Hawaii. So much you can say about the magical place, but Makaha, for the Volcom Totally Crustaceous Tour’s Puffererfish Surf Series is an absolute blessing. The vibes on the West Side are incredible, they are so stoked to be part of the event and see the kids so amped and ready to compete for a spot at Champs.
When we rolled up Saturday morning the whole crew was there ready to go but unfortunately the ocean had other plans for us. With stiff offshores and smaller inconsistent surf we decided to hold off for the hopes of better conditions on Sunday. So we passed out entry forms, exchanged shakas and stories, packed up and got ready for Sunday.
Noa Mizuno on a sick Makaha runner!
The local crew could not have been more right about the call, Sunday morning we pulled up to postcard weather conditions with already fun surf that was forecast to only get better through the day. We got all set up and in no time the Groms were out there showing everyone why they should be the days winner.
Wheelbarrow race?? Definitely.
One of the most impressive girls divisions we have seen, Moana Jones upping the ante.
There is so much surf history and lore attached to Makaha, and if you get the chance to come down and be part of the Volcom TCT event there you will be encompassed in greatness and aloha. Russ-K is there, with all of his world surfing titles. The whole Kealauna family is there, it's nuts to see. The only event all year where we never have to clear the lineup, not with the boys at Kanaka Solutions around. Not to mention the Volskwagon sized grill they pack with them, the grinds are all time. Got to keep the kids fueled for all that ripping!
Kanaka Solutions, Tai Van Dyke, Grill. Match made in heaven.
And rip the Groms did. The surf continued to get better all day, as projected, and so did the surfing. The divisions were stacked with representatives from all over the islands, mainland, and at least 3 different countries….it was reminiscent of a mini champs. As the day started to wind down we saw one of the favorites, Jackson Bunch, take home the win in one of the best squids divisons all year. Then another favorite Brissa Hennesy with a solid win in one of the best girls divisions all year. Nick Marshall over from the mainland for some North Shore practice with his brother Jake, trekked over to the West Side and floated back with a Groms win. The Juniors were ripping all day and Barron Mamiya snagged a tough win in Makaha to take 1st place honors.
Jackson Bunch, off the top, down the line, right into a Squids win.
The winds stayed light all day which made for some solid air sections, Barron Mamiya air drying them fins.
Grown man turns for grown man groms.
Bots and Tai, eyeing the merchandise.
Josh Moniz. Game over.
Groms frothing on a spread of delightful goodies for the winners.
Jake Marshall knows about getting shots with fisheye lenses, Jason Shibata is happy he does.
Last but not least was the pro division, all day these guys were incredible to watch. When the final started it was pretty clear to anyone who has seen a beach that Josh Moniz was going to be the man to beat. A task that was not achieved this day as Josh and his Brother Seth made it clear they were not going to be outdone taking home 1st and 2nd at Makaha. Something tells me we should get used to a grouping of 1st and 2nd with those names in either order for some time to come.
Josh Moniz, reaping the rewards from a solid day of ripping!
Seth Moniz all day with this turn, like clockwork, all the way to a second place finish!
Thank you to everyone involved with the Volcom TCT Pufferfish Surf Series it could not have happened without the entire crew especially Clint, Tai, Jade, Lono, Russ K, Khanaka Solutions, and all the boys. Thank you to our sponsors as well for the support, and more importantly, helping us Stay True This on our mission to Let The Kids Ride Free. Until next time Makaha…Alohas and Mahalos.
Kimo. Trust me, you, or nobody would like to try this guy.
There is something about a perfectly executed top turn. Barron Mamiya leading by example.
Groms will be Groms. Also this is really fun to do.
A great demonstration of what to do with those ramp sections.
Who doesn't love a good product toss?
Girls and Juniors Finalists.
Groms and Squids winners.
Special Thanks Goes Out To Our Product Sponsors:
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ON A MISSION
1. Joshua Moniz - $500.00
2. Seth Moniz
3. Noah Mizuno
4. Charlie Akao
5. Keoni Yan
6. Ryland Rubens
1. Barron Mamiya
2. Kaulana Apo
3. Jake MArshall
4. Ethan Ewing
5. Devin Bueggman
6. Kainaru Katu
1. Nick Marshall
2. Robert Grillho III
3. Jake Riccobuno
4. Ocean Macedo
5. Tomas Baralli
6. Austin Prevett
1. Jackson Bunch
2. Noa Dupuoy
3. Makena Franzman
4. Diego Ferri
5. Bettylou Johnson
6. Kai Martin
1. Brissa Hennesy
2. Bailey Nagy
3. Emily Nishimoto
4. Julie Nishimoto
5. Moana Jones
6. Summer Ivy
KICKASS GROM AWARD
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Posted on 03/23/15