Hawaiian South Shore February Newsletter

MOGUSA – THE GREAT REMEDY
David Kelly | Owner, Hawaiian South Shore

When I was a kid growing up in Okinawa, I remember my parents always signed me up for sports. I was one of those kids that could never sit still, and I was always getting into things… so yeah, I was a hyper kid. I played soccer, football and baseball. My father was in the Marine Corps
and the coaches were usually Marine Corps grunts (Marine in Infantry), so they didn’t put up with any BS.

I remember spraining my ankle often and when I did, the coach would tell me to “walk it off, you’ll be okay.” Usually that worked! It was painful, but it worked… I think. Haha!

After the first sprain, it seemed like it would happen more often. I remember one time, I really did a job on it and walking it off didn’t do anything. The next night my ankle really swelled up.

When my Aunty heard about my ankle from my mom, she took me to Henzai (a small island off of Okinawa) to see my Oba (Grandmother). She told me she’d take care of my ankle. Once we met up with my Oba, she rolled up some type of grass into small marble-sized pieces and then she lit them with a light. As it was burning, she placed them around my ankle. It was painful and just before it burnt out, she rubbed it into my skin. Unsurprisingly, it left a burn mark.

I don’t remember how long it took to heal, but thanks to my Oba, I have not had a sprained ankle since then. Yeah, I know, what a trip. I’ve twisted my ankle several times over the years, but it hasn’t swollen up like that since. Most of the time, it has recovered in 30 minutes or less.

I had no idea what it was at the time, but I recently told my wife this story and she said they used Mogusa (dried Mugwort), which I believe is what my grandmother used, to treat kids that wet their beds. They also use Mugwort for kids that can’t sit still or have a low attention span.

After telling the story, I got curious and looked up Mugwort. Apparently, it is used for all types of remedies. I was most interested in one remedy called “Dream Pillow.” You place a few leaves or incense inside your pillow case, and it’s supposed to be a great way to have a restful night sleep. It also increases the chances of having a lucid dream.


MEMBER OF THE MONTH
ELLIOT


Elliot is our February Member of the Month. I met him in the lineup in town. We don’t have a picture of him, he is a little shy, so we have a picture this Stewart Redline11 instead!

He’s a Chiropractor and practices at a place called “Masters Back and Neck Pain Relief Center.” His number is 808-591-0099. Just as the name implies, if you’re looking for some neck and back relief, give him a call and see how he can help. If you do check him out, let us know.

When and what got you into surfing?

When my friends and I were in high school, we used to body board more. I guess we just moved to surfing as time went by. It was something fun to do after school.

Did you have a time you weren’t surfing? If so, when and why did you start back up?

I moved to the mainland after high school for 10 years, so I didn’t really have a chance to get into the water, or it was too dang cold up there to even think about jumping in. Haha. About a year and a half ago, I wanted to get outdoors more to break up the daily grind and get back into the water. I started SUP surfing with my uncle and a couple friends, then got back into prone surfing.

Where is your favorite place to eat after you surf and what is your favorite item?

I’ll swing by Harry’s and pick up the deluxe.

Outside of surfing what do you do for fun?

I enjoy playing guitar. I used to do 3-5 gigs per week around town and in Waikiki. I recently cut down on the gigs, but I still enjoy picking the guitar up at home and jamming with friends.

What do you do for work?

Chiropractor.

How did you get into your profession?

I got injured playing soccer in college my sophomore season. For months, I went through a lot of different therapies that didn’t produce many results. Chiropractic was the only thing that helped me.

What do you enjoy about what you do?

I get to meet all kinds of people from different backgrounds and communities and having the opportunity to help them. Also, working with other health care providers as a team.

What board(s) did you get from us recently?

Stewart Redline

Why did you decide on this model and size?

I wanted a longboard that could paddle good, but also be able to turn and maneuver easily.

How did it surf and what did you like about it?

It surfs great! Paddling and surfing it is way better and easier than my old longboard.

What size fins and set up are you using? Have you tried other fins on the board?

I’ve only used 2+1 so far. I tried the stock fins that came with it a couple times, then swapped out to the Halo fins, which work great!

Anything else you want to add?

You guys are awesome! You helped me and a lot of my friends out with gear and info.

Yes, it’s a board that paddles big, but surfs small. Our best-selling board for many years! The Stewart Redline 11. This is the perfect board for beginners and advanced surfers alike! It’s an easy-turning, wave catching machine!


HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUP/
/ LONGBOARD CENTER FIN

We’ve been using this longboard fin chart for nearly 20 years now, and it’s helped many dial in their fins. When we first started, there was no fin chart like this. As a matter of fact, I don’t think there are many out there even today. After we put this fin chart together, we submitted the results to the good folks at Fins Unlimited. A few tweaks and several emails later, the results are what you see here.
Just to let you know, Fins Unlimited (aka, Bahne Fins) have been around for over 60 years, so they know a thing or two about fins. We can also thank them for inventing the adjustable fin box, which comes standard on most longboards and SUPs.

Anyhow, let’s move on to helping you select the right fin for your longboard or SUP.

 

#1 Choose a fin setup.

There are two basic ways to ride your board: “”Single fin” or “2+1.”

  • Single fins are good for small days. And, of course, most classic boards come standard with a single-fin setup. However, the pivots and turns are not as stable compared to a 2+1.
  • 2+1 is the more standard fin set up. It’s usually a large center fin with small side fins (aka, side bites). It’s stable and easier to generate speed. The turning radius is wider and feels tighter compared to a single-fin setup. Some of the old timers call the side fins training wheels because they stabilize the board.

Once you decide on the fin setup, you’ll want to go to step 2.

#2 Choose a fin template.

Standard Rake Fin

These fins are similar in shape to the George Greenough 4A Fin.

They have a wide base with a long rake and a pointed tip. You’ll get a solid drive down the line, and the turning radius is long and drawn out. Mind you, not all have this small tip. Some are blunt.

More rake + smaller tip = More drive and longer drawn out turns. Less rake + blunt tip = Not as much drive and shorter turning radius.

Just in case you are not sure what “rake” means, it’s the curve of the fin.

Cutaway Fins

These fins will be more like this Fins Unlimited Kanoa Dahlin Fin.

It’s cut out just above the base, which is how it gets its name.

This fin’s turning radius is smaller than a traditional rake fin, and looser, meaning it’s not as stable. Most people who get this fin want the hold of the rake, but enough looseness so they can move the board around for rail riding.

 

Pivot / Noserider Fin
Most Pivot Fins are shaped like this CJ Nelson Pivot Fin.

Donald Takayama actually designed these fins. It’s made to help the board pivot in a small turning radius and keep the board stable while noseriding. You don’t get a lot of drive out of the fin, but it’s perfect to use for cruising and cross-stepping to the nose.

 

Finally, we have the Donald Takayama Halo Fin. “Halo” means fin, and no other fin on the market can come close to it.

It’s a combination of the pivot, rake and cutaway fin all rolled into one fin. It’s been our #1 selling fin for over 15 years, with tons of positive reviews.

These fins will make your board easier to turn with less effort and more speed. If you’re looking for a fin to give your old board new life, I highly recommend this model.
For single fins, go up 1/2″ to 1″ longer. If you want the same stable ride as the fin you’re using now and want to try a Halo fin, go up 1/2″ for the same stable ride, but easier turning and guaranteed added speed.

