HIC Pro at Sunset starts Monday surf permitting. Official qualifier for Big Vans Triple Crown!

HIC Pro 

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
27 October – 10 November

Hawaii’s pro surfers get their chance on the world stage

Surf News Network, 21 October, 2014: With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up  in Portugal, Hawaii  became the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour. The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The HIC Pro – October 27 through November 10 – is a 4-star rated event that features a field of 112 surfers and offers a total prize purse of $85,000. More than 50 per cent of the field is comprised of Hawaii surfers (58), as well as athletes from Australia (16), USA Mainland (24), Japan (6), Tahiti (2), France (1) and South America (1), plus 4 wild cards.

The HIC Pro is also an important time for surfers to fine-tune equipment and performances ahead of the famed Hawaiian winter surf season. North Shore’s own Fred Patacchia is the #1 seed for the event, returning home from Portugal in time to begin his winter campaign.

Beyond Patacchia, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).

An ASP 4star $85,000 Event 

Live webcast vans.com/hicpro 

HONOLULU – (October 21, 2014) – With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up yesterday in Portugal, Hawaii now becomes the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:

  • The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour.
  • The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The North Shore of Oahu has enjoyed a series of exciting early ‘winter’ swells in recent weeks, which bodes well for the HIC Pro! Photo credit: La Serena Media

About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations: Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes thirteen stores across Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, plus two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride! Official HIC PRO event gear: Available at www.hicsurf.com/

About Vans:

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand.  Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Vans, “Off the Wall” Since ’66




Talk Story w/ ELIA HERMAN |Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Talk Story w/ ELIA HERMAN April 30 @ 8:00 pm

When: April 30th 8pm Doors open at 6pm

Where: Surfer, The Bar

Cover: $5 Donation to the Hawaii Conservation Alliance Foundation

Elia Herman manages the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary for the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and heads DLNR’s marine protected species program, providing leadership and direction on a range of marine resource management issues. Born and raised in Honolulu, Elia studied humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins locally before gaining national experience on marine conservation issues at National Geographic, as a Legislative Fellow to U.S. Representative Lois Capps, and as manager of the Global Conservation Initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts. Elia earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University.



Date: April 30, 2014

Time: 8:00 pm

Venue: Turtle Bay Resort

Phone: 808-293-6000

57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731 United States

Organizer- Turtle Bay Resort

Phone: 808-293-6000

via | Talk Story w/ ELIA HERMAN | Discover Oahu’s North Shore – Surfing, snorkeling, hiking and much more.

The Grip of the Rip | Ocean Girl Project| Ocean News | Rip Currents

Rip Currents // Hawaii

Rip Currents // Hawaii

What is a rip current?

Rip currents are channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They generally begin from the shoreline and head through the surf zone – past the line of breaking waves. Some people mistakenly call this undertow. It is important to understand that there is no undertow, just water moving away from the beach.

How do rip currents form?

Rip currents are created by wind and waves. Waves that break over shallow sandbars and reefs push water towards the shore. Water builds up near shore and must get back out to sea. This pressure creates concentrated rivers of water to move away from the beach to calmer deeper water. The water forced away from shore is otherwise known as a rip current.

rip current

How to spot a rip current:

Look for waves breaking over shallow reefs and/or sandbars. Then look for deeper channel(s) without waves breaking. This is where water will be moving away from shore. Rip currents will look similar to a moving river with little chops breaking against the flow of water. The bigger the breaking waves, the more water trapped, the stronger the rip.  LOOK FOR STRONG CURRENT BEACH SIGNS! Check your local forecast.

Exercise caution if you see the following:

  • a channel of churning, choppy water
  • an area with a noticeable difference in color
  • a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea
  • and/or a break in the incoming wave pattern

If you get caught in one:

  • Don’t Fight The Rip Current – Conserve energy, keep calm, float, breathe, don’t panic, and wave for help
  • Go With The Flow – You can easily float in the current, there is no undertow. Allow the current to take you away from the beach. In weaker rips, swim parallel to the shore until the current has completely relaxed. Otherwise, the current will eventually release you offshore. Once this happens swim perpendicular then at an angle and towards the beach
  • Wait For Help – If there is large surf or shoreline hazards, wave your hands for help and wait for assistance

If you see someone caught in a rip current, DO NOT try to rescue them yourself, instead:

  • Get a lifeguard or call 911.
  • Yell instructions to remain calm.
  • If possible, throw a life preserver or floatation device.
  • Try to keep a visual until help arrives.

