North Shore Surf War Looms At Sandy Beach

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News - ByALANAFOLEN

Twenty of Oahu’s top surfers from the North and South shores will put their best foot for­ward at the Red Bull Ri­vals from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Satur­day at Sandy Beach.

“Peo­ple can look for­ward to see­ing Oahu’s best surfers duke it out, head to head, man to man, in a high-speed for­mat never used be­fore,” said Scott Hous­ton of Red Bull Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“To keep things fair, the event will be held on the east side of Oahu — neu­tral ter­ri­tory,” he said, not­ing that the surfers can choose their spe­cific spot be­tween full and half point and Pipe Lit­tle’s.

Ten surfers from each team will be picked by on­line vot­ers. Each team will have at least one fe­male surfer and two groms (17 and un­der). A “ringer” — be it any surfer from around the world — also is al­lowed, but won’t be dis­closed un­til the event. At press time, con­firmed surfers were Jamie O’Brien, Makua Roth­man, Carissa Moore, Pan­cho Sul­li­van and Kekoa Cazimero.

Judges are a panel of celebri­ties — Kai­Borg Gar­cia and Dave Rid­dle of Vol­com, Bil­l­abong team man­ager and Hawaii World team man­ager Rainos Hayes, and a spot ro­tat­ing among Roy Pow­ers, Freddy Pat­tachia and Kekoa Ba­calso.

“The beauty of the for­mat is that the event is de­signed to be run in any con­di­tions,” said Hous­ton, though he’s hop­ing for epic waves.

The winning team will have ter­ri­tory ad­van­tage in next year’s com­pe­ti­tion and also claim the surf­boards of the los­ing team.

“Any time you put ri­vals up against each other in any sport and they are putting up their pos­ses­sions as the wa­ger, ex­pect a lot of in­ten­sity to be fly­ing among com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors,” he stated. “The teams are so stacked with tal­ent, ev­ery matchup is sure to be in­tense!”

He may have a form of mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, but there’s no slow­ing down James Cuizon, for­mer Wa­ialua res­i­dent seen here cycling through Ka­pi­olani Park. Photo by Nathalie Walker, nwalker@mid­week.com.

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