SURF INTO SUMMER: Aikau Wins
This year’s Local Motion Surf Into Summer presented by Billabong, Hawaii’s pre-summer classic competition at the Ala Mona Bowl, had the distinction of actually scoring Bowl-sized waves during the 3-day wave fest. Competitors walk, bike, drive and a few even fly over from the neighbor islands out to the staging area at Ala Moana’s Magic Island, all just to get a crack at 15 minutes of wave fame with 5 other surfers in the ALWAYS packed line-up. And with the trophy and bag of surf goodies awarded to the winners it looked more like a major Christmas bonus than the champions’ prizes.
Eighty-plus surfers went after the overhead sets on Day-1 and then put their thinking caps on for the Finals in the smaller stuff. Ala Moana’s shifting wall on a southwest swell means either having a lot of patience for the set or chasing the inside bowl peak. Open Mens winner Brennan Boudreau showed a good street savvy out there against an aggressive pack of competitors. And Kiron Jabour took top junior honors, instantly snagging the only set wave that swept across in the opening seconds of his Final and then keeping calm while that high tide lull just about drove everyone batty. For the ‘future’ dog fight against Hawaii’s next-next generation, it was a verrry familiar name winning the coveted Boys division.
Ha’a Aikau won the biggest title of his young career against challenging scrappers Makai McNamara (2nd) and Ezekial Lau (3rd). In the Boys Final Joshua Moniz flew his family’s flag high by taking down his lil bro’ Seth, Ivan Florence, Kalani David, Landon McNamara and Kaulana Apo. Sister Kelia Moniz won the Girls and Missy Valdez shook ‘em up in her new Womens division outing. Over $5,000 was raised for Access Surf Hawaii, one heck of an almost-all niter party at Gordon Birsch, fantastic support from the local surf –smart business community and HEY, it’s summer AGAIN on the south shore !