FROM THE BLOG
The stoke continues to rise at an alarming rate as week three in Hawaii comes to a close. Eli Olson found himself paddling into a massive outer reef behemoth and continues to surf at the top of his game. The rest of the team had their fill of hollow slabs, making the most of the winter season's first sizable swell.
Eli Olson's passion for surfing and training in Jiu-Jitsu has given him a unique lifestyle. He's carved out his own niche charging huge waves on the North Shore and beyond, not taking anything for granted.
Week two in Hawaii proved to be sloppy and fun. The crew found some waves despite inconsistent conditions and strung together a few quality airs, turns, and hacks. Check out Episode 2 of Hawaii Live and witness all of the action for yourself.
Team O'Neill is back on the North Shore for the winter season. We'll be covering all the action from free surf sessions, event highlights, and behind the scenes happenings that will surely keep you entertained. Here Jordy Smith, Ian Crane, Soli Bailey, Brett Barley, Eli Olson, Sam Coffey make the most out of their first week on the North Shore.
Russ Bierke is a surfer's surfer. Quietly spoken, but someone who let's his actions do the talking. He's also someone that now finds himself as the youngest competitor on the WSL Big Wave World Tour. With an ability to remain calm in serious situations and a surfing maturity that belies his years, Russ is a darkhorse. A strong bond with his surfer/shaper father Kirk, and years raised on reefs of consequence, it is no surprise to those close that Russ has stepped into the world's big wave riding elite.
This past weekend, the 2018 Freak Show Pro got underway with pristine 2-4 ft. conditions at Steamer Lane. With a stacked field of 64 surfers, it came down to the final 4 local Santa Cruz surfers battling it out for the $2,500 first place cash prize. Randy "The Kid" Bonds started things off strong grabbing the first 2 waves of the final. With under 10 minutes left, local boy Nat Young found a quick score and backed it up straight away to take home the title.