Notes to consider if you want to try something different:

  • If you want a higher performance style of surfing, like a shortboard:
  • For your center fin, you’ll want to go 1/2″ to 1″ smaller than what is recommend on the chart. You’ll also want to pair this with thruster-size side bites.
  • Do not keep the same small side bites that are standard on the longboard, as they will slip, and you’ll lose drive.

If you want something really different that’s been trending for the past couple years, ride it twin fin style. The board will have more drive, surf rail to rail, and still be loose off the top. For this setup, I recommend going with x-large side fins. You’ll also want to go with a center fin that is 1″ to 3″ smaller than what is recommend on the chart. This setup is good for up to head high waves. You’ll be able to whip the board around and have lots of speed down the line.


ANOTHER STOKED CJ NELSON CUSTOMER

He surfs CJ Nelson boards in Cali and picked up one when he was here for two weeks. 👍


YEAH, I WAS BEING CHEAP

Sometimes, or a lot of times, I will try to find an alternative to the original item that’s less expensive. My wife always says, “you know, if you get one the manufactures make it will work and last longer.” That’s what I found out about buying some cheap ink for our printer on Amazon. After using the ink, I noticed that the documents were coming out almost purple, instead of black. It really didn’t matter because it was just documents we used internally, but after about a month of using the ink, we had to print some good quality pictures. The pictures were coming out all funky and then I messed with the settings for about 45 minutes or so and it dawned on me that it may be the ink. I went to Office Max (I liked it when it was Office Depot for some reason, the vibe felt better). Anyway, I purchased the manufactures ink and made the switch. When I pulled the cheap ink cartridges, I noticed it was leaking and that created another issue. Long story short, I should have listened to my wife… darn! Haha! She always says, “Yasumono gai no Zeni ushinai,” which directly translates to: “buy cheap things and you lose money” or in English: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish.


The Lisfranc Injury (Kelly Slater’s Foot Injury)
Spencer Chang, MD | Sports Medicine
Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon at Straub Clinic | WSL Orthopaedic Consultant


During a free surf this past July 2017 at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, Kelly Slater had a horrific foot injury. Slater said he, “pulled into a barrel… and the whitewash bounced the board back into my foot as I hit the closeout, taking all the pressure into the metatarsals.” He folded his right foot backwards in the middle of the foot. To an untrained eye, it may have looked as if he only fractured two bones in the middle of his foot, the 3rd and 4th metatarsal shafts. However, the injury was much worse. It also involved at least the base of the 2nd metatarsal bone, but worse injured the Lisfranc or midfoot joint as well.


The displacement of the 3rd and 4th bones alone would require surgery with an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) using plates and screws. If those bones were injured alone, Kelly could have potentially been back in 6 – 8 weeks.

Instead, he also injured the bones and ligaments involving the 1st and 2nd metatarsocuneiform joints of the Lisfranc joint. Typically, a surgically reconstructed Lisfranc injury takes 5 – 12 months to return to sport. There is a strong ligament connecting the medial cuneiform and 2nd metatarsal base called the Lisfranc ligament. When the Lisfranc ligament and other ligaments of the Lisfranc joint are injured, the bones of this joint become unstable. There are actually multiple joints in the Lisfranc joint, with 5 metatarsal bones, 3 cuneiform bones, and a cuboid bone. This instability, even with just millimeters of displacement, can cause severe pain, and will lead to arthritis and an even more painful foot with deformity, if not treated surgically.

When someone injures the middle part of the foot, it is common to brush it off as a bad sprain. However, these are injuries that need a closer look to determine if the ligaments are injured. It is a relatively common, and sometimes career ending injury of the NFL. If there are no obvious fractures, the imaging studies might look normal, unless it is a weight bearing X-ray, CT scan or MRI. Consequently, the Lisfranc sprain/dislocation/subluxation, which is way worse than an isolated metatarsal fracture, is commonly missed. When the injury is missed, it may result in permanent damage to the foot, an inability to return to sport, and eventually lead to a surgical fusion of the bones.

In Kelly’s situation, he needed an (ORIF) of the Lisfranc joint as well as the 3rd and 4th metatarsals. However, because the plate is used to only temporarily hold the bones of the Lisfranc joint in place while the ligaments heal, it is actually critical to remove the trapezoidal looking plate, so the joint can function properly. I typically take these out at 3 months after surgery.

The fact that Kelly was surfing Pipe as well as he did, with this plate still in his foot a little over 4 months after surgery, is nothing short of amazing. You could tell he had a little more difficulty with his toe side turns and pumping, and he was nowhere near 100%, but a 60 – 70%, Kelly Slater is pretty damn good. Can’t wait to see how he does after the Lisfranc plate is taken out. The surgeon will likely remove the plates over the 3rd and 4th metatarsals as well, but that is not as critical. Unfortunately, after removing the plate, he’ll likely be out of the water for about 4 weeks. Personally, I hope Kelly stays on tour. Best of luck Kelly on your recovery!

For an appointment call the Straub Bone and Joint Center at 522-4232. Just say Dave from Hawaiian South Shore sent you! Also, if you have any questions shoot me an e-mail at Skychang@straub.net.


WE ARE PROUD TO CARRY THE 2017 WORLDS TOP SELLING SURFBOARDS

Another year has gone by and the Hayden Hypto Krypto was one of the best-selling boards again, for the 5th year in a row. Amazing! Now that the Holy Grail is out and it’s a performance version of the board, it’ll be interesting to see how it will sell. We went through two batches really fast. The other day when I was surfing, I watched a guy surfing it and he was ripping it up. I guess I’m going to be getting my first Hayden model! The board looks so different. I hesitated on getting it, but after seeing him make sections, no one else was making, it encouraged me to get one.

Another 2017 Top Seller was the Lost Quiver Killer. This is actually the second year in a row that this board was one of the top selling boards worldwide. It’s a real versatile board. It features a fuller nose to get up on the wave early, it grovels well and surfs awesome in punchy overhead waves. It’s a perfect surf trip board. A couple newsletter issues back, our good friend, Dr. Spencer Chang was really liking his board on his surf trip.

If you didn’t know, Matt Biolos is the person that pretty much came out with the stubby, shorter performance boards. What really got Lost going was a board called the Round Nose Fish that came out 26 years ago. This was before anyone was riding these types of boards. So, you can imagine he’s had a lot of time perfecting this stubby performance board.

I’m betting that for 2018, the New Psycho Killer is going to be on that best-selling board list. This board is a spin off from the features of the Quiver Killer. He revamped the outline, that now features a refined nose curve and double bump Swallow Tail, for more “pop” in small surf, while retaining hold in solid waves. Plus, he has a new “Hidden Volume,” two stage deck line. It packs plenty of foam for paddling, drive and stability, but keeps the rails sensitive and agile for precise rail-based surfing. It comes standard with the R-4 Channels out the tail for some extra drive. We took pre-orders via our website for early birds. If you’re interested, give Stef or Brett a call, we ordered a few extras. Yes of course, we only have them in the Carbon Wrap with triple 4oz. on the deck and double 4oz. on the bottom with FCSII. Believe me, FCSII has stepped up their game and I’ve been using them on my JS Monsta Box and they are good.

One more that made the top 10 is the JS, but you’ll be surprised… it’s a high performance shortboad – the Monsta 6. Yep, only when everyone is still riding stubby boards, this Monsta 6 tops the list. No wonder Julian Wilson, Joel Parkinson, Owen and Mikey Wright, Ace Buchan, Jeremy Flores and a boat load of others, use the Monsta 6 as their go-to, every day board.

