Surf Boutique Newsletter May 2017

THE REWARDS MEMBER NEWSLETTER FOR MAY 2017

Reward members, did you check your email?  Make sure you don’t miss out on the Mother’s Day Special. If we don’t have an updated email address you are missing out for sure.  – David

What’s Inside the Newsletter

  1. Do you know the Signs? Know it and save a life
  2. 15 days or your money back on this all natural sunscreen that is non greasy made for the water sports person
  3.  Exclusive CJ Nelson Single fin classics
  4. Member of the Month Mike Wong – Stretch it!!!
  5. Alert Googling it can cost you!
  6.  Lost Shaper Matt Biolos how he got started – Point Panic Beach Clean up
  7. SupraCor get it you’ll be stoked we are. 
  8. Only at Hawaiian South Shore Kanoa longboard fins with Aloha Print fabric
  9. Kewalos Beach Clean up!

Who is Point Panic Contest Director?

1. Talk about who you are.

I grew up in Mililani during the 1980s when it was still a relatively small town compared to today. After high school, I moved to the Big Island and attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo while my family moved to the island of Molokai. I lived on Molokai off and on for ten years building my father’s house on Hawaiian homestead land, and I worked as an electrician with him all over Maui County. In 2008, I returned to Oahu to pursue a master’s degree at Hawaii Pacific University and have lived here on the island I grew up on ever since.

I’m primarily a shortboard surfer (my favorite breaks are Off the Wall, Backdoor, Sunset Beach, Backyards, and Velzyland), but during the summertime, when the waves are flat on the North Shore, I either bodysurf point panic or surf some less crowded eastside spots. I’m currently a PhD student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a professional musician who specializes in performing for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. My dream job is to become a fulltime, tenured communications professor and teach college students here in Hawaii.  

Kanekoa BodySurf Point Panic

2. How did you get into bodysufing competition?

The first bodysurfing competition I ever entered was the 2008 Redwings Handboard event at Point Panic. I enjoyed the experience of riding uncrowded waves using my rubber slipper as a handboard and the positive interactions I had with the other wave riders who enter the event. At that time, there was no bodysurfing event at Point Panic, and I saw a massive void in the community because I believe that Point Panic is primarily a wave solely dedicated to bodysurfing first and handboarding second.

3. What are the past challenges with the competitions?

Hahahaha! Challenges? Where should I start? Nah, finding people like me who serve selflessly is the hardest part. But once I find them, there kokua and aloha is priceless! I do this solely for the love of Point Panic and the bodysurfers who came before us. No challenge is greater than the satisfaction I receive from making people smile, helping people learn about the ocean, and helping people make friends and sustain good, positive relationships with each other. Point Panic is a surf break that is unlike any other place in Hawaii. When the right size swell from the right direction comes in with the right tide and wind direction, it is a magical place, and to me, it is by far the best bodysurfing wave in the world!

Point Panic 2016
Officials Viewing tent

4. What are your current challenges? 

When I started this event back in 2009, I was single, living on the North Shore, pursuing a master’s degree, surfing and golfing a lot, and having a lot of fun! Fast forward to 2017, and I’m now a husband and father, I live in town, I’m pursuing a doctorate degree, AND I’m dealing with a medical condition called ulcerative colitis (Google it, it sucks!) on a daily basis, so I have a lot more challenges today than I had nearly a decade ago. But overall, things could be worse, and I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life and for the people and organizations who help me put this annual wave-riding event on year after year. 

Picture a Point Panic

5. What is your purpose?

My purpose is ocean awareness and education, to perpetuate the Hawaiian art form of Kaha Nalu, to encourage healthy living practices, to create friendships and positive connections between all people, and to protect Point Panic from land, water, air pollution, and especially the nearby excessive over-development in Kaka’ako.

