- 09 December 2009 | Surfing
With a building El Niño weather condition, surfers throughout the Hawaiian Islands have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of extra-large surf -- and over the last two days the Pacific Ocean delivered the biggest waves seen there in years. At famous breaks like Waimea Bay on Oahu and Jaws in Maui, the world's top big wave riders challenged the mammoth swell, spawned by an intense low pressure system which formed northwest of the Islands over the weekend.
At Waimea Bay, thousands of spectators jammed traffic on Kamehameha Highway as locals and tourists alike stopped to see surfers paddling in to towering 30 to 40 foot breakers on a gray and ominous day. Meanwhile, big wave riders and onlookers in Maui were treated to a beautiful sunny day with even larger surf, well suited to tow-in surfing using jet-powered watercraft in waves reaching the 50-foot mark.
Sean Collins, head forecaster for Surfline.com, said this swell ranks in the top five biggest ever experienced on Oahu's North Shore, comparable to historic El Niño-fueled episodes in 1998 and 1969.
- 09 December 2009 | Surfing
After 25 years with most of those spent waiting, Waimea Bay delivered an event of legendary proportions today at the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, Fueled by Monster Energy. It was 25 years to the day since the first "Eddie" was held and waves of up to 50 feet poured in to Oahu’s North Shore as if on cue. With younger brother Clyde still in the lineup, at age 60, joined by the contemporary top guns of big wave riding, a packed arena celebrated every gutsy ride in brilliant sunshine befitting of a tribute to local hero Eddie Aikau.
When all was said and done, it was California’s Greg Long, 26, (San Clemente) who made a late charge in the final heat of the day to claim the $55,000 winner’s purse. Long committed to an unbelievable never-say-die attack, securing all four of his top scores - several of them death-defying and one of them a perfect 100-point ride, in macking 40- to 50-foot waves. It was the high point of his career to-date - pretty incredible given that he only rode Waimea for the first time this week.
- 08 December 2009 | Surfing
Dressed up with their Olympic National outfits the 36 surfers that will participate in the first edition of the South American Beach Games arrived today in Uruguay.
They’re looking forward to the medals and the honor of participating in this historic first South American Beach Games that will be held from December 9 to 13 in the waves of Montoya, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will compete with strong full teams looking forward to win the medals in the following four divisions: Open Men, Open Women, Aloha Cup (Tag Team) and Air Show.
Some big surfing names will be participating in the Games. This include ISA Junior World Champions Jadson André and Alejo Muniz from Brazil; Latin American Champions Martín Passeri from Argentina, Francisco Bellorín and Rafael Pereira both from Venezuela, along with Pan American Champions Javier Swayne and Gabriel Aramburu from Peru.