According to JS, the “secret of the M6 is in the rocker,” which allows the rider to tear the bag out of it and still recover to make the next section. Yes, we carry the JS boards and have access to the warehouse, so if we don’t have it in stock, we can get it within usually two weeks.


REVIEWS FROM STOKED PEOPLE!
We love getting reviews, if you don’t have one that’s 5 stars, give us a call or email us, we’ll make it right. – David

I remember helping Eben. It was her first time at the shop and she was searching for fins for her SUP. After talking to her, I recommended the Takayama Halo Fin. She was skeptical, left and came back about 45 minutes later and picked up a set. A few days later, she gave us an awesome review you can read for yourself. I’m glad she took my advice and believe me, many that give this fin a try with an open mind, love the fin.

Eben K.

I just bought a new SUP (stand-up paddle board) and decided to check out Hawaiian South Shore for some “not so stock” fins. I had heard that this is the go to place for fin selection on the entire island (surf or SUP). I ended up purchasing the Takayama Halo Fins. I must say that these fins are awesome. My SUPs turning ability was greatly increased with less movement required by me.

The store was busy, and there were enough employees working to greet and cater to every customer with the upbeat, old/new school vibe, and of course Aloha. How can you be old and new school at the same time, one might ask???? My suggestion is to just make the short trip into town to check them out. This is a great store, that is run by even better people.

Wanda H.

Went to purchase a surf hat as an Xmas gift for my son. Sean was extremely patient in helping me, as I was taking pics of all the surf hats & texting to my son. Being that I had to ship it to LA, I didn’t want to select something he wouldn’t wear. He told me to take my time and was really sincere about it. Upon paying for the hat(s) I remembered I received a discount coupon emailed to me from their company on my birthday. Sean looked it up and said it was expired, although on my email there was no expiration date. He checked with store manager, Brett and he immediately gave his approval to extend the discount on my purchase! Which is why I purchased two hats instead of one! They were all so friendly and welcoming at the store, it was a pleasure shopping there! It’s rare these days, even here in Hawaii, to receive such genuine friendly and warm service! Thank you, Brett & Sean!

Blythe G.

Hawaiian South Shore rocks! They provide excellent customer service, helping you choose the right board that suits your surfing style/ability. I was skeptical about purchasing the Puddle Jumper, as I’m not used to stubby boards with a lot of volume on the nose. However, the board is loose like a shortboard and is easy to catch waves with as well. Big mahalo to David and his staff! 🙂


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DEMO BOARDS AVAILABLE TO TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!

For our Rewards Members!

Libtech
Puddle Jumper 5’5 (2), 5’7, 5’9, 5’11 (2)
Round Nose Fish 5’6
Short Round 5’10
Sub Buggy 6’0
Nude Bowl 5’11
Extension Ramp – 6’6
Pick Up Stick – 7’0
Stewart Redline 11
9’0 x 24 ½ x 3 ½
9’0 x 22 x 2 ¾
9’0 x 23 x 3 ¼
Stewart Funline 11
8’0 x 23 x 3 ½
CJ Nelson Sprout 9’6
Harley Ingleby Cruiser 9’5
Harley Ingleby Diamond Drive 9’2
Corey Colapintail 8’3


Hawaiian South Shore January Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
DID YOU CLEAN HOUSE?

David Kelly | Owner, Hawaiian South Shore

In Japan, the New Year celebration is one of the most important events on the Japanese calendar. They have a variety of different customs and events. One big event is “Osoji,” what we call ‘Spring Cleaning.’ The ritual is traditionally done at the end of the year as an opportunity to reset and begin the new year fresh. If you didn’t do your end of year cleaning, do it now, it’s not too late!

When I clean, I use straight baking soda and a scrub sponge for the bathroom. The Magic Eraser works okay and DonQuijote always has them for a lower price. If you or your friends go to Japan, you can get a bag of it at 100yen stores. Someone just mentioned to me that they sell them on eBay under ‘melamine sponges’ for $7.79 for 100. Anyway, as you can tell, I do some of the cleaning at home!

I hope you get a good sense of pride and have an awesome 2018!


HOW TO STOP MUSCLE CRAMPS NATURALLY
Dr. David Williams | Professional Site

If you experience muscle cramps while surfing, follow these tips to help stop the cramps and spasms in their tracks and prevent them from occurring again.

CALCIUM:

Around 90% of muscle cramps are caused by calcium deficiency.

If you are already taking calcium supplements every day, but you still have cramps and spasms, you probably need to switch supplements. There are hundreds of calcium supplements on the market, but the ones that are the most useful to your body contain other elements along with calcium. Look for a product that contains the digestive acid betaine hydrochloride, magnesium, and vitamin D. Each of these will help increase the amount of calcium you assimilate into your system.

PICKLE JUICE:

A simple remedy for muscle cramps is eating a slice of sour pickle; the cramp is gone in about 60 seconds. It’s also supposed to prevent pulled hamstrings.

Some athletic trainers say this is a grandma formula, but if it works, do it.

PINCHING YOUR LIP:

A doctor by the name of Donald Cooper discovered a technique you can use to put a stop to a sudden cramp or spasm. He says it works 90 percent of the time. Dr. Cooper describes the technique: At the first sign of muscle cramping, take a good, firm hold on the upper lip between the thumb and index finger, maintaining constant pressure. The cramping will stop or fade away, usually within 20 – 30 seconds, although sometimes it may take longer.

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

DMSO:

You can also stop muscle cramps and spasms with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) – a clear, colorless, slightly oily liquid with a faint smell of sulfur. When applied topically, DMSO passes through the skin’s oily membranes and reduces swelling, inflammation, and pain.

DMSO is sold in both liquid and gel form. Use only the 99.9 percent liquid, as the creams and gels have been known to cause prolonged itching and irritation. Some people may still have a mild reaction to the liquid (usually warmth and a little itching at the site of the application) when they first use DMSO, but it is temporary and no cause for concern.

To use DMSO, mix a solution of one part water and two parts DMSO (usually one capful of water and two capfuls of DMSO) and store it in a glass container. Using your fingers or a cotton swab, rub the DMSO directly into your skin. Most people suggest dabbing DMSO onto an area, but rubbing it on has been shown to improve the absorption time by up to 50 percent. A typical application is one to three teaspoons. Apply the DMSO at least three times a day.


NON-HODGKIN’S LYMPHOMA
Spencer Chang, MD | Sports Medicine
Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon at Straub Clinic | WSL Orthopaedic Consultant



In September of 2013, after recently getting back from a surf trip to Fiji, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. While dining with friends at Musket Cove, I was discussing an enlarging lymph node on my neck and how I needed to get it checked out to make sure it wasn’t cancer. I had a previous lymph node removed from my neck in the past, and it turned out to be benign. My friends lambasted me for not getting it checked out sooner.

This time, I wasn’t so lucky. I took off 5 months from work and surfing, needing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and am happy to say that I am in complete remission. Thank you, Doctors Galen Choy and Laeton Pang!

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is a group of blood cancers that includes all types of lymphoma except Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, fever, night sweats, weight loss, and tiredness. Other symptoms may include bone pain, chest pain, or itchiness. Some forms are slow growing, while others are fast growing.

In 2015, about 4.3 million people had NHL and 231,400 died. 3.4% of all cancer deaths are caused by NHL. In the United States, 2.1% of people are affected at some point in their life. The most common age of diagnosis is between 65 and 75 years old. The percentage of people who survive five years in the United States is 71%. (Information from Wikipedia and NIH Cancer Institute.)

