Like almost all of history’s great rivalries, the battle began with an intense game of rock-paper-scissors. On the surface, the relationship between the North Shore and Town may seem cordial, but with the opposing team’s quiver and a whole mess of bragging rights on the line, the atmosphere at this year’s Red Bull Rivals at Sandy Beach was anything but.
Both sides of the islands have wielded an arsenal of surfing’s heavy hitters in the past, but how would they stack up against each other? A few gallons of Red Bull later, both sides had ripped through the event, leading to dead tie by the 12th matchup. And with just two heats left, Town narrowly edged out Country for the victory in front of a swelling crowd.
As has become tradition, the boards were donated to the Surfrider Foundation for charity. The bragging rights, well, the Town team kept those for themselves.
Ten surfers for each team were chosen by online voting and each team had at least one girl and two groms (17 or under). The teams voted for the person they wanted to serve as their team captain. A “ringer” was allowed on each team and did not have to be disclosed until day of competition; the “ringer” could have been a surfer from anywhere in the world.
Ezekiel Lau – South Shore
Jamie O’Brien – North Shore
Jun Jo – South Shore
Jamie O’Brien (Captain)
Kai Lenny (Ringer)
Jesse Merle Jones
Jun Jo (Captain)
Brian Pacheco (Ringer)