Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 by

Town Over Country
The South Shore Team Wins Red Bull Rivals
By Daniel Ikaika Ito
Photos By: Zak Noyle

[Keanu Asing was the only surfer voted on to both teams by the fans. Luckily for the South Shore, Asing decided to punt big airs for the Town team.]

The South Shore team represented at Sandy Beach by winning the Red Bull Rivals and edging out the North Shore on Saturday. This event was an invite-only pro surf contest that looked more like a Labor Day beach party; Brazilian-bikini-clad booties lined the shore. Red Bull guzzling groms pounded cans of carbonated beverages under the big, blue tent. DJ’s spun the latest jams, including several leaked tracks from Jay-Z’s unrealeased album Blue Print 3. BBQs fired up in the parking lot. The pro surfers flared up in the 2-foot, shifty wedges.

An east swell provided contestable, shoulder high peaks for the both squads across the treacherously shallow Half Point reef. This wave is a notoriously, tricky surf break with late takeoffs and sketchy sections over coral heads, but it couldn’t stop the Town team from edging out The Country 17-15.



Friday, September 4th, 2009 by

Team South Shore getting warmed up for the Red Bull Rivals this Saturday.








[All Photos By: Zak Noyle]


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 by

Words By: Daniel Ikaika Ito


[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.