Hobie Surf :: Hobie Shop Team Rider, Ethan Mudge, On the Swells!

 

Swells have been nonstop so far for the Summer of 2016!! And, they are set to keep coming! Here is Ethan Mudge on one of smaller days at San Onofre in late June! Video is shot and edited by Eric Harrington of SanO Boardriding!! Enjoy!!

 

Hobie Shop :: DLSA Menehune Surf Contest Recap

The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association (DLSA) annual “Menehune Surf Contest” took to the waters of Doheny over this past weekend for the 20th time!! And, more importantly, conditions were EPIC!! 

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Solid Lineup of Boards for The Hobie Shop Team

 

The Menehune contest runs as a one day event for kids 17 and under, which, being that it’s loaded with up and coming talent, makes it really fun to watch. Aside from the usual age brackets you would find at any event, the DLSA contest features the very popular, and not to be missed “Push In” division for kids under the age of 8! Nothing in surfing is cuter then seeing a 4 year old being heaved into a double overhead bomb by a parent or friend. :) Each and every competitor all day made it look like a breeze to longboard/shortboard in solid 4-6′ waves. The kids were champs!

 

The Hobie Shop Team was solidly represented at the event. Of our 12 member team, 9 of them were in the mix. Missing only The Rose Brothers, Keaton and Zeke, who were in Yosemite at a family reunion, and Ricky Fodor who was shredding in Mexico, the rest were on the water. Jameson Roller, Ethan Mudge, The Stokes Girls – Cate, Liv & Claire, Blue Engelking, Barrett Miller, and The McClungs –Malcom & Koa made a day of tearing it up in the pumping surf.

 

One of the challenges of the day was corralling Team Hobie before their heats. It’s impossible to stay focused on a contest when the surf is almost as good as it ever gets for Doheny!! Most of the day they spent catching the bigs on the outside reef, which only breaks on the biggest of days. (The contest zone was at The Boneyard, which was much smaller and more friendly for heats.)  In other words, it was easy to get them into the water, and tough to get them out and back into contest mode. Once in their heats, they all rose to the occasion! Almost all of The Shop Team came home with ample hardware for the effort! Pretty sweet deal to take home a trophy or two for goofing around in the waves with your friends! Right??

 

What more is there to say? The waves were all time, the kids were all time, and the good vibes were present throughout the day!! We think DLSA President, Mark Gale, sums up the Menehune quite nicely, “This event is all about enjoying the beach, friends & family while having fun in the surf. We hope these kids will fondly remember their time spent at Doheny with their fellow surfers and families for years to come.” Done!!

 

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Cate Stokes

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Malcom McClung

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Koa McClung

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Claire Stokes

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Ethan Mudge

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Blue Engelking

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Barrett Miller

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Liv Stokes

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Jameson Roller

 

 

Hobie Shop :: DLSA Menehune Surf Contest Sign Up BBQ at Hobie Dana Point!

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Sign Ups Now Open for Doheny Longboard Surfing Association’s 20th Annual Menehune Championships!!! 

Calling all Menehunes!!  Time to get yourself to Doheny and get your practice ON!!That sweet time of year called Sumer is upon us and that means it’s time for  The 20th Annual Doheny Longboard Surfing Association’s Menehune Surf Championships!!! Contest is on for Saturday, June 25th as part of this years Doheny Surf Fest!! And, as always, we will be kicking it off in style with a night before BBQ and sign up shin dig at Hobie Dana Point from 6-8pm! Yeow! 

 

Info ::

Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is proud again this year to have Hobie Surf Shops sponsoring the event. Hobie will provide early check-in, t-shirts and a barbeque to start the event beginning Friday, June 24th from 6-8pm at the Dana Point Hobie Surf Shop, located at 34174 Pacific Coast Highway. Bring your family and drag along your crew, all ages are welcome and the BBQ is free of charge!

The heats for the contest begin promptly at 7:30 AM and are open to boys and girls (menehunes) with divisions 8 and under up to 17 years of age. Kids from up and down the coast are expected to participate. Applications and additional information can be picked up at  Hobie Surf Shops, or downloaded from the Association’s website at:www.dohenylongboardsurfingassociation.com

The contest features raffles and music throughout the day with an awards ceremony following the end of the competition. Mark Gale, President of the DLSA,  reminds you,“This event is all about enjoying the beach, friends & family while having fun in the surf. We hope these kids will fondly remember their time spent at Doheny with their fellow surfers and families for years to come.”

Surfers will compete in 15 minute heats. The scoring is based on a 10 point system that integrates wave selection, length of ride, surfing moves and style. Judges are all Doheny Longboard members who have a long history of working within this type of scoring system.

The Doheny Longboarding Surfing Association (D.L.S.A.) is an organization dedicated to board surfing in a clean and natural environment. In relation to that philosophy, the D.L.S.A. will act as a support group for other organizations with similar views and objectives.

Hobie Shop :: Quiksilver Presents “Ross Clarke Jones : Inside the Eddie” Q&A at Hobie San Clemente

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Get an Insiders Look at “The Eddie” with Big Wave Legend, Ross Clarke-Jones.

“The 31st Annual Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau”event is an invite-only gathering at Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu, and it had not run in 7 years prior to 2016. Every other surf contest in the world is centered around the ocean and leaves the decision-making up to the people, but The Eddie changes that. It allows the ocean call the shots. It provides an empty sheet and a ballpoint pen, but the script is only to be written by the forces of the wild. The event won’t run unless the waves are big enough to shake the earth and conditions like that are a bona fide rarity. In its 31-year history, The Eddie had only been held 8 times, until February 25, 2016. -Quiksilver

Join us Friday night, 6/17/16 at Hobie San Clemente, for a Q&A with RCJ. Placing second to John John Florence, Ross will bring highlights from the day and an insiders perspective on The Eddie & The Bay that few others can share. Moderated by Quiksilver founder & CEO, Bob McKnight, this is a night not to miss.

About Eddie Aikau ::

Eddie Aikau was the first official lifeguard at Waimea Bay, on Oahu’s North Shore, and at the same time, developed a reputation as one of the best big wave riders in the world. Partnering with his younger brother/lifeguard Clyde, the pair never lost a life on their watch. As he braved waves that often reached 30 feet, he saved over 500 people and became famous for surfing the big Hawaiian surf, winning several awards including the 1977 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. Eddie surfed every major swell to come through the North Shore from 1967 to 1978.

In 1978, Aikau joined a 30-day, 2,500-mile (4,000 km) journey to follow the ancient route of the Polynesian migration between the Hawaiian and Tahitian island chains as a crew member. The double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hokule’a, left the Hawaiian islands on March 16, 1978. The canoe developed a leak and capsized twelve miles south of Molokai. Aikau paddled toward Lanai on his surfboard to get help for the crew, tragically, he was lost to the Sea and never seen again.

According to maritime historian Mac Simpson, “Aikau  pulled people out of waves that no one else would dare to. That’s where the saying came from — Eddie would go, when no one else would or could. Only Eddie dared.”

DETAILS ::

Friday night 6/17 at Hobie San Clemente!! All ages welcome, live music starts at 5:30 from local Hawaiian musician, Matt Akiona. Snacks, hang with the Quiksilver crew and have questions ready to ask. Spread the word & see you here. Free of charge / 5:30pm -8 pm!