Eddie Would Go Big Wave Invitational Recap

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Yesterday at the bay was a legendary moment. First off congratulations John-John Florence for representing Hawai’i & taking home the W.

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In memory of Eddie Aikau, it does not get any realer than that.

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Seen this young Hawaiian representing our classic “AR-15 Logo”.

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Big ups to our Island Silver ohana for showing us so much aloha and allowing us into your humble home. The view was surreal.

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She wanted a hat, I asked her to tag #DefendHawaii when she takes her next selfie.

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Young BooBoo rocking RVCA, someone tell Uncle Pat “What’s Good?!”

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We have got to give it up to World Surf League for all the amazing coverage.

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Beach patrol handling business. Safety is a priority.

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Kelly trekking off the beach to get prepared for the next heat.

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Shakas from the fans to the pros

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Focused, determined & ready

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There are legends in the water as well as legends on the beach.

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Boss man Mike & Kala right after Kala’s heat. Good job Hawaiian! Continue to perpetuate our culture & lifestyles.

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Shakas from the Ohana up North. We love Eddie Aikau. Your memory and legacy will continue to live on.

 

 

 

Spring Style

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Defend Hawaii Spring 2016 Collection 1 features brand new Raglan Style apparel. Featured above is the Explorers 3/4 Sleeve Raglan in the Snow Red Color way. Available @ shop.defendhawaii.com.

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New Pullover Hoodies are available as well, a part of our 2016 Spring Collection.

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We also restocked the popular “Aloha City” design. Now available only online.

Rest In Paradise Brock Little

Thursday, we lost a legend…..

Article repost from Surfer Magazine

“It’s with a heavy heart that we report the passing of North Shore surfer Brock Little, who died on February 18, at the age of 48. Little announced via social media last month that he was battling advanced cancer.

Born in 1967 in Napa, California, Little’s family moved to Haleiwa when he was three years old and he began surfing at age seven. As a teenager, Little was considered to be one of the most talented and hardest-charging surfers of his era and was a stalwart figure at Waimea and Mavericks. In 1986, at only 19 years old, he finished fourth in the Eddie event, solidifying his reputation as being utterly fearless. Just a few years later, in 1990, he finished second in the prestigious contest, amid some of the most harrowing conditions ever seen in the competition.

“Although Little was runner-up to Hawaiian surfer Keone Downing in the 1990 Quiksilver contest, held in spectacular 25 to 30-foot Waimea surf, he stole the show with a gladiatorial wipeout on the biggest wave of the day, and followed up by pulling into the tube on a 20-footer—a rarity in big-wave surfing at the time—and nearly making it out,” wrote Matt Warshaw in the Encyclopedia of Surfing.

While he would continue his search for massive surf in the coming decades, Little also began a career as a stuntman, appearing in numerous Hollywood films including Tropic Thunder, Training Days, and Transformers, just to name a few.

He was also a prolific contributor to both SURFER and Surfing magazines, penning more than 30 articles.

When he first announced that he was battling cancer via his Instagram account nearly a month ago, the surf world rallied around the icon. When news broke today that Little had passed, Kelly Slater wrote that Little was “Larger than life to me. The world I know will never be the same. I love you, man. Thank you…”

Even as Little’s health deteriorated, he still kept in high spirits and was very open about his condition. A few weeks ago, he gave his final interview with SURFER, where he discussed a life spent chasing heavy waves and his thoughts on his legacy in the surf world.

In Little’s last public statement, which appeared on his Instagram account yesterday, he wrote that he was “Lucky to be surrounded by love.”

Little was a true legend in the sport and will be greatly missed.”

RVCA Presents : Estevan Oriol – Photography Exhibition

Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a hip-hop club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Estevan’s passion for photography developed while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and old camera from his father, renowned photographer Eriberto Oriol, Estevan began documenting life on the road and established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene.

Nearly 20 years later, Oriol’s extensive portfolio juxtaposes the glamorous and gritty planes of LA culture, featuring portraits of famous athletes, artists, celebrities and musicians as well as Latino, urban, gang, and tattoo counterculture lifestyles. He has photographed Al Pacino, Robert Dinero, Dennis Hopper, Marissa Miller, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather, and Lance Armstrong amongst others. He has also produced shoots for internationally-acclaimed photographers such as Ellen von Unwerth for Sang Bleu and Luca Babini for GQ Italy.

In addition to shooting campaigns for companies including Cadillac, Nike and Rockford Fosgate and directing new media projects for My Cadillac Stories, MetroPCS, MTV and Apple, Estevan has designed album covers and/or directed music videos for artists including Eminem, Cypress Hill, Blink 182, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit.

His work has been showcased in select galleries and institutions—such as Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Petersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit—concluding with a best-selling book of his work: LA Woman, capturing the dangerous and alluring beauty of women shot in his uniquely provocative and raw style. His photography has been featured in Complex, FHM, Juxtapoz, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone and other publications, with appearances on popular television shows such as, HBO’s Entourage and Last Call With Carson Daly.

Screen shot 2016-02-12 at 12.03.46 PM@RVCA is proud to present an @estevanoriol photography exhibition as a part of #powwowhawaii today, February 12th from 7-10pm at Kaka’Aka Agora in Honolulu! || @powwowworldwide ||#RVCAloha #estevanoriol #defendhawaii

 

The Eddie Is Go!

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The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau will GO this Wednesday, February 10, at Waimea Bay. Organizers gave the event the green light early this-morning after consulting the latest round of forecasting models. This will be the 9th “Eddie” in 31 years. The event was last held in December of 2009, and was won by California’s Greg Long.

Organizers anticipate a solid day of surf that will meet the event’s strict wave face height requirement of 40 feet, with favorable light winds in the morning, turning light trades by afternoon.

There will be various platforms on which to view the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau:

In Hawaii: Live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable channels 250 and 1250HD
On the internet www.quiksilver.com/eddie and on mobile via the WSL App

EVENT HEAT DRAW:
Heat 1:
Shane Dorian (HAW)
Kohl Christensen (HAW)
Greg Long (CA)
Ramon Navarro (CHI)
Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS)
Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

 

Heat 2:
Kelly Slater (FL)
David Wassell (HAW)
Grant Baker (ZAF)
Reef McIntosh (HAW)
Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
Aaron Gold (HAW)
Tom Carroll (AUS)

 

Heat 3:
John John Florence (HAW)
Mark Healey (HAW)
Clyde Aikau (HAW)
Nathan Fletcher (CA)
Noah Johnson (HAW)
Peter Mel (CA)
Takayuki Wakita (JPN)

 

Heat 4:
Bruce Irons (HAW)
Makuakai Rothman (HAW)
Ian Walsh (HAW)
Albee Layer (HAW)
Kala Alexander (HAW)
Garrett McNamara (HAW)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)

 

TOP 5 ALTERNATES:
Mason Ho (HAW)
Danilo Couto (BRA)
Mark Mathews (AUS)
Koa Rothman (HAW)
Ben Wilkinson (AUS)