These things may help you save a life.

The ocean is a source of fun and excitement, but always be aware and careful of hazards that exist. Only swim at lifeguard protected beaches. Before your next trip to the beach, know how to spot a rip current and how to break the grip of the rip.

Did you know?

About one person, on average, annually in the United States will die from a shark bite. 100+ people drown in rip currents each year.

via The Grip of the Rip | Ocean News | Ocean Today.

Gerr, Ho, Kaipo & Sunny confirmed for ‘Legends’ North Shore Reef Hawaiian Pro


Sunny Garcia still rippin at 43 © ASP/Cestari

Reef Hawaiian Pro

12 – 23 November 2013

Reef Clash of the Legends names four finalists

Global Surf News, 31 October, 2013 : – – As the North Shore of Oahu readies for the Triple Crown of Surfing season, Reef announces that Kaipo Jaquias, Brad Gerlach, and Michael Ho will be competing with defending champ, Sunny Garcia in the Reef Clash of the Legends at the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, Nov 12-23.

The Reef Clash of the Legends is a specialty event that runs in conjunction with the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first jewel of the Van\’s Triple Crown. This year, Reef let the fans decide which legendary surfers would compete in these historic heats. After the first round of voting that ran until October 14, the field was narrowed to Gerlach, Jaquias, Ho, Mark Occhilupo (AUS) Matt Archbold (CA), and Tom Curren (CA.)

\”We are proud to announce the public\’s voice in who will join Sunny in this prestigious event,\” said Reef\’s Global Ambassador and Events Manager, Shea Perkins, \”Glorifying who paved the way for the surfing world\’s elite is such an honor for Reef.\”

Jaquias, 42, is a regular foot from Kauai who surfed the ASP World Tour for ten years, winning the Hawaiian Triple Crown in 1996. He has recently rediscovered his competitive drive, helping the Hawaiians win two Gold Medals in a row at the ISA World Masters.

Gerlach, 48, a native of Encinitas, has had one of surfing\’s most interesting careers. He joined the ASP World Tour and after several years of competing, finished second in the world in 1991. He later came back into surfing\’s spotlight by towing into huge waves like Cortes Bank off the West Coast and developed the National Surf League.

Micheal Ho, 56, is one of the first names in the history books when it comes to Backdoor and Pipeline. He is a two-time winner of the Triple Crown and famously won the Pipe Masters in 1982 with a broken wrist. His two children, Mason and Coco are both professional surfers.

Because of his current status as Clash of the Legends champ, Sunny Garcia, 43 was granted an automatic entry into the 2013 event. Raised on Oahu\’s West Side, Garcia came on the scene in 1986 with a win over Tom Carroll at the Gotcha Pro at Sandy Beach. Garcia won six Triple Crown titles and the ASP World Title in 2000. He continues to be a force each Hawaiian season at 43 years old.

Reef\’s Hawaiian Clash of the Legends began in 2010 when Sunny Garcia bested Curren, Occhilupo and Tom Carroll for the win. In 2011, Ross Williams won the Clash of the Legends Momentum Generation Edition over Reef\’s style guru Rob Machado and big wave pioneer Shane Dorian, as well as Kalani Robb. Garcia once again claimed the Clash in 2012 against 80s counterparts Curren, Occhilupo and Jaquias.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro, slated for November 12-23 at Alii Beach Park in the town of Haleiwa on the North Shore of Hawaii, is an Association of Surfing Professionals PRIME event, which will have a critical outcome for surfers looking to qualify for the elite 2014 ASP World Tour. The Reef Hawaiian Pro also offers a $250,000 purse.


Source: Vans

via Gerr, Ho, Kaipo & Sunny confirmed for ‘Legends’.

Duckdiving under Hawaiian waves, learn how to do it!

Allie Brown duck diving beneath the Hawaiian waves, Sarah Lee/Caters News

Duckdiving;  What is it and How to Do it

Below are some duckdive basics, and a reminder to every surfer that successful maneuvers happen when you truly relax. As my friend, pro surfer Nancy Emerson says, learning to relax is the key to successful surfing and I totally agree.