Getting cancer any time during your life is not cool. But when you’re a senior in high school or a kid, it’s even worse. A good friend of mine, Dr. Michael Pi, an anesthesiologist who works with me, and his son, Micah have been going through some tough times. During the finals of the 2017 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Micah was spending his weekend at Kapiolani Medical Center doing his 5th round of chemotherapy for a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the mediastinum (deep in his chest).

Micah had been feeling really down, and I wanted to do something to cheer him up. While working the Van’s World Cup, I got one of my surfboards signed by the winner, Conner Coffin, and Josh Kerr, Josh Moniz, Makana Pang, Aritz Aranburu, Michael February, Reef Heazlewood, Colt Ward, Barron Mamiya, Jason Shibata, Kai Borg Garcia, Kid Peligro, and the WSL Medical team. He got a 5’10 Lost Hydroflex Surfboard with supercharger technology (from Hawaiian South Shore of course). I know Kapiolani Medical Center will do their job to cure his cancer. I hoped a little Christmas cheer would cure his spirit.

I think his surfing buddies that came to visit him were a little jealous. By the way, Micah, it’s okay to take off your beanie, we do, including your awesome dad! Soon enough, you will be an inspiration to the many children who will go through the same experiences you are having and they’ll hope that they can be as strong as you!

Here’s a link to my story: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KMxCFApsqqM

For an appointment call the Straub Bone and Joint Center at 522-4232. Just say Dave from Hawaiian South Shore sent you! Also, if you have any questions shoot me an e-mail at skychang@straub.net.


MEMBER OF THE MONTH
Blythe

I’m super stoked to be interviewing this month’s member of the month. It’s actually been a while since I’ve seen Blythe. When she comes into the store you can feel the POSITIVE energy and it makes me stoked when I see her.

When and what got you into surfing?

I’ve always had a love for the ocean as long as I can remember. A local girl, born and raised in Kapahulu. I grew up sponging at Waikiki “Walls”. At 16, I tried surfing for the first time. I vividly remember dusting off an old yellow single fin retro shaped 7’0 gun from under my Auntie’s house in Kaimuki. I could barely paddle the thing and had never felt so unstable and out of control. After endless slews of wipeouts, I was determined to catch a wave and stand. Words cannot express how stoked I was when I caught my first wave. I felt as if I were gliding on top of the water and saw everything from a whole new perspective.

Needless to say, from that moment on, I was hooked!

Did you have a time you weren’t surfing? If so, when and why did you start back up?

I’ve been in the military (Hawaii Army and Air National Guard) for just under 9 years, and have been away from home on numerous occasions for months at a time. I was not able to surf during the tenure of my service obligations. However, I’ve always managed to find my way back to the waters of the Pacific Ocean, a place of happiness and peace, a place I am most free and in my element, and most of all, a place I call home.

Surfing has and will always be my passion and escape. When I’m surfing, I forget about all the negative things and worries in my life. It’s like they don’t exist and I’m on “Hakuna Matata” mode… “No worries!”

Where is your favorite place to eat after you surf and what is your favorite item?

I used to eat at Rainbows Drive Inn after a long surf sesh. I’d order a slush float and plate lunch (mixed or BBQ steak). But now it’s Foodland poke bowls that I crave.

Outside of surfing what do you do for fun?

I also enjoy indoor cycling and lifting weights.

What do you do for work? What do you like about it?

I’m a Public Affairs Officer for the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG). I enjoy working with fellow airmen and local media in efforts to provide timely and accurate information to the community, and help to share/tell the HIANG story. I also get to meet celebrities and work cool events and movie productions. That’s the really fun part of my job.

What board(s) did you get from us recently?

I recently purchased a 5’5 Libtech Puddle Jumper, which is super fabulous by the way. I had no idea!

Why did you decide on this model and size?

At first, I was hesitant because it looked like a stubby little fun board with way too much volume on the nose. However, I was amazingly impressed with how well it paddled, its buoyancy, speed and flexibility.

How did it surf and what did you like about it?

This board rides like a traditional performance board and it’s very forgiving on late takeoffs. It’s also sturdy, durable, and handles in practically all types of conditions; from waste-high to overhead. So far, I’ve ridden PJ at Makaha, White Plains, Cliffs, Outside Overs, and North Beach. This board rocks!

What size fins and set up are you using? Have you tried other fins on the board?

I find this board performs best with a quad setup. I use the FCS Accelerator Series (Small) with the FCS AM (quad) rear fins.

Anything else you want to add?

Big mahalo to David and Stef for their hospitality and excellent customer service. They really took the time to help me find the right board. If you are looking for quality boards and surf gear, I highly recommend checking out Hawaiian South Shore. They’re #awesomesauce.


WHAT’S GOING ON AT HAWAIIAN SOUTH SHORE?
NEW VEKTOR FINS!

If you ride a shortboard or a fish and have a quad set up, you may notice that sometimes when you are pumping down the line, the board slides out. You may also notice that when you make a deep bottom turn, the board either bogs or slides out. The Vektor fin will help eliminate all of that. It’s designed so you can surf the board top to bottom like a thruster. The Nubster became famous when Slater used it in the New York Contest, but Ryan at Vektor came up with this design several years before that. Last month, Ryan made a keel center fin for you to get a little more hold, but more release at the top. You can use this one with your twin set up and Longboard side fins too.

Reward members can demo these for FREE. Check them out on our site, the fins come in FCS and Futures. If you need any additional help, give us a call at 597-9055, or…

Stop on by and we’d love to help you!


COREY COLAPINTO CAME BY!
Team Rider for CJ Nelson

I really didn’t realize how young and humble Corey Colapinto, the team rider for CJ Nelson was! We did a video interview, which we will post on our blog. We asked him about his model, the strength and how it surfed. He currently only has two sizes: 8’3” and 8’9” for 2018.

What he’s most stoked on with the board is even though it’s an EPS Core, the board is not corky in the water like most epoxy boards. It’s light enough to make it easy to maneuver, but heavy enough so it glides through the chop.

We have the 8’3” in our demo fleet, so come down and check it out! I’ve rode it several times and it’s a really fun board.

EVEN AUNTY DIANE FROM KEWALO’S
was super stoked to be on it!

If you know Aunty Diane, you know she does not hold back. What she liked about it was the easy turning, it’s loose and you can cut back with ease. It doesn’t feel like a single fin. What she didn’t like about it was that the nose is larger than what she is accustomed to. She does not like paddling for the wave, so she’s usually in the steeper section taking off. Someone told her to sit outside like most surfers do and paddle for the wave. Once she did that, she was able to ride the small waves all the way to the inside with no problem.

It wants to go forever. Also, even though the board is epoxy it felt like a regular fiberglass board. I have to totally agree with her about the feel, it does not have the chattering sounds like other epoxy boards and the board has so much drive, but it’s easy to turn. Definitely a winner!

If you’re interested in these boards, or if you just want to learn more, feel free to check out our CJ Nelson page: here. We even have short videos explaining the boards for you all!


NEW ALOHA DAYS SWEATERS!
Keep warm even after the holidays!

These awesome sweaters to keep you warm are only available at Hawaiian South Shore! Check it out online or in the store. The inventory on our website is updated every hour so you can shop online, get points and use your reward discounts online.


REVIEWS, REVIEWS AND MORE REVIEWS!!
We love getting your reviews! Check some of them out!

