Eddie Would Go: The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Surfing Competition

Dan Merkel

  If you are a surfer, you likely know about the Quicksilver #Eddiewouldgo Eddie Aikau Big Wave Surfing Competition. If you are not a surfer this might be new- but it’s really cool so I will tell you about it. The Eddie Aikau, which is a big wave surfing competition in honor of the Hawaiian lifeguard… Read More »

Travis Grant on Molokai, SUP Training, and Balance


In the world of standup paddleboard racing, the name Travis Grant is synonymous with speed and ocean endurance. Grant is considered to be the “best paddler in the world“, though his rankings currently place him at #2. But for this Australian, life on and off the water, is about balance.  I met with Travis and… Read More »

2nd Annual Carolina Surf Film Festival

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The second annual Carolina Surf film Festival was held this weekend on James Island, near Folly Beach, SC, and the festivities did not disappoint. A steady show of innovative surf film was projected onto a large outdoor screen over two evenings. Food trucks, beer stands, live music, and surf-industry goods and services lined the venue at… Read More »

East Coast Paddlers Gather for Chucktown Showdown SUP Race

Charleston's 2015 Chucktown Showdown at Brittlebank Park

By Haywood Newkirk and Megan Bryan (Saltwater Chef). Originally Published on SUPConnect.com The 2015 Chucktown Showdown will be remembered for the “good news” and the “bad news.” The “good news” was that there was a cool northerly breeze blowing through Charleston on a very mild mid-September day. With lower humidity levels and temps in the… Read More »

Surfing Oahu’s North Shore with Mo Freitas

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   When you get the chance to go surfing with Mo Freitas on the North Shore of Oahu, you go. As my friend, Haywood Newkirk, said, “It is like playing Augusta with Jordy Spieth.” Despite an open reef cut on my foot, a fun morning of chest-high waves at Chun’s Reef awaited us.  Step 1: Apply… Read More »

Surfing Waikiki Beach: A Hawaiian Tradition

Waikiki Beach looking towards Diamond Head

Waikiki Beach is considered by Hawaiians to be the birthplace of modern surfing as a sport– not just an ancient art form- in Hawaii. Championed in the early 1900’s by Duke Kahanamoku, an accomplished waterman and Hawaii’s “ambassodor of Aloha”, Waikiki Beach became a global symbol of Hawaiian surf culture. If you are visiting Oahu, Waikiki,… Read More »