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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.

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In 2006 we started by getting together and holding community beach clean ups and raising funds to help families of critically ill children and fellow women surfers in Hawaii, we didn’t have a specific goal, we just wanted to help. We called our group,  Becausewesurf.

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Ali, Loke, Alanna, Colleen, Kaily, Miya, Jeannie, Billie, Danielle, Jan, after camp celebrate!

Ali, Loke, Alanna, Colleen, Kaily, Miya, Jeannie, Billie, Danielle, Jan, after camp celebrate 2013!

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’.


Nikki Van Dijk wins ASP 6-Star Pantin Classic

Nikki Van Dijk edges out Dimity Stoyle to take the win in Spain, Awesome Contest!

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 September, 2013 : – – Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 18, has won the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro, final stop on the 2013 ASP Women’s Star Tour. The Victorian surfer claims her first 6-Star event at the end of an exciting final against fellow Australian Dimity Stoyle in clean 4-5Ft surf at the iconic Praia de Pantin.

Van Dijk let nothing get in the way of her win today, consistently posting scores in the excellent range including several 9+ waves. Battling the powerful offshore winds, Van Dijk displayed commitment and radical manoeuvers on her backside.

“I feel amazing, I’m so thankful for the support I’ve had, like my sister’s coming with me,” Van Dijk stated. “I’m so happy I’ve finally done it ! I was so nervous about the whole rankings thing and it’s easy to get caught up in all that, so the previous event in France was a bit of a speedbump to my goal, but it kind of made me wake up and realize I could do it without worrying too much and just being myself.”

With this first place today in Pantin, Van Dijk officially joins the elite ASP Top17 for next season, a goal she had set herself to achieve for a long time. Having had the opportunity to surf against the World’s Best as a wildcard, she will now have the opportunity to surf a whole season amongst top athletes of our sport.

“I definitely look up to Steph Gilmore, Carissa, Sally and all of them,” Van Dijk admitted. “I cannot wait to surf against them again, I’ve been a wildcard in a couple of events but this time it’s for real !”

Malia Manuel © ASP/Lodin

Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 21, takes runner-up and an overall second place on the World Rankings for 2013, a result that automatically qualifies her for the World Championship Tour as well. After winning a 6-Star event in February, Stoyle had a consistent season and punctuates it with an excellent second place today in Galicia.

“I’m so excited, it’s been a busy year and to finish the last event of the year with a final is so great,” Stoyle said. “I got my first ever win in Newcastle earlier this year and I had to finish it off. Spain is beautiful, I’m so happy and I can’t wait for next year ! The waves were great today, we definitely scored the best conditions of the event.”

Alessa Quizon (HAW) 19, nets an equal 3rd place in Pantin consolidating her place in the Top5 of the World Rankings, synonym of a World Championship Tour inception next season. Quizon will join forces alongside other fellow Hawaiian big names Carissa Moore, Coco Ho, Alana Blanchard and Malia Manuel when the 2014 season kicks off.

“I’m a little bit tired right now, but super stoked that I’ve made it this far,” Quizon commented. “An event win is the only thing missing but hopefully next year I can change that. It all hasn’t settled in yet but I’m super excited for next year, I’ve heard that qualifying now is the best time with all the new changes in ASP and the tour.”

With a handful of new qualifiers this season, the 2014 ASP Women’s WCT promises an extraordinary talent pool from all over the World. The performance standard continues to  reach new heights every year and Quizon is looking forward to measure herself against the very best.

Alessa Quizon © ASP/Lodin

“I love that there’s new faces on tour every year, all the girls are getting better and better and everyone deserves a chance to be on tour, especially the ones that work the hardest for it,” Quizon continued. “This year was my first real attempt as the last I had absolutely no points, and I also had to deal with an injury. It’s definitely not easy, I worked super hard cause it’s been my goal to be on tour since I was a little kid.”

Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 17, places equal third as well, netting the best result of her young career. The Kauai surfer, part of the new generation of rising Hawaiian talent led by Quizon, showed huge potential throughout the week and will be a definite threat to the World’s Best in coming years.

“I’m really happy to better my last result cause I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it,” Weston-Webb said. “I really want to thank the organizers here in Pantin for a great event, I enjoyed my time here but now I’m excited to go home see my family. All the new girls that are going to get on tour are ripping so it’s going to be great watching the tour next year !”