❝ I love my Straw Hat jacket. It is functional and fashionable. The jacket keeps me warm, while still giving me the freedom to paddle. Love it! ❞
Elyn

 

 

 

❝ Love it! Thanks so much for the great advice and feedback. The Puddle Jumper with the Libtech construction surfs great and I know it will last for years. I plan on making it a staple of my travel quiver and using it at home in stall days. ❞

Aloha and Mahalo, Dan


FINDING THE RIGHT SIZE WETSUIT
Helpful tips, advice, and information.

The purpose of this article is to help you find a proper fitting wetsuit.

Wetsuits are designed to trap the water inside your suit. If it’s too big and baggy, the warm water trapped in the suit will flush out and fresh, cold water will enter. The goal is to have a suit that fits snug, but if the suit is too small, then comfort is compromised. Finding the right size is actually easy if you know what to watch for.

If you spend a large amount of cash you can have a specialist measure every dimension of your body and build you a custom wetsuit. Although there is nothing wrong with having a custom suit made, I believe it’s totally unnecessary for most body shapes and sizes. As a matter of fact, most high-end wetsuits from Japan are done in that manner. Believe me, it took us almost two years to persuade the manufacturer to make the Straw Hat wetsuits with standard sizes. Having a wetsuit with too long of a sleeve isn’t an issue. Most wetsuit manufacturers err on the side of being too long, so it’s normal for the legs and sleeves to be a bit scrunched up when you wear a wetsuit dry. The small wrinkles in the limbs don’t alter warmth or comfort.

When you get in the water, the suit tends to position itself on your body. So the most important thing is that the wetsuit is comfortable and snug. Having a snug suit is super important, especially when the surf becomes larger. The suit stretches and it’ll hold you down and drag you.

WEARING YOUR SUIT, THE EASY WAY:

Getting into and out of a wetsuit takes some practice.
One of the easiest ways to get into your wetsuit is to use a plastic trash bag. Just place the bag over your foot or hands, slip the suit on, then pull the bag off. This is one of the best ways to wear your suit, especially if you want the seams to last.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Avoid over-stretching fabric and seams when pulling the suit by using your fingers like you’re pinching the suit. Avoid using your fingernails.

AFTER YOUR SURF SESSION:

You need to care for your suit or it won’t last. Rinse with fresh, cool water after every use. Do not use hot water as it will cause the neoprene to lose its’ flexibility. Hang dry in the shade and not in direct sunlight. UV breaks down the neoprene and causes it to dry and age quicker.

The best way to hang dry is not to hang it by the shoulders like you’d hang a jacket, but to place it through the hanger and let it hang folded in half. Not only does it dry faster, but it also places less stress on the shoulders. If at all possible, store your suit in a cool, dry place and not in your car, where the heat will cook and bake the stretching properties of the suit.

FAST DRYING TECHNIQUES:

I found one of the best and safest ways to dry your suit up to 80% before hang drying it is to use your beach towel. Spread your beach towel flat on the ground and lay the wetsuit on top. Then take the excess towel and fold it over the suit. Starting from the top, roll the towel and wetsuit up like a burrito. As you’re rolling, squash the moisture out with your knees by bouncing on the roll. Smash the towel as much as possible, it will absorb the water. Unroll the wetsuit burrito and hang dry, remembering to hang it through the hanger folded in half, for a faster drying time.


ACCORDING TO SCIENTISTS, VISITING THE BEACH CAN CHANGE YOUR BRAIN IN AN INCREDIBLE WAY
The positive effects of being at the beach.

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for us on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed.

That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.

Overall, this blue space affects you in three different ways:

1.) Going to the beach reduces stress.

Water is nature’s cure to life’s stressors. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So, whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!

2.) The beach boosts your creativity.

Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.

3.) Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression.

Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space, away from the chaos of your daily life.

Read more about the “blue space”: here.


THE HALO ADVANTAGE
All about the Takayama Halo Fins!

While Donald Takayama’s contribution to surfing and surfboard design runs the gamut from longboards to short, and even includes a storied career as a professional competitor, perhaps his most futuristic and visionary invention is the Halo Fin. Drawing on the theory behind the pivot fin, Takayama sought to create a fin system that allowed larger wave riding vehicles such as longboards, SUPs, and shorter hybrids to turn with ease and efficiency. And when he finally nailed the science and perfected the design, it was quintessential Takayama to give it the simplest name possible—Halo, which means “fin” in Hawaiian.

There are two major notes of interest when it comes to the Halo Fin. First of all, the center and side fins work together closely. In fact, the center fin can be considered an extension of the side fins. Thus, this isn’t a setup where you want to slap a center Halo onto a board with a pair of random standard fins. In fact, if you look closely at the outline of the typical fin versus a Halo side fin, you will notice that the orientation of the fins is almost completely opposite. That is the genius of Takayama’s invention. While the standard keel fin (which all modern fins are descended from) has a leading edge that is rounded back, and then a trailing edge that is straight or nearly vertical in orientation to the bottom of the board (modern keels and standard shortboard fins are simply keels with adjustments made to the shape of the trailing edge), the Halo side fins are actually reversed. The leading edge is straight, while the trailing edge is curved. This may seem to fly in the face of everything that we “know” about modern fin design, but Donald Takayama was never afraid to think for himself, and what he found was that this fin setup allowed for sharper, more responsive turns on larger boards—even when the surfer wasn’t standing over the fins. (This last point is important, because one of the limitations of large boards such as longboards and SUPs is that they can typically only be turned from the tail).

The Halo center fin is an interesting hybrid. In many ways, it resembles the standard pivot fin (which Takayama has also been credited with inventing). However, if you compare the shape of a side Halo fin to the tip of the center Halo fin, you will find that they are practically identical. In essence, Takayama has taken a side Halo fin and extended its’ length, creating a Halo-ended pivot fin that works in concert with the side fins.

When all of the elements in the Halo setup come together, what you get is a more efficient, faster fin setup that increases drive while also improving turning radius. Considering the fact that most fins have to compromise between drive and maneuverability, it would seem that the Halo fin is the mythical silver bullet, providing both, rather than sacrificing one for the other. And that is exactly what Donald Takayama intended. For those looking to spice up the ride on their mod- ern longboard, SUP, or even mid-length quad, it’s pretty difficult to find a setup more cutting-edge than the Halo Fin.

Hawaiian South Shore is one of only a few distributors worldwide carrying the Halo Fin. For more info on the design, check out this informative video that Hawaiian Pro Designs head honcho Noah Shimabukuro put together for us: https://www.hawaiiansouthshore.com/surf-accessories/Surfboard-Fins/takayama_halo_fins/


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DEMO BOARDS AVAILABLE TO TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!

For our Rewards Members!

Libtech
Puddle Jumper 5’5 (2), 5’7, 5’9, 5’11 (2)
Round Nose Fish 5’6
Short Round 5’10
Sub Buggy 6’0
Nude Bowl 5’11
Extension Ramp – 6’6
Pick Up Stick – 7’0
Stewart Redline 11
9’0 x 24 ½ x 3 ½
9’0 x 22 x 2 ¾
9’0 x 23 x 3 ¼
Stewart Funline 11
8’0 x 23 x 3 ½
CJ Nelson Sprout 9’6
Harley Ingleby Cruiser 9’5
Harley Ingleby Diamond Drive 9’2
Corey Colapintail 8’3


Shark Attack on the North Shore

NEW YEAR’S EVE:
SHARK ATTACK ON THE NORTH SHORE
Ricardo Taveira | Owner, Hawaii Eco Divers

WARNING: THE IMAGES PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE GRAPHIC. THEY ARE NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

Aloha did you hear or see the news about the lady that got bitten by a shark at Hulton’s?

