The IBA Pipeline Challenge 2012 was one for the memory banks. Amazing waves, and critical performances. I was blessed to come out on top again and defend my Pipe title. Making it my 4th Pipe contest victory and first IBA repeat victory since Arica in 2005-2006. What a great way to start 2012. Thanks everyone ).
The IBA Pipeline Pro starts tomorrow and I am so excited to surf some amazing waves with only 3 other guys out. The forecast looks really great. I surf on Friday and am ready for it. I have been practicing for this contest since the beginning of the year, and the last few days we have had some fun waves but really crowded yet I still had some fun time practicing. Andrew Rams, Glenn and a few others took a few images of me at the Banzai. Thanks fellas !!
I had a great last week in Hawaii before I depart for the IBA Puerto event. The 4th annual Keiki Oceanfest went amazing on Saturday. The kids were ripping harder than ever, the non profit’s were so cool and all the volunteers and sponsors were so helpful. It could not have gone better. Then my wife, my brothers and I kayaked the Napali coast all day on Sunday we did the 16mile journey with about 5 hours of paddling and 3 hours relaxing on the beach swimming, bodysurfing, and seeing waterfalls ect. It was beyond awesome. Then Monday I paddled an hour up the coast in to a secret spot with Timmy, KLUM and D-Phil and surfed some slamming beach break wedges. Tuesday I took my wife to get well earned massages and out to an awesome dinner. On Wed. Thursday and (hopefully ) Friday I went back to training at Half Point.
I feel great and am very amped to for the IBA event. I leave for Mexico on Saturday and I hope to be getting shacked in Mexico on Sunday afternoon. Mahalo for all the support. Aloha
My favorite spot to train in the summer for my upcoming IBA contests is Half Point at Sandy Beach. It has rights and lefts, ramps, barrels, shallow reef and a strong current. Andrew Rams snapped a few photos of me today during one of my daily training sessions. It is like this almost every day, and helps keep me fit and on point whilst at home. Thanks Half Point …
Just wanted to say thanks to every one who came out to support Eddie Solomon’s cancer fundraiser in Hawaii on Sunday. It was a lot of fun and every one seemed to win something, thanks to all the great companies and people that donated items. If you are in California there is a fundraiser this weekend so go check it out it will be awesome. https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183516105039064 .
Also the USBA Sandy Beach event went off this past weekend as well. It had the biggest turn out I have seen for a Hawaii pro/am event ever. I think there was 24 hours of competition over the 2 day weekend and hundreds of competitors through out all age divisions. Since we had some fun waves the action was red hot. It was so cool to see the level of talent just improve every year. I was blessed to come out with the win over a red hot Spencer Skipper who just returned from a bad shoulder injury, as well as new oz threat Josh Garner and 6x world champ GT who I had to surf against 3 times on Sunday. Thanks to all the USBA staff and sponsors who made the event possible. Photos Andrew Rams Mahalo
It looks like a fun and busy weekend ahead. We have the USBA Sandy Beach Pro happening and it looks like tons of waves will be in store for all. The Eddie Solomon fundraiser and video premier of ”V” is happening at Dave and Busters Sunday night. I heard the video is great and I know every one is excited to help support Eddie. We have $1000 of dollars in raffles and auction items so come down and enjoy.
Click here for event info https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156185531116373
I have been practicing at half point getting ready for the comp and Andrew Rams took a few snaps of me riding some waves in between all the paddling going on.. that current is harsh right now…
It has been a fun two weeks at home relaxing with my wife and practicing for the South America leg of the IBA tour. Luckily we have had waves all around the Island and I even got a some fun ones at Pipe and Backdoor the last few days. I leave on Sunday for almost a month long contest trip, first stop Peru, then Chile and lastly California for the USBA U.S Open at Huntington Beach. Good waves and times ahead.
Photos courtesy Andrew Rams
I just returned home from the second leg of the IBA World Tour at the BOX in Margaret River. I placed 5th and am #1 on the World tour rankings. I had a great trip hanging with my brothers Mike and Dave as well as all my friends. The waves were super fun almost every day, but I am happy to be home to have a rest with my family and to get ready for the next leg of the IBA tour in South America @ Peru and Chile. Some how I was able to arrive home and straight in to a fun little north shore swell during the last two days with lots of ramps, fun stuff even with a bit of jet lag.
Here are a few photos Andrew Rams took Thanks Drew.
A heathy spring time swell lit up the Banzai during the last few days. Surf surf pushing the 12ft mark and washing through on occasion. Crowds were light, conditions clean and many epic waves were had by all. Skip, BW, Dub, Lau, Stew, GT, Nakana, Kalima, Keahi, Murph, and Dan all got sweet ones and have smiles on there faces that will prob last through the weekend.
Andrew Rams snapped a few pics of me.
and Maurice took a few others as well. Mahalo Drew and Mo