Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pounders Roundup 2014 Promo Edit.

We just put out the Pounders Roundup 2014 promo edit. It was edited by Aaron Eskaran. Filmed by Aaron and Adam Eskaran, myself, and Morgan Halas. 

Pounders Roundup is an annual beach cleanup and bodyboard meet held at Laie Beach Park (Pounders) in Laie, Hawaii. Its purpose is to promote the ocean as a positive outlet for the youth and adult members of the Ko'olauloa communities on the east side of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. 

In conjunction with Ko'olauloa Bodyboarders Association (KBA), Pounders Roundup 2014 is brought to you by Hukilau Cafe, Made in Laie, Kahuku Bodyboarders (KBB), AaronEskaran.com, Torin, Turtle Bay Foundation, The NO.6, Ballistic, Science, Spy Optic, Hinano, Soren x Hawaii, The Art of Carlos Mozo, & Toshio Clothing. Prizes from Custom X, illest Brand, & Toobs Bodyboards.

Beach Cleanup @Laie Beach Park - Saturday, May 10th from 9AM to 11AM.
Cost: Free
Get there early and help clean up the beloved Laie Beach Park (Pounders). Also, it's a good chance to pay your entry fee to guarantee a slot in the bodyboard meet. Once the job is completed, Hukilau Cafe is serving more hot dogs and drinks than your heart can handle. There will be a few product give-aways. Afterwards, let's go surf!

Bodyboard Meet @Laie Beach Park - Saturday, May 17th or Saturday, May 24th or Saturday, May 31st from 8AM to 4PM. To be held on the best day for surf & weather.
Cost: $30 includes shirt, raffle ticket, and entry into one division. $40 Beach entry on first come, first serve basis.

Come out, make friends & compete against some of Oahu's best in one of five divisions:

Youth (11-14 years)
Juniors (15-18 years)
Open (19 years & older)
Dropknee (all ages)
Female (all ages)

Limited slots available for each division. The winner of each division will receive a brand new bodyboard and top four in each division will receive prizes from clothes, fins, leashes, DVDs, gift certificates, etc. Whether or not you enter the Pounders Roundup, invite your family and friends to come out and watch the contestants go at it and enjoy a day at the beach.

Entry forms available at Hukilau Cafe in Laie and by clicking the link below:


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Official Pounders Roundup 2014 Logo, Info & Entry Form.

I wanted to share the official Pounders Roundup 2014 | Beach Cleanup & Bodyboard Meet logo. My brother Torin Francis drew this logo for us. He is an amazing artist. Go to torinfrancis.tumblr.com to check out more of his work!

Pounders Roundup 2014 will kick off Saturday, May 10th with the Beach Cleanup from 9am to 11am. Aside from the cleanup, there will also be prize give aways. Not to mention, Hukilau Cafe will be providing lunch. The Bodyboard Meet is scheduled to run one of the following Saturdays (depending on surf and weather) - May 17th, May 24th, May 31st.

The entry form is available by following this link: Pounders Roundup 2014 Entry Form

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pounders Roundup 2013 Bodyboard Meet Video.

In order get people excited for Pounders Roundup 2014 | Beach Cleanup & Bodyboard Meet, I wanted to share the Pounders Roundup 2013 Bodyboard Meet video.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

SurgeBodyboarding.com Version 7.0 Release!

Surge Media Group is proud to present SurgeBodyboarding.com Version 7.0. The cover of Version 7.0 features none other than New Jersey's Chris Schlegel punting a massive invert last winter at home in Jersey, which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy only months earlier. The photograph was taken by a young local photographer by the name of Tyler Bradley. 

Version 7.0 is packed with action from the past year stretching across the globe but with emphasis here at home in the United States. We, of course, included our staple action, lifestyle, empty wave, and dropknee galleries as well as our featured full length interviews with dropkneers Kim Feast and Micah McMullin. 

Go to www.surgebodyboarding.com to view this issue as well as back issues. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sessions con El Torin.

Since our time is winding down here in the OBX, and so is the work season, I've been trying to soak up as much time in the water as possible. Just the other day Torin, Chantony's brother, and I stumbled upon some surf. We pulled up to a street corner in KDH (Kill Devil Hills), walked across the street without much expectation for surf, and were surprised by what we saw. It was chest to head high, screaming off shore winds, the sun was barbecue-esq, and we were on it. We rushed down the street and parked at DVO, grabbed our gear and ran back to the beach. 

It was so nice. The conditions were seriously perfect. We trotted south a little bit, I covered my board with sand and the towel, slipped my fins on, and swam out to shoot Torin. For those that don't know Torin, he is one of the most talented people I know. Not only is he an amazing artist (and "amazing" is an understatement), but he can do anything. And by do anything, anything he does he does it well. So it was not only a matter of him catching some waves before we linked up on one. Of course, we did. 
El Torin sliding into a KDH shack. Go to my Instagram @evanfa for more images.
After a fun hour or so, Eric Drexler was on the beach and signaled me to come in. He said S-Turns was probably bigger and better. I told him Torin and I were going to hang out here for a little longer and then meet him down there. 
Lefts & Rights. Go to my Instagram @evanfa for more images. 
We took our time but eventually made our way down there. Torin showed me some other spots along the way. I love that drive. The coastline, the scene, just everything is captivating. So much potential for surf as well. 

