2nd street dave says:
"After reading the Taj Burrow interview in th new issue of Surfing Magazine, I feel Perry Hatchett should have been fired long ago. Taj was told by Hatchetts fellow judges that Hatchett had it out for Taj. Deliberately tried to ruin the guys career. Hell yeah he was fired. What a jerk and a coward. Would have been better for him to man up and tell Taj what your problem with him is and reslove it. Now he has no credibility and is disliked by many. He needs to leave the "surf world" and not return."
press kitchen says:
Janos Palko says:
"saw zeke at lowers a couple weeks ago. kid has grown up, he was killing it. surfing much better that the other pros out.."
The future face of Hawaiian surfing comes equipped with a shaved head, a bad back, and a knack for winning contests. At 16, Zeke Lau, with his signature Jordan-like dome, has slithered his way into the junior scene, quietly garnering national titles and wins with his please-and-thank-you demeanor and infectious smile. While the world praised Evan and Kolohe, Zeke went to work, sharpening his game and polishing his act with a number of monumental wins. And of the handful of victories the summer of 2010 has bestowed upon the young Honolulu native, his latest scalp at the Rip Curl GromSearch event at Kewalo Basin was particularly inspiring.
Held at pitch perfect Kewalos, the best young phenoms Hawaii has on offer coagulated at the playground of Honolulu. In the past years, Kewalos has become a gathering place for those without licenses to strut their stuff and hone their acts, making it the ideal location for the event. And as was to be expected, the youthful phenoms did not dissapoint. But at the front of that pack dripping talent, no one could hold a candle to Zeke and he would post a blistering heat score complete with a 9.5 and a 10, more than enough to secure his win in the Under 16 division and a few other honors.
"I am so stoked to win this comp at my home break," Ezekiel Lau announced to the spectators at the awards. "We couldn't have asked for much better surf out there and I can't wait to go to the Pro Search in Puerto Rico."
As Zeke alluded, his win at the GromSearch Honolulu will see him seeded into the international GromSearch event in Puerto Rico, where he's sure to make his presence felt.
In addition to his crown at the GromSearch, Zeke also netted the day's highest heat score and the move of the event with a crisp no-grab frontside air reverse.
Whatever it is that makes a good surfer a great surfer--may it be style in the water or on land--Zeke Lau's bleeding it in liters. In the next few months, expect to see more from Zeke as he humbly climbs the rungs of a young professional career.