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. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

California Knows How.

So we made it to Cali ... land of Mexican food, traffic, cold water, and smog. It's been a fun week and a half. Wade was here the previous week, and we scored some really fun Strands wedge with Brandon, Brundle, Joe and Yuji, Whale, Omid, and some others. Nothing big but fun. Waist to chest or head high, at most, wedges.
 A little wedge I grabbed. Photo by Roger Fa.
Wade about to bank the section. Photo by Roger Fa.
Chantony and I hung out at The Wedge a couple days ago. I shot some photos with my GoPro and caught some fun corner bowls with Whale, Lex, Chris, Thomas, and some others. Chantony soaked up the sun on the beach. Forecast claims Santa Ana winds and a sizable south for tomorrow, but unfortunately Chantony and I are leaving mid-day. Of course.
Cylinders looking pretty perfect. Photo by myself.
Whale take off roll at The Wedge. Photo by myself.
Cylinders going square. Photo by myself.
A clear one at the main peak at The Wedge. Photo by myself.
Thomas Gaulke taking off on a right at The Wedge. Photo by myself.
It's been nice eating some good Mexican food, Indian food, and all kinds of food. Also nice to see la familia. Cali is such a nice place during the fall. It makes you second guess whether you'd want to live here or not. Then you get stuck in traffic, jump in the water and freeze, and notice all the smog floating over your head and realize why you don't.

Anyways, off to Oahu tomorrow to get married in a little over a week! We have a lot to get done. Nonetheless, I'm excited for my new life with mi amor Chantony Bleu.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Birthday Lasagna.

Birthday Breakfast a la Chantony.
So I'm 31. It's exciting. Never thought I'd ever be this old, but I don't really have control over getting older.

It was nice to spend this birthday here in the Outer Banks with my new familia. Chantony prepared a breakfast that ranged from a green smoothy, croissant with nutella, hashbrowns, yogurt, bananas, mate cocido, and kiwis. After that we spent the day at the beach. It was a nice day. Surf was fun but nothing special, but it's always nice to get in the water to play.

That evening Cristina served her homemade lasagna, which happens to be the best lasagna I've ever had in my life. Instead of a birthday cake or ice cream pie, they put the candle on my Tongan sized slice of lasagna for me to make a wish and blow out. Unlike I normally do with food, I took my sweet time to polish off the slice before I dished myself another. Something so good deserves to be eaten slowly.

As typical for the Francis family, we all hung around the table and talked story for a while. After which I received my gift from the family - each member of the family massaged my feet for five to ten minutes. If you realize that Tony, Cristina, and Laramie (who wasn't there because he lives with his wife Julie in Virginia) are all massage therapists, and Chantony is an esthetician, it's not all that odd that a massage would serve as a suitable gift. Considering that I love my feet massaged, it was the perfect gift.

All in all, it was a great birthday. Now I have to figure out a way to make it back to the OBX next year for my birthday. Haha! I'm off to Cali tomorrow. Chantony will follow in a week as she is spending the last week working and getting things ready to move.

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.