Alec Cook, better know as Ace Cool went night surfing at 20 ft Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu to catch some waves under the full moon by himself. Armed only with a headlamp and glow stick tied to the front of his board, he never returned. Many might question the sanity of paddling out to Waimea at 20 ft even in the day light let alone after dark, but for a waterman who had been surfing huge waves for over 30 years it was just a good way to avoid the crowds. Like so many other surfer’s Alek Cooke’s love of the ocean ran through every vein in his body making Waimea Bay a fitting final resting place. Alec was know to be a showman and like so many living in the surfing capitol of the world, sought fame and glory. In Alec Cooke’s way it was by riding huge outer reef waves before anyone else did and claiming it with postcards, poster’s and t-shirts. News of his disappearance spread far and wide to all corners of the internet providing him with the fame he sought in life. Alec however was a little different then the rest […]
North Shore Surf Insturctor Montgomery "Buttons" Ernest Thomas Kaluhiokalani's Majic Feet and Ready Smile will be missed.
(March 30, 1959 – November 2, 2013)
North Shore Surf Instructor Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani’s had magic feet and a ready smile. Buttons a true Hawaiian surfing legend invented a surfing style that influenced generations of surfers sadly left us on November 2, 2013, losing a hard fought battle with cancer. Button’s was a true master on a surfboard, the kind that are born not made. Always wearing a huge smile, most likely permanently planted on his face from the joy of all the insane waves he’s ridden in his life, Button’s loved everyone he knew. Humble too was his way, just smiling even more when someone gave him props for his surfing, which did all the talking anyway. The last years of his life he spent at the beach, mostly Chun’s and Puaena Point teaching tourist and VIP’s to surf. It was fun to work/play with him in the water, his line “You be the boss of the board” always made his students stand up. His volunteering of his expertise teaching special needs children to surf with Mauli Ola Foundation and others will ensure that his love will live on forever. Buttons you will be missed by all us North Shore […]
The surfing community was shocked with the news of Sion Milosky’s passing while surfing giant waves at Mavericks in Norther California on March 16th, 2011. He left behind a beautiful family and a generation of big wave surfers who will forever love and miss him. Sion “died with his boots” on doing what he loved most riding giant waves. Although he died young, he was 35 years old, he will be remembered as one of the greats, like Eddie Aikau, Mark Foo and Todd Chesser. Below are 2 videos. The first one is of his friends paddling out and surfing Pipeline in his memory. It’s hard to truly appreciate how special it is unless you surfed Pipe, but note how young everyone is. The other video is a tribute to Sion and features pictures of him surfing giant waves…..A fund has been established to donate money to his wife and children. Love and condolences to his family…
Click here to make a contribution to Sion Milosky’s Family via paypal.
The world surfing community suffered a loss in February when we learned of the passing of former world champion James “Jimmy” Blears. Jimmy was best known on the North Shore for his 25 plus years of service as a City & County lifeguard at Sunset Beach Tower 25. It was in the waters at Sunset where Blears saved the lives of several hundred tourists, military and locals from its treacherous currents. In 1972 Jimmy won the World Surfing Championships held in San Diego, California, making him one of five world champion surfers to represent Hawaii. (Fred Hemmings, Derek Ho, Sunny Garcia and Andy Irons are the other four.)
Jimmy was born in 1948 in Los Angeles and moved to Waikiki in 1950. He was raised on the waterfront near what s near the Duke statue and surfboard racks. His family occupied the upstairs of the Steiner building and spent all their free time surfing and diving in this idyllic setting. Jimmy’s father, the legendary “Tally Ho” Lord James Blears had Jimmy and his mother Lee tandem surfing in front of their house when Jimmy was still in diapers. He attended Washington Elementary School in Waikiki and later Punahou, graduating in 1967. […]
Pro surfer Andy Irons passed away on November 2, 2010 on his way home from a surfing contest. He was suffering from Dengue Fever and had pulled out of a contest because he was to sick to compete. Andy lived a life most of us can only dream of; traveling the world and surfing perfect waves. He won 3 World Surfing Championships, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 4 times and is the only surfer in the world to win events at every stop on the ASP World Tour of Surging. North Shore Surf Girl memories of Andy include watching him pull into barrel after barrel at Pipeline especially Back Door. He was an amazing surfer, super late drops, sick turns and incredible timing. He will be missed by many people. Condolences to his family and close friends.
Andy Irons Tribute from Brian Bielmann from M. Scott Mortensen on Vimeo.
Marvin Foster, 1962-2010
North Shore surfing legend, father, brother and super cool person Marvin Foster passed away May 18th, 2010 in Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, finding peace at last. He was a fearless surfer with a true North Shore style. Earning the nick names Carving Marvin and Marvelous Marvin he was a master at surfing the Pipeline and set the standard for carving in the early 80’s. In 1980, he was named Rookie of the Year by ASP World Tour. Always a daredevil, he was the first person to go left at big Waimea Bay, and was one of the original invitees to the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational surfing contest.
A straight “A” graduate of Waialua High School, Hawaiian to the core and intelligent, Marvelous Marvin looked you straight in the eye and told you like it was. Loved and respected by his family and friends he will be truly missed.
Marvin is survived by his daughters Vai Tiare Marr-Foster and Zjayna Foster, brothers Daniel, Cyrus, and Kalani Foster, and sister Pua McCormick.