VIDEO: Jones Brothers Recreate a Piece of History in Honor of Their Father (via Inertia)

The Jones family is one of the most respected families in surfing. Visit Pipe or Rocky Point on any given day and you can find Mikala and Daniel humbly smiling, sharing, and reading the reef like the back of their hands. But the truth is the Jones’ legacy goes much further than Mikala and Daniel.

“He’s the reason why we’re here today,” Daniel spoke of his father. “It was a great opportunity to pay homage to all that he’s done for us.”

To show their respect, Mikala and Daniel Jones sought to re-create an image of their father surfing Ala Moana Bowls on his custom red single fin. During the session, Daniel caught a big close out and snapped his father’s board. Both Mikala and Daniel were devastated, as the board held a lot of sentimental value to the family’s legacy. This is the story about family, tradition, perseverance, and recreation of the original red bird board.

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INTERVIEW: Keanu ASing in “The Altruist” via Surfer Magazine


A blitzing World Tour schedule doesn’t keep Keanu Asing from donating his time and energy to many social causes. Photo: Miller

Despite the hectic pace he keeps traveling the globe to compete on the World Tour, Honolulu’s Keanu Asing has been a shining example of how surfers can change lives. Whether he’s working with troubled teens in his hometown of Ewa Beach, teaching kids with cystic fibrosis to surf during the Bells event, or simply working with nonprofits addressing major social issues, Keanu makes a point to be involved. Here, he opens up about his desire to shape the world for the better.

We’ve known each other for a while now, and since you were a grom, you’ve always had a desire to give back. Where do you think that comes from?

For me, my parents taught me to be more selfless than selfish. This sport has given me so much in life, so much happiness, and an amazing job. It’s helped me build relationships and make new friends. And I feel privileged to share my love of surfing, and all of the great things that happen from it, with other people. You never know — maybe I push a kid into a wave and it changes his or her life forever. I love being able to help others and show them how much surfing can change their lives. Plus, I love seeing the look on someone’s face when they first catch a a wave and really enjoy being in the ocean. It’s refreshing to me. Seeing how their eyes light up takes me back to the beginning and to the reasons why I started surfing. It’s good to offset the competition mindset that I have to keep most of the year. It sounds a little cliché, but it keeps things real, and it makes me a better surfer, too.

Do you think that feeling of wanting to help people can be tied to growing up in Ewa Beach, a blue-collar, working class part of Honolulu?

Every time I come back to Ewa Beach, I want to help more. I really want to find a way to push kids away from drugs and a rough life and push surfing more. When I come back, I want to do all these things. I need to make that happen. I want to get more of the at-risk kids in Ewa in the water. But even if I’m not taking kids surfing, I want to be a positive role model for the community down there. It’s easy to go down the wrong path, and I want to plant some positive seeds. I need to do more — I feel like it’s my responsibility to build something great there.

Talk to me about some of the groups you’ve worked with.

I’ve helped with Surfing The Nations out of Wahiawa. They do a lot of really good work for many people on the North Shore. It was pretty awesome to see their operation and thank them for what they do. They’re really helping a lot of people who can’t help themselves, kids especially. Those guys do great work.

You were also doing some work with the Mauli Ola Foundation during Bells.

Yeah, I got to meet some people who are struggling and help brighten their day a bit by taking them surfing. I got to meet a 6-year-old girl who had some serious health issues as a result of her cystic fibrosis, and she was able to skip school to go surf with us. Man, she was so stoked. But after our surf session, she was headed to the hospital for three hours of treatment. She was pretty open about it and described how bad her lungs are and how much she hates the hospital. It was hard for me to hear. But she had so much fun with us — She just wanted to surf all day. Being around salt water is considered therapeutic for people with cystic fibrosis, so surfing and getting in the ocean is really encouraged. It was an awesome day.

Is it hard to do all these types of things given the schedule of the Tour?

I would love to do more. I want to focus more on Ewa Beach, to create a better platform to get people in the water. It’s hard to get ahead when you come from a rough place. But surfing can really be a guiding force for so many, and the more we can connect with troubled youth, the better. There’s hope there. Surfing shows you purpose and I want to be a leader for that cause. These kinds of things help keep me grounded and show me what’s really important.

VIDEO: Josh Moniz in the Factory via Surfing Magazine


Josh Moniz showed up to Australia without any pants. He wasn’t, like, naked or anything. He just, “forgot that it got cold in West Oz” and didn’t pack any. Didn’t matter. He wore shorts on land and when he got in the water, that’s when he put on his big boy pants. At just 19, Josh is already an impressive mix of old school Hawaiian power (think Sunny Garcia or, um, his dad, Tony) and new school flair (think Albee Layer or, um, his brother, Seth). His future is bright and probably involves the letters C and T. Until then, here’s his faCTory part.

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Florence and Freestone Forge Ratings Rebalance in Rio (via WSL)


John John Florence has never been an outspoken fire-breather. He’s not an overemotional chest-thumper, either. His mellow Hawaiian vibe is one of the lovelier aspects of his personality. Whether on the podium at Waimea Bay or Postinho, his smile seems to be getting softer and more innocent with age.

But we shouldn’t be fooled. Beneath that supremely cool exterior there’s a flame burning, and it ignited on Thursday at the Oi Rio Pro.

First the facts: Florence beat rookie Jack Freestone in the Final, and did so rather handily. In capturing the third CT victory of his career he jumped to No. 3 on the Jeep Leaderboard rankings, 5800 points behind front-runner Matt Wilkinson. And while that’s a big gap on paper, just remember that we’re heading into the dreamy portion of the schedule, with Fiji, J-Bay, Tahiti and Trestles on tap. It means nothing.

In Rio everyone in the Top 10 was eliminated before the quarterfinal. But this wasn’t a continuation of what happened in Australia. Quite the contrary. It was nature doing its rebalancing.

Florence arrived in Rio still licking wounds. The sea of fresh-faced rookies and battle-tested replacements took their toll on him in the first few events. He was dealt two early-round losses at the hands of rookie Caio Ibelli, and didn’t make it past the quarterfinals in any of the three events.

It was hardly the start of a world title contender’s run.

True champions know how to bounce back, however, which is the challenge Florence now faces in 2016. Consistency has never been his forte, but it’s something he knows he needs if to make a world title run a reality.

John John Florence’s dominance above and below the lip made him the undisputed champ of the 2016 Oi Rio Pro.

The next journey for John John is inward, strengthening his resolve through adversity, be it bad waves, bad calls, bad food or bad injuries.

Rio was a test of his mental muscle, and he aced it. His demeanor during the nine-day grind was steadfast with a smile. His passion fueling the work when conditions were good, and his work fueling his passion when they weren’t. It’s a delicate balance, that motivational game, but if he’s able to master it there’s no stopping him.

That said, the list of contenders is getting larger every day in this new era. Rookie Jack Freestone may be late to the 2016 party, but he crashed it hard on Thursday by taking down Gabriel Medina in a hotly contested semifinal.

John John Florence feels right at home in the wedgy walls of Postinho. The Hawaiian thrilled the crowd with his disappearing act.

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PHOTOS: Dusty and John John on the Final Day at the Oi Rio Pro (via Surfing Magazine)

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PHOTOS: John John Florence wins Oi Rio Pro! (via Surfer Magazine)

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Dusty was ripping all event, but wasn’t able to get past an On Fire John John Florence.

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