Over the weekend, some of the top surfers in Hawaii faced off in a North Shore vs. South Shore battle at Red Bull Rivals. Originally slated to take place in September but postponed due to flat conditions, Mother Nature was a little nicer this time around, offering 2-3 foot waves with occasional bigger sets.
To keep things fair, the event was held on the Eastside of Oahu at Sandy Beach - neutral territory for the two teams. This was the second year the contest was held, and before the Red Bull Rivals 2009 competition, no surf event had been held at Sandy Beach since the early '80s.
The 22 participating surfers had a choice to surf the Half Point or Full Point breaks for the 12-minute heats. The contest kicked off with a roshambo between team captains Jamie O’Brien for the North and Jun Jo for the South (pictured at left). J.O.B. won and chose TJ Barron to surf against South Shore’s Ezekiel Lau.
After each heat, the winning team’s captain had honors to pick the next heat’s match-up. As one of the most exciting heats, the eighth pitted North Shore’s Alessa Quizon against South Shore’s Kelia Moniz. Goofy-footed shortboarder Quizon took to Half Point, while Moniz paddled her longboard to the Full Point break. Moniz pulled out all of the stops and wowed the crowd while dominating Quizon.
With 12 of the 14 heats completed, the teams were tied at six wins each and South Shore had the advantage to pick who surfed the next two heats. Ultimately, the South Shore took a narrow victory, finishing eight to six over the North Shore.
Instead of a traditional purse prize, the teams competed for each others’ surfboards used in the competition (which were then donated to the Surfrider Foundation) and, of course, the winning team earned the ultimate surfing bragging rights in front of a crowd of 3,000 locals.
Ten surfers for each team were chosen by online voting; each team had at least one girl and two groms (17 or under). The teams voted for the person they wanted to serve as their team captain. A “ringer” was allowed on each team and did not have to be disclosed until the day of competition; the “ringer” could have been a surfer from anywhere in the world.
MVP: Ezekiel Lau - South Shore (pictured at top)
1: TJ Barron (NS) def. Ezekiel Lau (SS)
2. Kalani David (NS) def. Randall Paulson (SS)
3. Kekoa Cazimero (SS) def. Sean Moody (NS)
4. Jesse Merle Jones (NS) def. Keanu Asing (SS)
5. Charlie Carroll (SS) def. Kaiea Bosgra (NS)
6. Isaiah Moniz (SS) def. Kai Lenny (NS)
7. Anastasia Ashley (NS) def. Noah Mizuno (SS)
8. Kelia Moniz (SS) def. Alessa Quizon (NS)
9. Ezra Sitt (NS) def. Seth Moniz (SS)
10. Jamie O'Brien (NS) def. Jun Jo (SS)
11. Brian Pacheco (SS) def. Sage Huls (NS)
12. Keanu Asing (SS) def. Kai Lenny (NS)
13. Isaiah Moniz (SS) def. Kaiea Bosgra (NS)
14. Ezekiel Lau (SS) def. Ezra Sitt (NS)
Jamie O'Brien (Captain), Kai Lenny (Ringer), Sean Moody, Kalani David, TJ Barron, Alessa Quizon, Jesse Merle Jones, Kaiea Bosgra, Anastasia Ashley, Ezra Sitt, Sage Huls
Jun Jo (Captain), Brian Pacheco (Ringer), Ezekiel Lau, Randall Paulson, Kelia Moniz, Isaiah Moniz, Charlie Carroll, Kekoa Cazimero, Keanu Asing, Seth Moniz, Noah Mizuno
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