TUFF BALDY

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 by


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C.R.E.A.M.

Monday, July 18th, 2011 by

TALKING ABOUT EZEKIEL LAU

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by

By Daniel Ikaika Ito/Contrastmagazine.com
Photo Credit: Free Surf Magazine

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Itʻs Aloha Friday at Kewalo Basin and Iʻm being interviewed about Ezekiel Lau. The 17-year-old is on the Native Hawaian News show, Ahai Olelo Ka Ola’s list of kanaka maoli to watch in 2011. We are at “Zekeʻs” homebreak– the wave that shaped Lauʻs surfing. Itʻs a reefbreak with a rippable left that corners into the jetty and a racy-right hander over shallow coral heads. The right is Zekeʻs launch pad where he dialed his aerial attack. This wave is the training grounds for the current crop of surfing talent from Hawai‘i. Surfers like Carissa Moore, Nelson Ahina, Keanu Asing and the Moniz kids grew up shredding here with Lau.

“Ezekiel Lau is like the Hawaiian Jordy Smith,” I tell the cute, Hawaiian reporter. Smith– a World Tour surfer from South Africa– posses a technical-repertoire of airs (ie. Superman and Rodeo Flip) with powerful-tail-blowing turns. Lau– an amateur surfer from Honolulu– possess a growing-repertoire of airs (ie. Superman and still working on the Rodeo Flip) with tail-blowing turns that are accentuated with classic, Hawaiian power.

Yes, I’m very bias, which is the reason I was asked to talk about Zeke. I am a surf team coach for Kamehameha Schools, and Lau, who is a junior, is our star-surfer-athlete. In some respects, Lau is to the Kamehameha surf team what Tim Tebow was to Florida Gator football. Sans Tebow’s missionary family and creepy anti-abortion commercial.

The shcool administration, and TV show interiviewning me, are well aware of Lau’s talent and value. But, Zeke’s budding surf career and school policy don’t always mesh well.

During the Vans presents the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach last November, there was a miscommunication with Lau and Kamehameha. Zeke competeed in the 4-Star Association of Surfing Professionals Qualifying Series event, but failed to alert the KS administration early enough.

“Pretty much had a little controversy with school– missing school,” said Zeke to me at the Volcom Pipe Pro last month. “I didn’t let (the administration) know that I was missing school in time so I had some trouble from that.”

As a result of the Sunset comp, the administration dropped Zeke two-letter grades in all of his classes. Kamehameha policy dictates that a student recieves one-letter grade drop for every day cut. Although this infuriated me– as a surf coach, Kamehameha alum, journalist and surfer– I didn’t realize that something positive would come from this.

“We talked to the principal and they worked with us more and we need to just let them know earlier that I’m going to be in the event,” said Zeke. “We had it covered for the (Volcom Pipe Pro) so they let me go. It made me more on top of my school work. If anything it kept me more focused on what I have to do.”

I was baffled that a teenager was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel while I was still punching the walls in the darkness. Zeke’s maturity and outlook on the future is what impresses me more than his mind-blowing-modern approach to waves. Surfing and school seldom see eye-to-eye, which is why so many parents are putting their super groms into home school. They want to avoid the hassels and limitations of traditional school to allow their kids to elevate their wave riding and pro career opportuinities.

“It’s kind of hard to keep my focus on the contest and school, but if I keep my focus in school it will help me keep my concentration on what I need to do for the contest,” said Lau.

While attending Kamehameha School will always be a privelage, more often than not it’s a sacrifice for Zeke and his fledgeling career.

“I can’t travel that much because of school so to have an event like this to get my name out is great,” said Lau of the Volcom Pipe Pro.

Zeke is no stranger to sacrifice. He wakes up before sunrise three times a week to run, swim and train before school with Kimo Middlesworth, Kekoa Cazimero, Nick Mita, Sean Moody, Joel Centeio and Ryan Kelly. Then Zeke goes to school. There’s no other kids his age around the surf world putting in that much work.

So when the pretty, reporter asks me, “Does Ezekiel Lau have what it takes to be a world champion of surfing?” I emphatically reply, “Most definitely! Zeke posses the pyhsical attributes of a world champ, but more importantly, has the willingness to sacrifice and the mental fortitude to be a world champion.”

FITTED SURF PACK: VIDEO RELEASE COVERAGE

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by


Video footage courtesy: Kaz Sano / Novus Swell

FITTED Hawaii released their limited edition “Surf Pack” recently. The “Surf Pack” consists of 3 hats designed by FITTED riders: Keanu Asing, Nelson Ahina, and Ezekiel Lau. These hats are super limited, only 30 hats of each design were made. I went to FITTED with Zeke on the release day to find 30+ people waiting outside before the store was open. The “Surf Pack” were sold out in little over 30 minutes!

SURF PACK x 6 TANK TOPS

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 by

Releasing Saturday, July 31. All hats are limited to 30 pieces.


Ezekiel Lau’s custom Kamehameha

Ezekiel Lau bleeds blue and silver. The Kamehameha Schoolʻs colors runs through the 16-year-oldʻs veins. Lau recently returned from Southern California where he represented for his school and ‘āina. Lau led the Kamehameha Surf Team at the National Scholastic of Surfing Association Nationals Championships at Huntington Beach, winning the High School Varsity Mens title and helping the team to a 7th place overall finish. Individually, he also won the NSSA Explorer Mens championship. This was the first year that Kamehameha Surf Team competed at NSSA Nationals and they were the only school from Hawai‘i competing this year. Lau also placed third in the 18-and under division at the Surfing National Championships held at Lower Trestles in San Clemente. He followed up those Californian results with a Rip Curl Grom Search 16-and under victory, qualifying the 6-foot, Native Hawaiian for the Rip Curl National Championships. Lauʻs signature, limited-edition Kamehameha New Era reflects the pride he has for Kamehameha and being a Native Hawaiian with its royal blue and silver color way.

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REPRESENT

Monday, January 25th, 2010 by

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[Hawaii Verizon Team]

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[Alyssa Cuizon]

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[Keanu Asing]

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[Ezekiel & crew]

Congrats to our ‘ohana / team riders Ezekiel Lau and Keanu Asing representing Fitted and Hawai’i for the ISA Junior World Surfing Championships. Keanu Asing eliminated USA team rider Conner Coffin who held the #1 spot at the Piha event yesterday, while Ezekiel Lau scored a 6.0, clutching first place during his 20 minutes of shine. For more info on the event, click here and here. Big shoutout to Rainos Hayes and the entire Verizon Wireless Hawaii Junior World Team.

RUN THIS TOWN

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 by

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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RED BULL RIVALS: PLEASE VOTE! TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!! PLEASE SUPPORT!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 by

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The Red Bull Rivals one day surf event goes down Saturday, Sept. 5th at Sandys and will pit the North Shore vs the South Shore, bringing some of the greatest local rivalries from all across the island into one focal point. Contestants will be competing for each others surfboards (sort of like racing for pink slips) as well as territory advantage for the following year’s competition. For further information and rules / regulations, please visit this link and while you’re there, please vote for our team riders: Keanu Asing, Ezekiel Lau, Nelson Ahina and Kekoa Cazimero. Mahalo for your support!