After I heard about it the next day I received an e-mail from Ricardo. He owns Hawaii Eco Tours, whom I’ve met through his Apnea Surf Survival class. He sent me an e-mail and I wanted to share with you. Please get the word out about her go fund me page. I pasted the e-mail below with a link to the gofundme.com page, as well as the images that were provided.

Aloha David.

I am writing you because of a recent shark attack that happened to one of our community members on the north shore of Oahu. I’m hoping that by posting this on your blog, we will be able to increase the funds to help with her medical bills.

A local surfer girl, Marjorie Mariano, suffered from a shark on the North Shore of Oahu at Hultan’s, which is next to Laniakea, around 6 p.m. on December 31st. We are not exactly sure the type of shark that attacked her, but by her description of the animal and judging from the wounds, it is estimated to be a tiger shark about 10-11 feet long. Before the attack happened and the day was ending, Marjorie decided to paddle back to the beach. As she was approaching the inside, she felt a bite on her left thigh and knee. The bottom part of the shark’s jaws were beneath her surf board, and the upper jaws were on top of her leg. As she realized she was bit, she started to pull her leg out of the shark’s mouth and kick the shark with her other leg as the shark was shaking her. As she was fighting the shark, she could see most of it’s head, eyes, and body out of the water. She vividly remembers the full moon glaring on the shark’s skin.

When the shark let her go, her first reaction was to face the animal and confront it in order for it to leave her alone. Soon after, the shark turned around and left.

She then started yelling and asking for help. Luckily, there were still two other surfers surfing nearby. By the time they got close to her, she was already in shock and paddling as fast as possible to get out of the water. She thought the shark would come back for her since she was bleeding a lot. When the two surfers got close to her and saw the injury, immediately one man removed his own leash and applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. She was very fortunate to have had the surfers apply the tourniquet in the water, and for them to have also applied pressure on the wound on the beach until emergency care arrived. Marjorie was taken to Queens Hospital in Honolulu, where she underwent surgery. She received more than 100 stitches on her thigh and behind her knee. She had a major artery lacerated and could have bled to death.

At this moment, she remains at Queens Hospital and is very optimistic about her recovery, even though it may take weeks for her to walk again. One thing she is already sure about is that this experience will not stop her from surfing again.

Marjorie needs your help. Please click on the link below and donate any amount you can afford. As we all know, health insurances don’t cove all medical bills, not to mention the time she will need to take off work to recover.

https://www.gofundme.com/helpmarjoriesharkattack

These are some photos of the Marjorie. Including images of the wound.





Christmas Gift Ideas for Surfers…

Moskova Underwear

Moskova is an underwear that will last you for years. I’ve been wearing mine for over 4 years, which isn’t a rare case. These underwear are incredibly comfortable and are popular with the MMA Fighters for comfort and strength. (They use the ones that have a little longer length.) 

Ocean Sunglasses 

Looking for a gift for someone that fishes, surfs, boats or just works around the water? The Ocean Sunglasses from Europe are UVA, UVB, polarized and float. We’ve been selling these for the past 5 years. We have many different shapes and sizes at the shop to fit everyone! 

SupraCor Products 

The repeat customer is good enough for us to believe in it. My wife and I both use these products, which is why I have it at the shop. It softens the skin and removes the worries of any bacteria growth. Get one for Christmas and someone will be stoked. It’s one of the few (maybe the only) presents I got for my mother and she was totally stoked on it. She was so stoked she suggested I get one for my sister. That was a new experience of getting two thumbs up! 

Surf Key Lock 

Key Lock by a Japanese company called Tools, is a strong lock for your surfboard. You can set your own combination and best of all, it fits most car remotes! 

Kanulock

This lock is used to secure surfboards to your roof rack and truck beds. 8′ long, it will work on 2 sup’s on top of each other. This lock reduces the risk of theft because it’s two steel cables make it hard to cut. 

Core Balance Ion Bracelet

The Core Bracelet is one of those things that we’ve been selling on just pure word of mouth. It helps people with stiff shoulders, all the way to a local customer that had vertigo. It has gem stones that are crushed and kneaded into the silicone putty and then baked into a solid bracelet.

Happy Holidays!!

 

Hawaiian South Shore’s December Newsletter

HOLIDAYS WERE LONESOME

David Kelly | Owner, Hawaiian South Shore

The support when you are underway on a ship between shipmates was something that kept your sanity, especially during the holidays.

I was in the Navy prior to coming to Hawaii. Our home Port was in Yokosuka, Japan. During my time aboard (4 years), we were mostly out to sea. The longest we were in our home port was 3 months. The guys that were married with kids, had it tough.

We’d spend a few weeks off Russia, then zoom down to another place for some operation with the fleet. I remember one Christmas in the Persian Gulf, we were protecting the Kuwaiti owned Oil Tankers and we were underway for a while. Everyone was getting depressed because we weren’t able to pull into any port for some time off. What made it worse was that we didn’t get any packages for close to 4 weeks. Everyone was anxious to get something for the holidays. We were just about 1 week from Christmas and the mail came in!

Everyone was super stoked to get something, especially some goodies. It sure brought everybody’s spirit up and the whole ship had some good, positive vibes going.

My package didn’t come until after Christmas. In the beginning, I was really bummed. But, it was strange, so many people had such good energy that it actually made it bearable.

That taught me a lesson. The energy around you is super important for moral support. I hope you project positive energy so much that it transfers to the people around you!

THE WORLD’S BEST WETSUITS ARE MADE IN JAPAN

Click the banner to order now! Free shipping available!

The premium suits for many surf companies use Real Japanese rubber and manufacture the suits in Japan. Don’t mistake brands that use Yamamoto Rubber as the same suits such as the Straw Hat Suit. Yamamoto Rubber in Japan is considered junk rubber that is made in Taiwan. I know this because I used to make the Amsterdam Wetsuits in the U.S. for Joel Tudor at one time.

Every year, the rubber in Japan is upgraded and this year, the rubber is softer and has less air pockets in the neoprene, making them less susceptible to creasing from folding the suits.

We’ve been selling them for a little over 5 years and we stand behind the suits with a 30-day money back guarantee. Come down and see why customers rave about the suit. Most are still using the suit they bought 5 years ago with no dry cracks and the elastic is keeping its shape. The zippers are specifically made by YKK zippers for the ocean conditions.

GROWING CORAL?

It’s pretty cool to see the things they can do to help the environment these days. I remember spear fishing with my uncle and father in Okinawa and the coral seemed lifeless. We used to snorkel around and see a lot of different colored coral, but now almost 75% of Japan’s biggest coral reef has died from bleaching. Check out this article I found online, from www.theguardian.com dated January 2017. You can read it over here.

The reef, located in Japan’s southernmost reaches, has become “extremely serious” in recent years, according to the Japanese environment ministry, whose survey of 35 locations in the lagoon last November and December found that 70.1% of the coral had died. The dead coral has now turned dark brown and is now covered in algae.

