RUN THIS TOWN

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Posted in ALOHA SERVED DAILY on August 18th, 2009 by FITTED

Words By: Daniel Ikaika Ito

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[Respected by both sides of the island, ISA World Junior Champ Keanu Asing will represent for Town. Photo: Edwards]

When you look at the results of the Red Bull Rivals voting and the Fitted surf team riders, you can almost hear Jay-Z’s latest single, “Run This Town,” in the background.

“Feel it comin’ in the air
And the screams from everywhere
I’m addicted to the care
It’s a dangerous love affair
Can’t be scared when it goes down
Got a problem, tell me now
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who’s gonna run this town tonight…
Is who’s gonna run this town tonight…
We gonna run this town”

That’s because the popularity of the Fitted ‘Ohana – Keanu Asing, Kekoa Cazimero and Ezekiel Lau – was demonstrated with the peer poll results. Keanu Asing was the only surfer to be voted onto both teams, but is choosing to surf for the South Shore with Cazimero and Lau.

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[Ezekiel Lau is riding the momentum from his NSSA Nationals win earlier this summer. Photo: Kenworthy]

In addition, Kekoa Cazimero was the overall top-vote-getter of the poll and Town Team with 185 nods from his peers and the fans. Koa Boi is a heavily favored contender in this event because Sandy Beach is homebreak.

Red Bull Rivals is a one-day surf event pitting Oahu’s legendary shores (North Shore and South Shore) against each other. Top Surfers from each shore will battle it out in a head-to-head surf competition for ultimate island bragging rights. Besides bragging rights, teams will compete for a territory advantage in next year’s competition and the losing team has to give the winning team their surfboards (similar to “racing for pink slips”).

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[Kekoa Cazimero. Sandy Beach. Nuff said. Photo: Hodgson]

After weeks of voting, the Red Bull Rivals teams are set and preparing for the showdown between the North Shore and South Shore on Sept. 5 at Sandy Beach. The following rosters were derived from the Red Bull Rivals voting results:

We gonna run this Town tonight!
Watssup!

The Country (North Shore)
Jamie O’Brien
Kalani Robb
Pancho Sullivan
Kala Alexander
Liam McNamara
Rico Jimenez
Flynn Novak or Mason Ho (tied for votes)
John John Florence
Landon McNamara
Megan Abubo (although Coco Ho garnered the most votes she is unable to compete at Red Bull Rivals because it’s a non-sanctioned ASP event)

Town (South Shore)
Kekoa Cazimero
Jason Shibata
Joel Centeio
Jun Jo
Dustin Cuizon
Nick Mita
Sunny Garcia
Ezekiel Lau
Keanu Asing
Carissa Moore

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