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH 2017 • 8:30AM TILL 11:30A

6. How did getting Vissla, Dafin, and HSS involved change the contest? 

This awesome team of sponsors has provided us with so much! From the liability insurance policy to the t-shirts to the prizes to the advertising to the permit fees to paying for the judges, I can’t thank them enough, especially Mr. Mark Cunningham, who consistently provides us with the moral support and always encourages us to keep moving forward and do our best. The event today is A LOT better than when we first started in 2009, and I’m happy to say that it keeps getting better year after year!

We hope to gain some support and/or assistance from those in the neighboring Kaka’ako area, such as the Howard Hughes Corporation, Kamehameha Schools, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), and 53 by the Sea (the Japanese wedding chapel), so we are very optimistic and looking forward to the future!

7. What would you like to see this year?

Perfect 3 to 5-foot barreling rights! A smile on every participant and spectator all day for two days straight! No litter, no flies, no feral cats, no public alcohol consumption, no drug use, no negativity, no disrespect, and no graffiti. A clean, well-maintained park with no overfilled trash cans and nice green grass for the kids to run around and play, for families to gather, and for all people to enjoy! I believe anything is possible! 

Perfect Point Panic wave

VISSLA, DaFin, Hawaiian South Shore & Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Dear bodysurfers, friends, family and Point Panic enthusiasts!
With assistance from VISSLA, DaFin, Hawaiian South Shore & Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, we are proud to announce the annual POINT PANIC CLEAN UP will take place on Saturday, May 20th from 8:30am till 11:30am. See flyer for details.  Please Share via email, facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.
This annual effort has proven to be the MOST significant community contribution to this location known for being the best bodysurfing wave in the world!  We will continue this effort to remove discarded plastics, styrofoam, cigarette butts, bottle caps, and other type of litter from this beautiful scenic location so that ALL people can enjoy this special place in Kaka’ako.
This year, we will attempt to do our very best in removing the invasive “khaki” weeks also known as the evil KUKU weeds that are very painful to step on bare-footed (if you’ve lived in Hawaii for a while, you know EXACTLY what weed I’m talking about!).  Please bring with you a weeder or old screwdriver from home and gloves so that we, together, can remove ALL of these hazardous weeds in the area between the point panic shower and the Hawaiian garden area and possibly beyond.
If you have any rakes, dustpans, brooms, etc. please bring them with you also so we can do a fast, effective and efficient cleanup and don’t forget to bring your fins!
Aloha!

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH 2017 • 8:30AM TILL 11:30A

Big Wave Contest..Ask 100 big wave surfers if they’d rather

Looking Ahead to the Big Wave Awards

Hugo Vau at Nazaré – 2017 TAG Heuer XXL Biggest Wave Nominee – WSL Big Wave Awards

Ask 100 big wave surfers if they’d rather win the Big Wave World Championship or the Big Wave Ride of the Year award, and you’ll get a pretty even split between the two. While a world championship puts you in the history books, Ride of the Year honors go to the single best big wave ridden all season—and for most people, that one wave will probably qualify as the best ride of their life.

Every April, the WSL Big Wave Awards celebrate the best in heavy water heroics, bringing together the hardest charging men and women for one night of red carpet awards, raucous partying, and hilariously inappropriate monologues by Greg Noll. This next weekend, the 2017 Big Wave Awards will acknowledge the best rides from March 2016 to March 2017. Here are my predictions for the winners.

Wipeout of the Year: Wilem Banks

Wilem Banks at Maverick’s – 2017 TAG Heuer Wipeout of the Year Entry – WSL Big Wave Awards

While all of the nominees are cringe-worthy, Wilem Banks’ pin drop to lip explosion at Mavericks in late January is on another level. Big wave board designs have taken a monumental leap over the past decade, with more width and thickness and fuller templates giving surfers that extra boost they need to get into watery beasts. But sometimes even the best boards can’t save you, especially when you are packing a Maverick’s monster from deep in the bowl. Wilem put in a heroic attempt, and will walk away with the consolation prize on Saturday night.