We pulled over on the side of the road, ran up the dunes, and checked it out. It was definitely a foot or two bigger. Looked peaky as well. We were on it. 

Unfortunately, it was kind of slow out there. Still, it was a lot of fun. Definitely bigger. It was nice to surf with Eric as well as some of the others. I can only imagine how good S-Turns gets when it's on. 

After a hour-half or so, we called it a day and headed back. Needless to say, it was a good day. Only thing that could have made it better was if Chantony was there with us.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Real OBX.

Having spent the past few months or so here in the OBX, I've realized that there are a lot of misconceptions of the east coast. I think a lot of people misunderstand how things are over here. I realize the east coast is a lot longer stretch of coastline than the miles I've grown a little accustomed to seeing, but that is sort of the point.

What I've taken so far, in terms of surf, from the OBX is that it is a great stomping ground for a wave rider. Not just because the surf has so much potential, but I think it's because the place is beautiful and people are a lot friendlier in the water. I think it's because people are just that much more hospitable on land than other places. I'm sure there are plenty of knuckle heads out here but, in comparison to places like California or the North Shore, this place is heaven.

Even though all I've heard from the locals here is how bad this summer has been, the handful of fun sessions I've had so far have been well worth the wait. Probably because summer in Hawaii isn't anything special. At least on Oahu. Probably more so because it's a new place, new experience ... and new experiences help us mature and grow as people if we allow them.

I've also been lucky to get to know a handful of bodyboarders and surfers here in the OBX. Let me tell you they are not only cool people but rippers. Bodyboarders like Dan Cera, Cyrus Lewis, Ryan Rhodes, Mike Zeiner, Eric Drexler, Ricky Miller, and others. Surfers like Jared "JRad," Carlos "Burger," and others. I especially would like to thank Bob Hovey and Evan Foster for their hospitality and giving me a chance to work and teach surf lessons at Duck Village Outfitters (DVO). These guys are legends.

I wanted to share four photos. One is of Cyrus, one of Dan, one of Mike, and an empty Bob took.
Cyrus Lewis gliding through an OBX bowl. Photo taken by Crum
Dan Cera in a wide one. Photo taken by Nicola Lugo.
Mike Zeiner knows how to put power into his surfing. Photo taken by Chris Joyner. 
OBX power in Kill Devil Hills. Photo taken by Bob Hovey - @dvo98.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day Weekend at Black Pelican.

Green machine taken with GoPro Hero 3 Black.
The Saturday leading into Labor Day weekend was, hands down, the best day of surf I got in the Outer Banks. It was one of those days that it all came together. The conditions were picture perfect (literally), there was some size, my GoPro 3 came in the mail the day prior, and I had it all to myself.

Laramie, Chantony's older brother, was in town for the weekend, so him, Torin, and I woke up early to check the waves. Of course, we headed to my go to spot at Black Pelican in Kitty Hawk first. I knew it was where I wanted to be right when we checked it. They were interested in checking some other spots, so I just grabbed my gear and told them to pick me up when they were done.

I seriously felt like a little kid holding bags of his favorite candy with no adults to tell him to stop eating it. I couldn't put my spring suit on quick enough. GoPro in hand, I jumped in the water in a frenzy.

I couldn't believe how perfect the surf and conditions were. The water was as smooth as glass. The waves over head. And it only got better and better as the morning proceeded.

The sheet glass conditions gave way to light off shore winds, and the light off shore winds gave way to heavier off shore winds. There wasn't a cloud to be spotted in the sky either. It was seriously perfect.

I believe I shot over 3,000 frames this morning before trading in my GoPro for a board. As I grabbed my board and hit the water, it actually started to get better for surfing than shooting with the extremely bright sun directly over head. Not to mention, the peaks were lining and crossing up more than earlier in the morning.
Striking gold taken with GoPro Hero 3 Black. 
I caught a few before Laramie and Torin came back to pick me up. Then I came back in Torin's car and jumped back in. It reminded me of Mugu ... lefts and rights. Got some long barrels, some pocket spins and off the lip reverses. Maui boy Travis Calvan made his way with his family to jump in the water for a bit. Unfortunately, by the time he arrived in the early afternoon the conditions were less favorable. The winds went side-off and tide was less favorable. I was spent anyways.

I feel so blessed to have gotten a day like this here in the Outer Banks. I wasn't able to share it with anyone else while it was good, but I have the photos to show it. Not to mention, good-empty surf is always fine with me.

To view more of my images from the Outer Banks as well as around the world, follow me on Instagram by clicking this link: @evanfa