Sunday, October 5, 2014

Portugal

               The last event on the APB tour was held at Portugal about 2 weeks ago and it was nothing, but epic times.  It was my first time going back to Portugal since 2010 so I was really excited for this trip.  Coming into the event I was ranked 18th and needed a decent result to hit that top 16 ranking.  This is a ranking that I've dreamt about when I started Bodyboarding competitively.  The contest had some fun waves and everyone was ripping.  I ended up tying for 9th in the event and it was a nice result to bump me up to 12th in the world for the end of the year rankings.  This goal means so much to me because I've been through a lot, worked so hard, made so much sacrifices, and to finally be in the top 16 is an amazing feeling.  I always believed in myself and never gave up.  This ranking will put me in a better seeding to accomplish my other goals such as being top 10 or being the world champion in 2015.  Congratulations to my good friend Dave Hubbard for winning the Open Mens division and binging home the DK 2014 World to Hawaii.  So stoked!
                Portugal is amazing!  The people are really friendly and the landscapes are insane.  I've met so much awesome people and made many friends.  The locals there really took care of me and I hope I can do the same if they ever come to Maui.  Thank you to everyone in Portugal for all of the support and love.  I really felt like I was at home and I know I will be back there next year.  See you all soon :)
                I am now at home enjoying life.  Now that the tour is over and it is winter time here in Hawaii, I am going to relax and have fun with my family and friends at my home zones as well as boogie a lot and releasing some Hawaii winter podcasts.  
Landing In Portugal.
My Portuguese friend Luis came to pick me up from the airport and took me to Praia Grande.  Such a legend
First sunset
Second sunset
Bolt
Such a beautiful place to stay in Praia Grande.  Amazing family and good times here
Fancy hotel
Poe.  Jared and Natashas baby girl
Another beautiful sunset
Some good cake
Reversing in my first heat.  PC:  Javier Fleitas
More grinds
My view from my room
Family dinners every night.  Thank you Isabel and family :)
Tristan, Isabel, and I.  
Invert.  PC:  Javier Fleitas
DUBB is da man!
World Champ Amaury Laverhne
Snakes
Cruising Sintra town
Good desert
Two of the biggest legends in Portugal.  Mahalo to Luis and Gancalo for taking care of me.  
The champ 
Final top 16 rankings

Friday, September 19, 2014

IBA Hawaii stop #3 at Sandys and home.

                  So right after Chile, I flew straight to Oahu for the third stop of the IBA Hawaii Tour which was held at Sandy Beach at the surf spot called Half Point.  I love half point and I felt really comfortable coming into the event.  Plus, my pops, niece, and girlfriend was there for the support so I felt relaxed and ready.  The waves were really fun and everyone was ripping in all divisions.  During my semifinal heat I made a mistake by going right when I had priority and all I had to do was to go left and block JUBB from going left, but I didn't.  JUBB went left and got the score he needed in the last seconds and knocking me down to 3rd and not advancing.  I ended up tying for 5th overall, but still in the lead of the rankings going into the last event on the westside of Oahu in December.  Other than competing in the contest, I relaxed and enjoyed being a tourist with my love Celestial.  We stayed in Waikiki and cruised all over the zones and ate allkines.  It was awesome after being away from home for a month in Chile.
                 After Oahu, I came home for a week and a half before heading to Portugal.  Home is where my heart is and I have everything there.  My family, friends, girlfriend, nature, everything Maui is there and I love it and I always feel great when I leave again for another contest or surf trip.  I am now on route to Portugal in New York on an overnight layover.  I'm amped and ready for the next stop of the APB contest.  Keep posted for more blog updates and photos.  mahalo for all of the support everyone!  aloha
Flipping in my semis.  PC:  Maurice Aubuchon 
Cruise the zone.  PC:  Maurice Aubuchon
Rocking the new SOL Clothing gear on Oahu.  Get yours now at www.solclothingusa.com
A room with a view
My love
Waikiki sunset
Waikiki sunrise
My good friend David Phillips and I before our heat together.  He was ripping all event and made his second final on the IBA Hawaii tour.
Flapping.  PC:  Celestial
Back home.  Here's uncle jonah and Paxton enjoying the valley 
Love this little big man.  My nephew Paxton 
Aunty and uncle with Paxton and Princess Alyza
They love eating.
I also got some waves while I was at home.  PC:  Erik Aeder
Running stairs with my love
My mom makes the best Kale Cesar
Valley run 
Celeste and I painting the studio
Love
Alyzas first soccer game.  GO Pink Ninjas
The drive to Wainapanapa
Enjoyed a weekend in Wainapanapa with the family.
One last sunrise before I head out to Portugal