Second and last event on the European Women’s series, the Pantin Classic Galicia Pro also crowned our new regional champion, Johanne Defay from Reunion Island. Qualified for the quarter-finals, Defay officially claimed her European Title when her good friend Justine Dupont was eliminated from the Round of 12. Already crowned European Junior Champion, Defay follows in Pauline Ado’s footsteps, the only other European to win both Open and Junior titles in the same season.

Johanne Defay © ASP/Lodin

“That’s such a surprise !” Defay said. “That wasn’t even my goal this year, I’ve been focusing on the Junior tour cause I really wanted to qualify for the World Juniors. I’m so happy to win the European title, I think my wins in the junior events have given me much confidence and I’m stoked that all my hard work paid off.”

The 2013 Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is scheduled from August 27 – September 1, 2013 in Playa de Pantin, Galicia. For all results, photos, video highlights, press releases and LIVE webcast, log on to

The Pantin Classic Galicia Pro is made possible with the support of the following event partners:  Árbol Es Vida, Vodafone Yu, Diputación de A Coruña, Xunta de Galicia, Deporte Galego, Concello de Valdoviño, Concello de Ferrol, Garnier Delial, Estrella Galicia, Cabreiroá, Surfing Latino, Novagalicia Banco, Surfer Rule, Pequot, Spotfav, RockStar Energy Drink, Carrís Hoteles, Intermax, Gadis, Concello de Cedeira, Coca-Cola, Federación Gallega de Surf amongst others.

1- Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.23
2- Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 12.47

Heat 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.07 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.10
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 17.07 def. Alessa Quizon (HAW) 12.23

Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.00 def. Georgia Fish (AUS) 12.20
Heat 2: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 15.53 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 15.10
Heat 3: Alessa Quizon (HAW) 16.90 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 12.44
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 16.50 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.16

Heat 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.97, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 13.33, Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.06, Georgia Fish (AUS) 12.27, Alizé Arnaud (FRA) 9.43
Heat 3: Pauline Ado (FRA) 17.73, Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.57, Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 14.53
Heat 4: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 15.10, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 11.76, Justine Dupont (FRA) 11.37


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Mahalo Ocean Girl Surf Camp supporters!

Some of the tremendous reef fish we love, Ocean Girls , Surfing Pros and Surfing Legends who support Ocean Girl Project!

Surfing Legends, Pros and Ocean Girls

Surfing Legends, Pros and Ocean Girls

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Honolulu Museum of Art » Surf Film Festival 2013

6th Annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival

July 6-August 1
Experience the best in new and classic surf films from the four corners of the earth at this celebration of surfing’s heritage and its ever-expanding horizons. See the festival trailer created by KITV.

See video of the July 6 opening night reception, courtesy of Kyle Metcalf/KJK Production
The evening featured Mano Kane, food from Da Spot, and KITV’s Moanike‘ala Nabarro as emcee.

Closing night reception: July 28, 6-7:30pm
Enjoy a live performance by Mano Kane, plus food from Da Spot, beer and wine for purchase. Vintage classic Gun Ho screens at 7:30pm. $15, $12 museum members, purchase online.

Festival flash pass: Includes 10 screenings, excluding the opening and closing night receptions. $90, $72 museum members, purchase online.

This one sounds especially interesting:

Directed by Justin LePera. USA, 2012, 85 mins.

Five world-class surfers travel to remote Papua New Guinea in search of undiscovered waves and end up finding more than they bargained for. Their adventure takes a turn for the tense as they encounter cannibals, discover human rights atrocities and expose an unethical mining corporation. Already being lauded as Endless Summer meets The Cove, this visually stunning film brings to light one of the least documented places on earth.

Official Selection: Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Byron Bay International Film Festival; San Diego Surf Film Festival; Newport Beach Film Festival; Maui Film Festival.

Special guest: Producer Geoff Clark will introduce their film on July 19 at 7:30pm. Director Justin LePera is unable to attend the screening as previously advertised.

View the trailer.

—screens with—

Water Warriors
Directed by Anna Jerstrom. USA, 2012, 6 mins.

In their hunt for the next wave, these girls charge the break like Amazons going to battle.


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