthy eating. In addition to professional coaches, the girls worked with veteran athletes including Keala Kennelly, Maya Gabeira and Rochelle Ballard. Challenged daily by infamous breaks like Rocky Point, Pipeline, and Waimea Bay, these girls are bound to come back with more than a killer tan…


Hawaiian Island Creations First Big Island Location to Open this Month

Media Release:

The Shops at Mauna Lani announced today that Oahu’s long-time favorite surf shop, Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC), will open its first Big Island location this month. The new 1,800-square-foot store located near Tommy Bahama is scheduled to open its doors by mid January 2011.

“Our goal is to provide a resource for local and visiting surfers to get the equipment they need,” said CEO Leigh Tonai, “while also introducing newcomers to the Hawaiian surfing experience unique to our islands.”

Founded in Kailua, Hawaii in 1971 by surfing brothers Stephen and Jimmy Tsukayama, HIC has provided Hawaii’s residents and visitors with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories for almost 40 years. With its classic circular logo featuring a billowing volcano, palm tree and ocean waves, the HIC brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world.  HIC surfboards, created by legendary shaper Eric Arakawa, have been ridden to three World Surfing Championships by the late Andy Irons.

In addition to HIC branded products, the new location will feature a fresh mix of clothing, accessories and hardgoods from the finest surf brands available, including Billabong, Hurley, Volcom, Quiksilver, Roxy, Vans, Dakine and more. “Whether in the ocean, on the beach, or just chillin’ island style, HIC has got you covered.  Enjoy the ride!”

About The Shops at Mauna Lani

The Shops at Mauna Lani is a premier resort shopping and dining destination on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. With new energy and momentum being created, The Shops at Mauna Lani is on a clear path to become “The Heart of the Community” and THE PLACE where “Kama‘āina Shop, Dine & Enjoy”.  For more information call (808) 885-9501, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com, follow on Twitter (@TheShops) or Facebook.

Official Trailer – The Oxbow Waterman Experience


UPDATE: Results and Pictures from 25th Annual Quiksilver/Kamaaina Nissan Big Island Pro-Am

Big Island Pro-Am


(Courtesy of Island Trust Realty)


  1. Bodyboard Final – 1. Matt Solomon 2. Kealoha Kaaua 3. Nacoma Herrington 4. Danie Villena 5. Micah Salazar 6. Jon Patrich Alcoran

  2. Men’s Longboard Final – 1. Wayne Victorino 2. Koa Enriquez 3. Sode Kabalis 4. John John 5. Alika Weber 6. Tomo Saito

  3. Women’s Open Final – 1. Shruti Kartik 2. Chelsea Sky 3. Tara Lani 4. Mary Anderson 5. Chloe Child

  4. Men’s Open Final – 1. Soliel Farnsworth 2. Joey Oda 3. Kamakana Edens 4. Youn Tarring 5. Dylan Sheehan 6. Adam Escobar



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Men’s Semi Results #1 from the Big Island Pro-Am Surf Contest Being Held at Honoli’i Today

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Courtesy of Island Trust Realty.

Renowned Big-Wave Surfer Milton Willis Charged with DUI and Manslaughter

A renowned big-wave surfer who was allegedly speeding and drunk when he crashed a car in Del Mar last year, killing his 24-year-old passenger, has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI, authorities said Monday.

Michael and Milton Willis

Michael and Milton Willis

A $500,000 arrest warrant has been issued for Milton Willis in connection with the June 6 crash that killed Bradley Dillahunty of Laguna Niguel, said Steve Walker, a spokesman for the San Diego County district attorney’s office…

Willis and his brother, Michael Willis, grew famous in the surfing community for mastering dangerously large waves in Hawaii in the 1970s. The two have written several instructional and inspirational books and currently run a Solana Beach-based surfing school.

More Here

In this video shot 4 months ago, the Willis brothers sing the song “Nothin to Fear”:


You can view more of the brothers clips here.

Surfings Darkside on the North Shore – New York Times NEW Video


Many people still remember this beat down by a famous local surfer that is featured in this NY Times piece:


Here is the movie trailer to “Busting Down the Door”