It's that time of year... Hawaii Live is back! Follow along as we go behind the scenes with #TeamONeill during their winter stint on the North Shore.
CONVERSATIONS WITH: BRETT BARLEY
Brett Barley was all smiles after scoring the best Pipe wave he's ever ridden, so we thought it'd be an opportune time to sit the North Carolina native down and pick his coffee-fueled brain. We found out about his favorite shaper, his influences and more about his special Pipe ride but more importantly that Brett's affinity for fishing might outweigh his love for surfing. For the full interview, enjoy our latest installment of "Conversations With"
Lineups on the North Shore are usually overflowing with high performance thrusters, so we asked iconic shaper Chris Christenson to create two twin fin fishes to mix things up for the team. We had #TeamONeill riders Noah Wegrich, Timmy Reyes, Ian Crane and Soli Bailey take each gorgeous board for a spin while Chris picked who rode the fish with the best speed, flow and style. We'll be rolling out each rider's edit every day this week. Chris's favorite winner will get to take the board home with them. Follow along through the next week to see how you can win one of these Christenson Surfboards yourself.
CHRIS CHRISTENSON CHALLENGE: TIMMY REYES
Timmy Reyes was the first to get his hands on one of the twin-fin fishes for the Chris Christenson Challenge. Although the board was a bit larger than Timmy is used to, the combination of playful North Shore surf and a good amount of volume allowed him to draw some slick lines and pull some cheater fives. Watch the entire entry and let us know how you think Timmy did. Check back tomorrow for Ian Crane's session.
CHRIS CHRISTENSON CHALLENGE: IAN CRANE
Ian Crane was next up to put in some time on Chris Christenson's twin-fin fish. His consensus? "I wish I had a wave with more wall because I just want to go straight and fast," said Crane, "It feels like the funnest board ever." Let us know how you think Ian went on the twinny in the comments below. Check back tomorrow to see how Soli Bailey fared in the Chris Christenson Challenge.
CHRIS CHRISTENSON CHALLENGE: SOLI BAILEY
Soli Bailey put the pedal to the metal on Chris Christenson's twin-fin, harnessing the straight rails and flat rocker to fly down a few North Shore walls. "The board had heaps of drive and was definitely one of the fastest boards I've ever ridden," said Bailey. Stay tuned for the final entry from Noah Wegrich for the Chris Christenson Challenge.
CHRIS CHRISTENSON CHALLENGE: NOAH WAGGY
Noah "Waggy" Wegrich was the last of the Team O'Neill riders to take a magic carpet ride on the Christenson Surfboards twin-fin. With a playful left to carve into, Waggy was able to draw out some long lines on the gorgeous twinny. We'll be announcing who Chris thinks rode the board best and how you can take home one of the boards and more soon. Stay tuned.
CHRISTENSON CHALLENGE WINNER
Now that all the entries for the Chris Christenson Challenge have been entered, it was time for Chris to choose who best rode his twin-fins. The criteria? Style, speed and power. When all was said and done, Chris decided that Soli Bailey would take the board home.
TEAM O'NEILL QUIVERS: TIMMY REYES
For Timmy Reyes, shedding the responsibilities of having to compete in the Triple Crown allows for certain freedoms; particularly when it comes to what boards to ride during his stint on the North Shore. Reyes' quiver is comprised of a diverse collection of shapes, each aimed squarely at getting as tubed as possible. For a look into what was under Reyes' feet this winter, watch the latest "Hawaii Live - Team O'Neill Quivers."
THE FINAL EPISODE
Nowhere on the planet offers a more diverse, high-performance and raw playground for surfing than the North Shore of Oahu. Now that you’ve seen what Team O’Neill has been riding and what they’ve gotten into on their off days, it’s time for a no-frills, go-for-broke, action-packed Hawaii Live edit. It should come as no surprise that Jordy Smith, Ian Crane, Soli Bailey, Eli Olson, Torrey Meister, Brett Barley, Timmy Reyes, Russell Bierke and the rest of the team put it all on the line this winter. If this edit doesn’t make you want to hit the lineup immediately after, we don’t know what will.
OFF THE SHORE | THE LOPEZ FAMILY
For Cory Lopez, surfing playful V-Land is a family affair. Watch Cory and his two ripping groms, Alana Lopez and Luke "The Dude" Lopez, tear up some North Shore walls.
HAWAII LIVE - EPISODE 2
In episode two of #HawaiiLive, we tagged along with Team O'Neill athletes Russell Bierke, Torrey Meister and Eli Olson on their quick island-hop over to Maui as the WSL Jaws Big Wave Championship got the green light. Watch a historical day filled with anxious moments, throttling carnage, and massive tubes. Hawaii Live - Episode 2 is LIVE!
What better way to close out the weekend than a no holds barred, no frills, surf action edit from the North Shore? With a few proper swells in the bag, we figured it was about time to show you what Team O’Neill has been up to the last few weeks.
QUIVERS | SOLI BAILEY
Spending time on the North Shore gives surfer's an opportunity to test out their boards for the coming year on tour. For #TeamONeill athlete Soli Bailey, his few weeks allow him to dial his go-to Channel Islands short boards in all types of waves and conditions. But it's not all R&D for the World Tour, some boards are tailor-made just to conquer spots like Pipe.
QUIVERS | IAN CRANE
Just as a carpenter relies on a trusted set of woodworking tools, every Hawaii-bound surfer relies on a set of go-to boards made to handle the varying range of waves the North Shore has to offer. Watch as Team O'Neill rider Ian Crane breaks down his five Hawaii sleds.
OFF THE SHORE | ELI OLSON
In this episode of Off The Shore", Eli Olson takes us into his family's backyard shaping bay and gives us insights into his signature fluorescent orange spray paints.