Bruddah Cliff (@cliff_kapono) — surfer | scientist | journalist ... Stab magazine environmental survey results from surfers👇🏾
It was an honor to be able to surf what I humbly believe is one of the most powerful technologies to be implemented over the last decade. Not just for surfing, but for also studying, experimenting and educating millions about energy transfer and resource management. You see, for a surfer, the ride is not the only resource with value, but it is perhaps the most sought out. Many factors all come in to play for an individual to successfully capture the ride of their life. Often times the tragedy of commons prevents us from seeing that sometimes we don’t have to go tooth and nail with others to achieve this. There is ample energy to share and with a little creativity we can properly manage a finite resource with the spirit of aloha. You have something really special here @kellyslater, mahalo nui. And a huge MAHALO to the @playingbigger team and amazing individuals at @savethewavescoalition for helping perpetuate the culture of heʻe nalu. #poolparty 🎶 @nash.howe
It was 3pm and the women of the @wsl@thebeachwaver pro were enjoying what some have said to be the best waves at Honolua bay all year. With the contest being held exclusively at one section of the point, a few breaks were still “open” to surf. I decided to slip down the cliff and slide a lesser popular wave with some of the locals. The usual suspects were out, a few contestants, but there was one person who I was curious about. His surfing seemed familiar, but I didn’t recognize his face. His turns, the hand placements on his waves, and the way he kicked out, in my humble opinion, some of the best if not the best surfing I’ve seen at the bay. Being quite the surf nerd, it bothered me that I couldn’t recognize him. How can I not know who this guy is, I thought. I smiled and said hello and hoped he wouldn’t catch me staring at him desperately trying to figure out who he was. After a while, I stopped wondering and simply watched. Taking mental notes on the lines he was drawing on the open canvas known simply as “the point.” Later that evening I asked a friend if he knew who that haole guy ripping out there. “Brah, that’s Luke Egan.” A bit embarrassed I laughed and it all made perfect sense. Billabong Framelines, The Freeway, Bunyip Dreaming, Green Iguana, and The Billabong Challenge. I’ve been studying the way he surfed in all of his films since I was 13. Later that night I streamed a few of the old Billabong flicks just for fun. They were just as good as I remember, after that day, maybe a little better.
It was an absolute honor to stand among such amazing individuals at the @surfrideroahu 16th annual John Kelly awards. When I think about what this award means to me, it is not just an accomplishment, but also a reminder that there is so much work to be done. John Kelly was a key conservation asset to our islands with accomplishments that spanned reinventing big wave surfboard designs to preventing the construction of offshore reef-landing strips. With a peer group that included surf legends like George Downing and Wally Froiseth, John was also one of the greatest watermen that Hawaiʻi ever produced. John’s legacy has inspired me to understand that the work never really ends, but can become much more meaningful over time. I know the decision to select recipients of such an incredible award must have not been easy as right now I can think of at least a dozen people in Hawaiʻi who equally, if not more, deserve it. And in that light, I would like to dedicate the “Waterperson of the Year Award” to the millions of people across our oceans who spend even the littlest bit of time everyday helping to protect the place we call home. Me ka haʻahaʻa, mahalo nui. @hicsurf@accessurf_hawaii#chipfletcher
Only a few days left to enter the #endangeredwaves challenge. By downloading the @savethewavescoalition app and uploading a beach in need, you can win cool prizes and also $5000 for your own personal beach cleanup party. I would argue that it’s not only dirty beaches that qualify, but rivers too. It’s all connected so let’s get the river surfing fam involved. Why stop there? Any pow parks need some help? Let’s not make @savethewavescoalition job of selecting a winner too easy! 📷 @kneelskeez#anywherealoha#creatorsandinnovators#protecttheplacesyoulove
Nearly 50 years ago, an unlikely surfboard design was first introduced to the world by 1970 US kneeboarding champion Steve Lis. Developed, tested and refined in Southern Californian waters, “The Fish” would eventually travel the globe and even make its way into the hands of international surf stars like Dane Kealoha, Mark Richards, and Shaun Thompson. So many years and countless reiterations later, twin fin enthusiasts like @asher_pacey, Dave Rastovich, and Torren Martyn continue to explore how powerful this timeless design really is. It was an absolute pleasure to recently pay hommage to the craft with @cisurfboards new #cifish in #spinetek which uses #ecoboard technology. 5’8” x 20 1/2” x 2 5/16” 31.25 L Photo: @thesaltygiant_#anywherealoha#creatorsandinnovators