Well, here we are again. On the beautiful "North Shore Of Oahu." Where girls judge you by your surfing status and where Reef McIntosh will leave you crying on the beach because of the wave he just caught
. Happens every time, I'll put money on it.
As this winter has been probably the worst one for waves ever, there has still been plenty going on. First off, The Rell Sunn Menehune. When I showed up on the final day there were perfect 2-3ft waves pouring through Makaha. This contest had some of the best 12 and under surfing I've ever seen in my life. Big props to Quiksilver team riders Cody Young (3rd) and Ryder Guest (4th) for making the final, and congratulations to Finn Migill for scoring a 9.5 and a perfect 10 to stop the final.
The Eddie ceremony was a great turnout. A lot of people, great vibes, insane food and, a majority of the invitees showed up. Although Quiksilver's Peter Mel wasn't there, his son John was on hand to represent the family. Thanks to all that showed and prey for surf so this thing will run this year!!!
Away from the ocean, every year all the surfers on the north shore give back to the kids of sunset elementary. "Surf Night" is an event where all the biggest pros sit in a row and sign posters for all the young up and comers. Sponsors donate product prize packs for raffle and kids go home with posters and all of there favorite surfers autographs. It's awesome to see how starstruck all these kids were. Really an experience!
Another great event that took place outside the ocean was the Quiksilver signing with NEX in Pearl Harbor. This is when Quiksilver and the team riders give back to the men and women in uniform. This years signing included the two time world champ Tom Carroll and the HI Big Wave Legend Mark Healey. The boys signed this years Eddie Aikau event poster and past out this years sticker to the packed crew on tap. Epic event!
Well, this winter is well on it's way. Every surfer from everywhere in the whole world that thinks they're anything is here. As the Sunset Beach World Cup finished yesterday and the Pipe Masters waiting period right around the corner, the sand has shifted and there looks like there's a insane WNW on the way. Stay tuned for photos and the writeup of Winter Update #2!
-- Tyler Newton