Duckdiving Techniques & Tips

What exactly is a duckdive?? I think the best way to understand a duckdive is by going for a swim in the ocean. Go for it, just you and the breaking waves, no board, nothing else. Swim out and dive under a wave, be mindful of what you are doing and how.

Hopefully it goes something like this, you start by taking a nice big breath then pointing your head and arms down and dive down underneath the wave. As the foamy white water rolls overhead, you stay generally parallel to the surface. Once the white water rolls past, you angle back up to the surface. It is a natural movement, instinctually led from the front: arms, head and shoulders guide your way to the top.

Amazing and not all that complicated. A duckdive is really just an ordinary swimmer’s dive, except you take your favorite surfboard with you under the waves. Speaking of boards, an essential ingredient to being able to duckdive is board familiarity. You need to know how deep your board sinks, the boards balance or lack of underneath the ocean, and ways to get it underwater quicker.

A neat way to do this is start by experiment and practice in tranquil ocean water. Paddle hard, grip your board strong/hard, dive down, and push to resurface.  Repeat.

Timing is important and so is fast pace; in order to duckdive effectively you need to be quick and have forward momentum, this means strong and steady paddling until the last moment. After a while, you can paddle out to breaking waves and begin to practice your technique and being able to relax.

Basic duckdiving formula : Paddle toward the waves, steady, strong and fast. Before the wave hits, allow time to push the board underwater, nose down and forcefully forward. Use both hands on the rail a few feet back from the nose, and brace a knee on the deck, wherever knee naturally works. This will not work just pushing down the nose; if the tail is sticking up, it can drag you backwards.

As the wave passes overhead, bring your upper body weight back, letting the nose rise. The downward pressure of the wave energy by now is pushing on the tail, and should help this all to happen naturally. As you burst forth back to the surface, the natural buoyancy of your board will pop up. You want to start paddling straight away, you need momentum, there may be more waves.

‘No Hesitate’

Duckdiving is a confident and aggressive surf move. Approach it with assurance and power; paddle strong and quick, as in you really mean it.. Beginner surfers especially tend to stop paddling too early. This leaves you without momentum and exposed to the pounding of the waves breaking energy, not much fun and in bigger surf, dangerous.

Afraid? Me too some days. I believe in fear, I hug it and invite it to stay. It is clean, honest and what makes us all so dang brave and courageous. Fear is real and a gargantuan motivator in my life.

More importantly it reminds me of what I think is so important in surfing, No Hesitation!!!

Practice, get tired then get better, make that commitment, no hesitate, charge, smile, remember to be grateful and kind and you always be the most successful and happiest surfer in the lineup!

There are numerous sources that helped with their surf-duckdiving expertise for this article..Mahalo Surfline, Kidzworld, true Surfer Girl-Sanoe Lake, Ocean Girl Project surf girls and mermaids and ducking expert Nick Carroll. Any misfires and/or bad editing is mine! We are honored and grateful to share your experience and knowledge w/ young surfer girls and people everywhere!

Sea ya under the sea~! Colleen


Hall Of Shane: Mr. Dorian to be inducted

Hall Of Shane: Mr. Dorian to be inducted

Shane Dorian : Image courtesy MKM

Team Updates

Shane Dorian follows XXL win with induction into Surfers’ Hall of Fame

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 June, 2013 : – – Shane Patrick Dorian has accomplished much as a waterman in his 40 years; from winning a Hawaiian state title and pushing the paddle-in limits on the North Shore’s outer reefs to contending for world titles, capturing prestigious big wave awards and staring in major motion pictures.

For his myriad achievements, Dorian joins fellow surfers Skip Frye and Rick “Rockin Fig” Fignetti as an inductee into the 2013 class of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame on Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport.

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.  Visit http://hsssurf.com/shof for more information.