BUT… A team of scientists has developed a new method of restoring devastated reefs using ceramic dishes to grow coral from transplants. Mineo Okamoto (Marine Biologist) is leading one of the largest coral resto- ration projects in the world. His team has used an ingenious technique to plant 13,000 pieces of coral. A system of ceramic dishes which allows the coral larvae to stick to it when the coral spawns. This protects the young coral, allows it to grow and we can then use it for transplants.  All this takes place underwater in the coral’s natural environment.

I also read that there are people here in Hawaii that are working to figure out a way to restore the coral. It’d sure be nice to see that lively coral in my lifetime!

REVIEW OF THE DONALD TAKAYAMA HALO 4-1/2” QUAD SETUP


To see if the testimonials are true, try your own through us!

I usually ride a 9’2” epoxy Hap Ja- cobs, my cousin Jimmy Gusukuma of Rainbow Drive Inn hooked me up with it. I saw a testimonial on your website about the Halos, I was interested, so Jim said he had a 7-1/2” center that I could try. I put it on and loved it, the pivoting, along with the ability to drive down the line, I was sold. I asked him how much he wanted for it? He said that I could have it. I was so stoked I came to your store and got the side bites to match. I have been rippin’ ever since. Jim also loaned my son Chase a 6’8” Takayama which was made for a friend of his. My son wasn’t using it so I began riding it. I loved the feeling of maneuverability and quickness, but on bigger waves I could feel the fins breaking out and sliding. So, I figured why not try the Halos, it was a Takayama shaped board so why not. As it turns out, they’re great. Made some good hard turns in bigger waves. Thank you to the petite Asian girl who helped me with the chart. I never even noticed before that the sides were different from foiled centers vs half foiled, flat inside outers. So, thank you Hawaiian South Shore for making another one of the boards I ride, perform even better.

MEMBER OF THE MONTH:

Gerald Inenaga


Pictured above is Gerald buying his new Harley Ingleby. To get your own, you can access our site here, as well as by clicking his image.

When and what got you into surfing?

I got into surfing in 1959 at age 4 next to the Waikiki wall. My father’s friend, old surf buddy and Tai Chi Master Attuck (Sam Kekina), pushed me into some waves and I was hooked. My father started taking me to paipo board Waikiki until I was in the 7th grade. We lived in Kuliouou Valley, so I started surfing from Portlock Point to Wailupe with my friends.

Did you have a time you weren’t surfing? If so, when and why did you start back up?

The only time I wasn’t surfing was when I was recovering from a surfing or sport injury.

Outside of surfing what do you do for fun?

I like to play my guitar and jam with my friends. I also play golf once in a while with my brothers.

What do you do for work?

I’m retired from the Honolulu Fire Department.

What board(s) did you get from us recently?

Since March of this year, I’ve bought the Ingleby 7’2” model, Lost Puddle Fish, Ingleby HIHP Round Square and 9’3” cruiser.

Why did you decide on this model and size?

I was diagnosed with arthritis over ten years ago in my hands, ankle and knees, so it influences my board choice on certain days.

How did it surf and what did you like about it?

I just picked up the cruiser model so I can’t comment on it. The rest of the boards work great for their intended purposes.

What size fins and set up are you using? Have you tried other fins on the board?

The Puddle Fish is my go to Diamond Head board. It can grovel better than my puddle jumper up to head high. It likes big fins up front so I settled on panchos and bigger quad rears or smaller rears and nubster.

The Moe model is a great utility board that works from grovel to overhead. I’ve settled on Luke Egans fronts and mayhem quad rears. I’ve just bough new fins from you that I haven’t tested yet.

The HIHP works better when it’s chest high to over-head when conditions are good. So far, I haven’t used it enough to decide, but it worked great with the Harley Thruster set or with smaller quad rears. Note: the carbon HIHP needed some breaking in, it felt more flexible the more I used it.

Anything else you want to add?

I want to thank David, Brett and the crew at Hawaiian South Shore for their time and assistance they have given me. Mahalo.

MENISCUS PRESERVATION

Spencer Chang, MD | Sports Medicine | Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon at Straub Clinic | WSL Orthopaedic Consultant

The meniscus is a cushion in the knee that helps to evenly distribute forces across the joint. Without the meniscus, arthritis will set in quite rapidly. There are two menisci, a lateral (outer) and a medial (inner). When the meniscus tears, it can cause catching, locking, and painful irritations that make it difficult to do squatting, twisting and pivoting activities like surfing. It wasn’t too long ago, where certain patterns of meniscal tears would routinely be treated with partial meniscectomies, or partial excision and smoothing of the menisci. This resulted in less meniscus or cushion. Now although arthroscopic partial meniscectomies can be very successful, the procedure leaves less functional meniscus, and theoretically less cushion for the knee joint.

From research, we know that patients with less menisci or less functional menisci will develop arthritis more quickly, and the cartilage will wear down. With the new types of implants and suturing devices available, previously irreparable meniscus tear patterns can now be fixed, and all arthroscopically. Although there are implants like the Collagen Meniscal Implant or Allograft (cadaver) meniscal transplants, nothing beats your own meniscus.

The recovery for a meniscus repair is longer than a partial meniscectomy (4 months versus 4 – 6 weeks). But in the end, I think most people would rather have their own knee for the majority if not all of their lives, than needing a knee replacement, where you have to be careful how you surf to make sure it lasts.

At Straub Medical Center, the Sports Medicine Surgeons like myself (Dr. Spencer Chang and Dr. Nick Crawford), strive to preserve and restore cartilage as much as possible. In many cases, this means we’ll repair meniscal tears whenever possible, which is becoming much more often than not.

For an appointment call the Straub Bone and Joint Center at 522-4232. Just say Dave from Hawaiian South Shore sent you! Also, if you have any questions shoot me an e-mail at Skychang@straub.net.

We had so many people join our new Platinum Rewards Membership last month!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH! We are super stoked that you folks appreciate our offering of 10% back and 20% off on your Birthday month.

If you did not join, it’s a one-time fee of $20 and you get hooked up!

THE HYPTO WAS THE #1 SELLING BOARD IN THE WORLD!


You can access the site to order your own Hayden Shapes board by clicking above or >here!/p>
The Holy Grail Outline has been designed to bring more performance with a better fit in the tighter areas of the wave. This is achieved by narrowing the nose width, but extending the length of the rail line ahead of your front foot. This gives you a longer or greater connection for carving, but added curve to ensure it will fit in the tighter curves of the waves.

Bringing more surface area to the tail area of the board was also introduced to increase planing speed in smaller, flatter waves. The key feature of the tail plan shape is the side cut (inverted outline), which introduces an aggressive curve to the rail line of the board, affecting your surfing when on rail and late in your turns. This contrasts the flatter rocker profile, which is designed to give a very fast and continuous speed profile to the board.

WHAT’S NEW AT HAWAIIAN SOUTH SHORE?

JS Surfboards, now available through us!

If you read last month’s newsletter, you know we’re getting the JS Surfboards in. About 6 or 7 years ago, we were heavy into JS Surfboards. They were one of the very first to come out with a stringer-less Carbon Railed board. All the boards were coming in from Australia and the quality was awesome. After several years, JS started working with a distribution company in Southern Cali. As they transitioned into Cali, the quality started going downhill and we stopped carrying the board. We had so many people asking for the board, but we totally pride ourselves in the quality we sell in the shop. I’d feel bad knowing we’re selling junk quality. Well, after a few years, sales totally dropped and they brought production back to Australia.

For the past 6 months or so, a few of our good customers came in telling us about how strong and flexible the HYFI technology is and we really got interested. One good customer that is 6’ 2” and 220 pounds has been riding his HYFI Blak Box II for almost 6 months and has had no pressure on the deck. Mind you, he surfs at least 4 times a week. That made up our minds, so we contacted the local rep and wrote up an order.

