Gerry Lopez and Rory Russel are some of the North Shore’s most legendary surfers. They both blew minds surfing Pipeline, especially in the early 70’s. Both men are still involved in the surfing world, with Gerry teaching at a recent yoga convention at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore and Rory attending Andy Iron’s funeral on Kauai two years ago. I saw this video below posted on Face Book by Derrick Doerner (Another North Shore Surfing Legend) and had to share it here.
Congratulations to all the surfers in the 2013 Women’s Pipeline Pro!
Pipeline Women’s Pro 2013 Results:
1. Dax McGill
2. Anastasia Ashley
3. Tatiana Weston Webb
4. Francie Harrier
5. Brianna Cope
6. Melanie Bartels
1. Izumi Baldwin
2. Maili Inos Brennegan
1. Karla Costa Taylor
2. Minami Hatekeyama
3. Aoi Koike
4. Asako Shiotsuki
5. Melanie Bartels
March 1, 2012, marks the beginning of the 9 day holding period for the the Sea Hawaii Women’s Pro at Pipeline. The event is the only women’s surfing event held at the famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. Held on the best 3-days of surf over the course of it’s 9 day window, the best way to find out if the event is off or on is to check in with the Surf News Network after 8:00 am daily.
The event features the following divisions and prize purses:
USBA Women’s Bodyboarding Pro $2,000.00 Purse
ASP One Star Shortboard Women’s Pro $10,000.00 Purse
ASP Two Star Jr. Womens Pro $3,000.00 Purse
ASP Two Star Men’s Jr. Pro $10,000.00 Purse
Honolulu City and County Mayor, Peter Carlisle w/ athletes from the SeaHawaii Womens Pro. Please note learning to surf at Pipeline is not recommended. We keep our surfing lessons fun and safe by teaching in a protected cove when the the surf is big on the North Shore of Oahu.
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.
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.
Congratulations to North Shore Surf girl Anastasia Ashley for winning the women’s surfing and to Brazilian Karla Costa-Taylor for winning the women’s bodyboarding divisions of the 21st Annual North Shore Soap Factory Pipeline Women’s Pro in Memory of Josie Over. A big mahalo to event director, Betty Depolito for organizing it too!
Photo Bernie Baker
It’s great to see the women surfers from around the world given the opportunity to compete at the world’s most prestigious surfing competition venue. What’s not so great is seeing the only women’s contest held at Pipeline awarded dates at the end of the winter, when the waves are small and marginal. Most people don’t understand or even want to know about the “politics” of surfing contest on the North Shore, but it would be helpful to the cause of gender equality if some sun was shined on it. Each Spring the City and County sends permit applications to all the event directors from the previous season inviting them to fill our an application for a contest. The application includes questions like does this event provide opportunities for females and what kind of community services does the event preform. Although there is […]
The best place to surf on the North Shore depends upon what kind of surfer you are. For beginner surfers Puaena Point and Freddie Land are the best places to go. If your an intermediate surfer any place up to 6 ft, except Pipeline and Rocky Rights. After the surf gets over 6 ft., every surf spot is for experts only, especially Pipeline, Sunset, Haleiwa, Waimea Bay and all outside reefs. The good news is that if your wanting to learn how to surf we teach our surfing lessons in a protected cove, so even when the surf is huge on the outside we have small and safe 1-2 ft., waves to teach you to surf on.