A fearless surfer from Hawaii’s Big Island, Shane’s lengthy resume of accomplishments includes costarring in the 1998 big-wave melodrama In God’s Hands, winning the 1999 Rip Curl Bells and 2000 Billabong Pro Mundaka World Tour events, and a top 5 ASP ranking in 2000.  The wiry (5’8”, 150 pounds) Dorian was a leading “New School” aerialist in the early ‘90s, since the middle ‘90s has been one of the world’s best big-wave riders taking top prize in the 2008 and 2013 XXL Global Big Wave awards, and is a tube rider of phenomenal agility and precision.

Shane Dorian was born on July 19, 1972 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii to his father Patrick, a former Hollywood actor and stunt double for Elvis Presley, and his mother Susan, an independent, strong-willed woman who went on to compete in female bodybuilding events.  When Shane was three, his parents opened a restaurant called Dorian’s right on the beach.

Since Dorian was too young to wait tables, the long hours hanging around the restaurant soon forced him to turn to the ocean for amusement.  Along with best friend Mike Stewart, he virtually lived at the once-empty grommet breeding pool known as Banyans…on bodyboards.

Shane began surfing at age five in 1977; it took him six years to win his first contest, then another three to win the Hawaiian State titles.  Surfing education became a top priority as Dorian’s mother worked out a system where Shane would spend the second and third school quarters on the North Shore of Oahu (the peak winter season) and the first and fourth quarters back home on the Big Island.  “The schools didn’t really understand it,” said Shane.  “But I don’t blame ’em. The concept of pro surfing was so foreign to them back then.”

Dorian’s official coming-out party was during the Gotcha Pro at Sandy Beach in 1987.  He beat out big names, made it through four rounds and got some media exposure.  More importantly, he became friends with a couple of the heaviest up-and-coming surfers on Oahu, Brock Little and Todd Chesser.  With Little and Chesser leading the way and Dorian following, an informal North Shore boot camp was instated.

Shane proved in the following years he could not only keep up with the big boys but also surpass them.  But in ’92, with a few years of heavywater experience under his belt, he followed Chesser and Little out to an outer reef during an exceptionally giant day.

“It took us, like, 45 minutes to get out there. And then when we did, we were facing these 25-foot waves with crazy cleanup sets.  I sat outside those guys for a while, but then I started getting pissed when they caught a bunch of waves,” Dorian recalls.

“About that time, the horizon went dark from this huge set and we started scratching.  I was too deep, but I wanted a wave so bad that I just flipped around and went on the first one.”  Shane launched over the falls, lost consciousness and then regained consciousness to find he could not feel his legs and was foaming at the mouth.  “I barely made it through that one, but it was a major turning point for me. As Brock said, it was the first time I realized that I was mortal.”

When he wasn’t tempting fate, Dorian engaged in much safer activities like charging Backdoor.  Surfing alongside a rapidly growing crew that included Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Chris Malloy, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley and Conan Hayes, Dorian helped launch a new breed of surfing that included a whole bag of anti-gravity tricks combined with traditional carving and heavy-wave charging.

Dubbed the “New School” and well documented in Taylor Steele’s videos, the New School remained the established surfing order through the 90s.

Dorian joined the ASP World Tour in 1993 where he hovered outside of the top 10 for a number of years before cracking the barrier with a fourth-place finish in 2000.  Popular among surfers and fans, Shane finished runner-up to Kelly Slater in the 2000 Surfer Magazine Readers Poll Awards and finished 2nd in the prestigious 2001 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave contest.

Shane received the coveted “Waterman of the Year” award from SIMA in 2012, one of the sport’s highest honors.  Earlier this year, Shane Dorian went home with two awards for an unbelievable barrel ride at Jaws earlier this season, winning $55,000 for the Pacifico Tube and Billabong XXL Ride of The Year.

“Shane Dorian is one of the most famous and gifted Big Wave Surfers on the Planet and a true Surfing Legend,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai!  “Shane continues to inspire generations of Surfers.  We are stoked to be able to thank Shane Dorian for his achievements and contributions to our Surfing World and are happy and excited that he will be here for his induction into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame!”

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 travel to Huntington Beach’s downtown area and 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, Rob Machado and Rabbit Kekai, who are already immortalized in cement.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge.


Source: MKM

Author: Jennifer Hernandez

Tags: Surfers’ Hall of Fame, Shane Dorian, Surf Culture

Team: Surfersvillage

Hall Of Shane: Mr. Dorian to be inducted.


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