We have two models coming in. The PSYCHO NITRO, a swallow tail, small wave board. The swallow tail is one to get for control and tons of drive! The other model we are getting is the BLAK BOX II ROUND TAIL. This is an every- day performance board with a round tail for harder turns and drive.

Oh, yes. What is the HYFI? It’s an Epoxy board that gives you more spring, speed and acceleration. It’s stronger and 20% lighter than PU. The floatation, according to testers like Dusty Payne, felt it was only just enough to notice a slight increase in buoyancy and ease of paddling, but not enough to warrant making any changes to dimension or overall volume.

COCONUTS ARE NATURE’S LITTLE MIRACLES

Vissla Boardshorts

Each year, the Earth gives us more than 20 billion coconuts to use as we please. Most of the time, the inner portion of the nut is made into food, medical and cosmetic products. The outer husk is considered waste and discarded; only to be transported to sit and rot in a landfill. This is an inefficient process that brings unwarranted harm upon the environment. It turns out that coconut husks, blended with polyester are a perfect material to make boardshorts out of. Thanks to a process called Cocotex®, the overlooked “waste” is turned into an activated carbon fabric. The properties of this fabric are everything you could ever wish for in a pair of trunks. Vissla uses Cocotex® and Repreve certified yarns.

Cocotex® stretches, breathes, fights odor and lasts for years!

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS!

SupraCor

The ultimate body and facial exfoliator products!

Ocean Sunglasses

Only at Hawaiian South Shore. These sun- glasses are developed in Europe and made for fishing, boating, surfing and more. UVA/UVB polarized.

Takayama Halo Longboard/SUP Center Fin Smoke 8.5”

If you longboard or SUP, the Takayama Halo Fins are highly recommended. It’s been our #1 selling fin for over 10 years. Enjoy more speed and easier turns than any other fin on the market.

Give the gift of a Christmas Stocking filled with surf accessories any surfer will want! Come down and check that out for a deal!

REAL SUN COVER MAKES FOR A PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Real Sun Cover, the Natural Sunscreen we’ve been selling for 5 years now, has great reviews. It’s a perfect gift for Christ- mas. The Stick and liquid is SPF32. We helped developed this formula with a Chief Formulation Chemist in Colorado. The stick took over 3 years to figure out. We get a lot of questions if SPF32 is enough.

I got in touch with our formulation contact and here is what he had to say:

Some manufacturers claim SPF 50 or more for ‘mineral’ sunscreens, but often will use other ingredients in the formula that either are somewhat UV active, but not approved sunscreens chemistries (which are often not UV stable and actually increase oxidative damage), or use anti-inflammatory ingredients that suppress the normal erythemal redness response that too much UV absorption induces, which is also an unsafe practice. Unfortunately, the regulations aren’t sophisticated enough to recognize these issues with formulas. It’s also very easy to bias up the SPF evaluation test because ‘redness’ is scored by a human eye, and the scorer can have a different opinion of what constitutes ‘redness,’ especially if the test is run by a company’s marketing department. This can result in higher SPF values, even though the real SPF value is not that high. There are a lot of problems out there. We use the max allowable zinc oxide concentration and I’ve never seen it more than SPF 35. We have an independent lab do our SPF testing so there’s little opportunity for conflict of interest.

GETTING REVIEWS IS WHAT WE LIVE FOR!

Thank you for your email. The board is awe- some!  I’m a believer and pro-Libtech! Yes, I was skeptical at first, as I am a traditional short boarder, and not used to the width and extra volume on the nose. However, after having tested the board out on this past swell, it’s super flexible. I was surprised how well it handled on both late takeoffs and bottom turns into a vertical snap. Mahalo nui loa for your kind hospitality. Please relay this message to David as well. I’ll be sure to write a positive review online. Hawaiian South Shore rocks!

Cheers, Blythe

I was super stoked and to be honest relieved that she was very open minded and gave the board a shot, so I emailed her back and she responded:

Today I took my board (PJ) out to North Beach and surfed for three hours. It was small, but just like you said, PJ can handle in waist to overhead conditions. She performs so amazingly. I’m super stoked. Thanks again!

YES! Super stoked and Yep we totally believe the Puddle Jumper is a fun and versatile board.

d_vengo: Thanks for the shout out! Loving the board!
hwnsouthshore: Yeah! Right on, thanks for letting us know.

Super stoked Jamie O’Brien dropped in with his girlfriend, Annika Bauer.

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BRAZIL NUTS AND SELENIUM POISON

Mike Olsen | Founder of Libtech

I was feeling exhausted for over a year and the more I exercised, it seemed like I was going backwards.

I had several heart attacks a few weeks ago while surfing alone up the East Cape of Baja. My heart attacks were the most standard ones you read about: numb upper arms, hard to breath, and feels like someone is stepping on your chest.

Of course, I ignored the “symptoms,” but after 8 attacks (most happened in the surf at the beginning of the session), my wife luckily got me to go to the emergency room for a check-up. I was immediately rushed by ambulance   to another hospital to have 3 stents placed in my heart. I was 80% and 90% closed in my arteries. It’s weird because I exercise and eat a heart healthy diet every day.

My naturopath sent my blood back to Boston-Heart for a full study and the results were interesting. My overall cholesterol was in the low/good range and my blood sugar was excellent, my main concern was slight vascular inflammation.

My theory is that this was likely caused by holding onto stress, and eating   too many Brazil nuts. I had been eating 30-40 raw Brazil nuts per day for over 2 years, for their health benefits (selenium). I recently googled selenium poisoning and learned that over 6 Brazil nuts per day goes into the toxic range. I think I had severe selenium poisoning. I had almost all the listed symptoms. The last stage of poisoning says a heart attack. Thus, likely the cause of my inflammation.

Wow I am lucky to be alive. I quit eating Brazil nuts. After the 2-day stay at the hospital to get my stents in my heart, I now feel fantastic. I have so much oxygen now and can paddle much easier!

Stay healthy!

CHRISTMAS SALE IS IN FULL EFFECT!

December 10 – 24, 2017

  • Only for Reward Members
  • Receive 15% OFF when you purchase $200 worth of merchandise
  • Receive 20% OFF when you purchase $300 or more of merchandise
  • Enjoy 25% OFF all Hawaiian South Shore, Straw Hat, and Aloha Days clothing
  • PLATINUM MEMBERS GET AN ADDITIONAL 5% OFF!

DEMO BOARDS AVAILABLE TO TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!

Be stoked that you’re a Hawaiian South Shore Rewards Member. It’s Christmas season and we’re hooking you up with a FREE one-day demo (normally $10.)

Libtech

  • Puddle Jumper 5’5 (2), 5’7, 5’9, 5’11 (2)
  • Round Nose Fish 5’6
  • Short Round 5’10
  • Sub Buggy 6’0
  • Nude Bowl 5’11
  • Extension Ramp – 6’6
  • Pick Up Stick – 7’0

Stewart Redline 11

  • 9’0 x 24 ½ x 3 ½
  • 9’0 x 22 x 2 ¾
  • 9’0 x 23 x 3 ¼

Stewart Funline 11

  • 8’0 x 23 x 3 ½

CJ Nelson Sprout 9’6

Harley Ingleby Cruiser 9’5

Harley Ingleby Diamond Drive 9’2

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