Best Tube: Shanan Worrall by White

Technically, this is a photo contest, not an award for the best big wave tube ridden all year. The winner will be the photo that best exemplifies the feeling of riding a big barrel, regardless of how long the ride actually was, or if the surfer even made the tube. One would like to think that priority would be given to paddle barrels over tow, and Dane Gudauskas’s throaty runner at Cloudbreak last May was arguably the best big paddle barrel ridden in 2016 (although far from the biggest). Connor Maguire’s paddle barrel at Mullaghmore is another obvious candidate, with its unique light and color (although it is arguably more of a pocket ride than a barrel). But the blur shot of Shanan Worrall towing The Right will likely take home the cheddar, based on size, depth in the tube, and overall composition.

Biggest Wave (tow): Francisco Porcella

Francisco Porcella at Nazaré 2 – 2017 Billabong Ride of the Year Entry – WSL Big Wave Awards

The biggest wave awards are the least subjective of the lot, as they are highly quantifiable, requiring only a measuring stick and a general agreement on where the wave’s trough begins. The overall biggest wave category is full of tow waves, and they are all massive, but word in Portugal is that Francisco’s was the biggest ever ridden at Nazare, so it will likely win.

Biggest Wave (paddle): Chris Mashburn

This one is going to be closely contested, as there are a number of entries that could theoretically win. Trevor Carlson’s beast in Portugal looks at first glance to be the biggest, but Nazare is always difficult to measure, since it’s hard to tell where the bottom of the wave. Ben Andrews’ beast at Maverick’s in November is arguably the best overall ride of the year, but foot for foot Chris Mashburn’s may just be the biggest.

Ride of the Year: Ben Andrews

Ben Andrews at Maverick’s – 2017 Billabong Ride of the Year Entry – WSL Big Wave Awards

This was a weird year for Ride of the Year, as there were no really obvious standouts. Historically, the winners over the past few years have been huge, crazy barrels at Jaws or Puerto, but there were only a couple of days at Jaws all season, and Puerto didn’t really deliver as it has in the past. Billy Kemper’s barrel during the Jaws contest was solid, but compared to previous winners it doesn’t really stack up. The same can be said for Jamie Mitchell’s high-line barrel at Puerto during the contest, and Lucas Chianca’s pocket ride at Nazare. And while Francisco’s behemoth at Nazare might be the biggest and longest wave ridden in 2016, the days of rewarding tow surfing over paddle have come and gone. Ben Andrews’ commitment on a maxed-out, doubled-up Maverick’s beast are undeniable, and the steeze with which he completed the ride sealed the deal. Ride of the Year goes to the Mavs local.

Performance of the Year (Women): Paige Alms

Paige Alms at Jaws 4 – 2017 Billabong Ride of the Year Entry – WSL Big Wave Awards

This one is a no-brainer. The only real women’s big wave session to go down this year was at the Jaws contest, where Paige and Peahi made the rest of the contestants look a bit silly. Her performance at Jaws that day won her the inaugural women’s big wave world championship, and it will win her performance of the year as well.

Performance of the Year (Men): Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell at Nazaré 3 – 2017 Billabong Ride of the Year Entry – WSL Big Wave Awards

This one is virtually impossible to call, as all of the nominees were sending it throughout the year. But this highly objective category is often affected by politics, which means that it helps to have a good public persona and a big following in the surf industry. While Twiggy won his second big wave world championship this year, it was Jamie Mitchell who stepped up on the gnarliest competitive day ever seen (at Nazare), and who put in arguably the most time chasing down bombs all over the world. Mitchell will take home the title, but the real winners will be Lucas Chianca, Trevor Carlson, and Francisco Porcella, all of whom should qualify for the 2017 Big Wave World Tour through the performance wildcard program, since the other seven nominees have all already earned their spots on tour through end of year ratings.