JAMIE O’BRIEN, DA HUI BACKDOOR CHAMP
Gotta do a big shout out to the Pipeline master and Red Bull surfer Jamie O’Brien who topped the point total to win the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout! O’Brien was definitely masterful through all heats of the nearly perfect Pipeline surf for the entire event. This was sweet as last year he placed second in the event behind Koa Rothman. This year he won the $40,000. He is gonna need it to pay off that new house at Pipe!! Congrats to JOB and the entire crew for a great spectator event! 1st Place Jamie O’Brian 2nd Place Seth Moniz 3rd Place Keito Matsuoka 4th Place Balaram Stack 5th Place Mason Ho Top Team Da Hui Wax 1
WORLD CHAMP FINN MCGILL WINS FIRST JUNIOR EVENT IN 2018 SEASON
Fresh off of winning the World Junior title the North Shore’s Finn McGill wins the first event of 2018. “I don’t feel much pressure, I am just not like that,” he said during the event after a last minute win in the first round. “Defiantly people are expecting me to do well but I just have fun. I had a tough year, I had an injury to my ankle so winning that title was great…it gave me a lot of confidence coming into the new season and I’m really stoked about it… I want to be in the top 75 at the end of this year on the QS. I also want to win the junior region really bad.” It was Finn’s first ever win at Sunset Beach and with renewed inspiration after rehabbing that broken ankle he is destined to stay on track. In the Women’s division Kauai’s Gabriela Bryan took top honors. She was a stand out in the 4-6 foot surf catching most of the biggest waves of the day. “I’m super happy, this has been one of my goals for a while now, to win a Pro Junior, and for it to be at Sunset is just amazing,” said Bryan after the awards presentation. For more info, World Surfing League.com.
KAI SALLAS OF WAIKIKI BRINGS HOME THE LONGBOARD GOLD
Born and bred on the shores of Waikiki Sallas made the beach boys proud. Son of one of the original guardians of the shores of Honolulu Sallas brought home the Gold medal from the International Surfing Associations’s Longboard World Title competition in China. “This is for Hawaii,” he said on the podium. “I feel good, I have been here seven times and it feels good to win against the guys.” Sallas was living on the nose the whole week. Surf was pretty small but hanging ten was where the points were and his smooth seamless surfing was not to be ignored. Sallas added up the highest overall scores through most of his heats and nothing changed it the final. He totaled a 19.04, well above the field in the final. It was a Peruvian surfer, Benoit Clemente behind with a 16.73 to take second place. The North Shore stand out long boarder and current WSL World Champion Honolua Blomfield took home a third place and the bronze medal. The ISA is the governing body that has worked hard to bring surfing into the Olympics in 2020!
FACEBOOK TO STREAM LIVE WSL EVENTS IN 2018 & 2019
The World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook announced a historic partnership that makes the social media platform the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019. This includes all elite Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships. When recently analyzed in late 2017 by Sports Business Journal and third-party social measurement company Hookit, the WSL ranked in the top 3 sports leagues in the world in social engagement, alongside the NFL and NBA. More than 13.9 million people watched a World Surf League event on Facebook in 2017 and they came from countries all over the world. The top three countries in terms of unique viewers were in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.
ACCESSURF ADAPTIVE SURF TEAM REPRESENTS IN CALIFORNIA
Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team placed 5th in the world as a team at the 2017 ISA World Surfing Championships. In addition to the team standing they proudly brought home 2 Gold, 1 Silver,1 Bronze and 2 Cooper medals in the individual divisions. The Hawaii Adaptive Surf Team represented with a team of 10 surfers. The 2017 ISA (International Surfing Association) World Adaptive Surfing Championships was held in La Jolla Shores CA. Surfers with disabilities from 26 nations competed in the 4 day competition. This was a historical event as this year marked the first for the ISA to include Women’s divisions. Hawaii won 4 medals in the Women’s divisions including 2 Gold medals. Congrats! They are always looking for volunteers to help out! Go to their web site accessurf.org for info. Congratulations to our Hawaii Team! Individuals Medals: Ann Yoshida, 1st Women’s AS4 Division Ava Heller, 1st Women’s AS5 Divison Meira Durate Va’s, 2nd Women’s AS Division Darian Haynes, 3rd, Women’s AS1 Division Rich Julian, 4th Open AS3 Division Colin Cook, 4th Open AS2 Division