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Kaua‘i girl Bethany Hamilton has stabilized and is doing well following a traumatic shark attack at a break called Tunnels on the north shore of Kaua‘i. Bethany was surfing with her best friend, thirteen-year-old Alana Blanchard, and Alana’s father Holt Blanchard, when what was believed to be a twelve- to-fifteen-foot tiger shark attacked from her behind, taking off her left arm just below the shoulder. She was lying flat on her board at the time of attack. Bethany’s friend’s father acted quickly and is credited with saving her life by applying a surf-leash tourniquet to her shoulder and paddling her back to shore, where she eventually passed out while waiting for the emergency ambulance. Lifeguards believe her strong water sense and positive outlook helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.

On the following Monday, Bethany had final surgery to seal her shoulder wound and is reported to be in high spirits. The Hamilton family has announced that a fund for Bethany has been established named Friends of Bethany Hamilton. We urge everyone to please join together to support this brave little girl and her family. Any type of support is helpful and much needed.

Donations can be sent to: Friends of Bethany Hamilton, 1st Hawaiian Bank, Lihue Branch, 4423 Rice Street, Lihue, Hawai‘i 96766

For further details regarding Bethany’s recovery and fund-raising, log on to www.bethanyhamilton.com

Mike Losness has joined ex-Ezekiel Owner Vinnie De La Peña’s new venture, Mada clothing. “Vinnie and I became good friends while I rode for Ezekiel,” Mike says. “I really like the support he’s given me. It’s cool to be a part of something new. If I can have some kind of impact on the company that enables it to grow, that would be great.”

TransWorld SURF’s Steve Sherman (as seen in “Sherman vs. English” on page ?) and his lovely wife Pam had a baby on October 30. The healthy baby boy’s name is Ethan Tiger Sherman.

On October 10, Benji Weatherley put on a free contest for young surfers called “The Benji Weatherley Little Human Surf Contest.” The event was held at Pacific Beach Drive in Pacific Beach, California. All contestants received goodie bags stuffed with gear and were treated to personal coaching from Benji, Dan Malloy, Greg Browning, Jason Weatherley, and Jorma Beckstrom. The pros then went out for a “Life Rolls On” expression session with Jessie Billauer and put on a great show. The week before the contest, Benji bought a vintage 1974 Ford Fairlane to give to the winner of the fourteen- to seventeen-year-old division. Nico Becerra of San Diego ripped it up in the final and is now the proud owner of the “Benji Weatherley Mini Human” Ford Fairlane.

The Surfer’s Journal has just released Masters Of Surf Photography Volume 4: Ted Grambeau. The book is beautifully presented in an extra-large hardbound, 11.25-by-13-inch format with 240 pages of Ted Grambeau’s work he carefully selected from eighteen years of photographs, Ted includes his comments for each photo. This book is full of amazing and beautiful images–a must-see for any surfer, traveler, or fan of photography.

This year marks the first group of inductions for the NSSA Hall of Fame presented by Op. During the 2002/03 season, the NSSA asked its members to vote for a surfer from three categories: Men’s Champions, Women’s Champions, and Surf Academics/Business. Of course, each list is a veritable who’s who in the surfing world. As Op’s VP Of Marketing Michael Marckx says, “Whether they turned into pro surfers or not, so many incredible people came out of the NSSA program. A Hall of Fame for these leaders isong overdue.” NSSA Hall of Fame inductees for 2003 include Kalani Robb in the Men’s Champion category, Janice Aragon in the Women’s Champion category, and Evan Slater in the Academics/Business category.

In other NSSA news, C.J. and Damien Hobgood are announcing a partnership with the National Scholastic Surfing Association to host an annual Super Camp for six of the association’s best and brightest surfers. The five-day-long clinic is slated to take place in early summer of each year and timed to coincide as a tune-up for the NSSA’s annual National Championship event. Super Campers will be selected by NSSA Executive Director Janice Aragon. Selection will be based on skill level and competitive excellence with serious consideration given to Open Season performance and results in the men’s and junior’s divisions. “Damien and I had a lot of people helping us early in our careers, and we want to do what we can to help other surfers and see if we can play a part in getting some more Americans out on the WCT,” says C.J.

In Miami Beach, Florida on October 23, Sofia Mulanovich presented the artist of the year award at the second annual 2003 MTV Latin Music Video Awards. The young Peruvian dazzled the crowd of rock stars, movie stars, paparazzi, and fans alike as she presented the award with infamous Jackass gentlemen Chris Pontius and Steve-O. The show was seen in over 380-million homes worldwide with an estimated one-billion viewers. “This is an amazing night for me, it is an honor to be a part of such a huge event,” said Mulanovich. “The Latin community is incredibly passionate and supportive of me, and for that I am thankful and proud.”

Jesse Schluntz has rereleased his smash hit film The Outsiders in a special-edition DVD featuring additional surf footage, new outakes, an East Coast tour video, and a free audio CD featuring tracks from the film. Be sure to give a careful listen to a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Rheanna Schluntz.

Ex-Von Dutch Owner Robert Vaughn has started something new. Be on the lookout for FTW, a new clothing line geared toward the streets. Hollywood has already taken notice, as celebs such as Tyson Beckford, Tommy Lee, Snoop Dogg, and Chingy have already been seen rocking the gear.

Global Dispatches

East Coast News by Matt Pruett/ESM Magazine

Bryan Hewitson won the 2003 Quiksilver King Of The Peak event, held November first and second at Sebastian Inlet, Florida. Surprise runner-up was Hurley rider Brendan Petticrew from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Winning the 600-dollar ESM Airshow was Florida’s Ryan Helm. An added item to note is that St. Augustine grom Jon Barclay nailed an amazing Gorkin Flip in his second heat.

Foundnation Video Producer Nic McLean’s documentary on Outer Banks, North Carolina ace pro Noah Snyder, titled Noah’s Arc, will be in stores by December. The film focuses on Noah’s life, the evolution of his surfing, and his religious faith. Noah was also recently diagnosed with surfer’s ear (diffuse exostosis) and will have to undergo surgery this winter to alleviate the disorder. His hearing has not yet been affected.

Check out Long Branch, New Jersey’s Keith Noonan and his Garden State pals in the new Stedfast Films full-length surf video Through The Looking Glass, which is out now.

Matt Keenan got the nod in a few controversial heats on his way to winning the Smith Optics Garden State Grudge Match at Casino Pier, New Jersey. …Lost rider Andrew Gessler placed second.

Volcom East Coast Team And Promotions Manager Daniel Terry is proud to announce that his two-and-a-half-year-old son Graham recently rode his first waves near their Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida home.

Happy birthday to ESM Cofounder/Publisher Tom Dugan, who turned the big 50 this October. Tom’s partner-in-crime Dick Meseroll hosted a typically raging shindig at his Melbourne Beach, Florida, home, which as usual, ended up a who’s who of Florida surfing legends, including Bill Hartley, Danny Melhado, Justin and Tyler Brown, Blake and Justin Jones, and Tommy O’Brien.

Wooster Surfboards star-rider Kyle Garson beat out several top pros, including Chris Ward, to win the Unsound Pro 5 in Long Beach, New York.

Indo News By Dustin Humphrey

Congratulations to Pepen Hendrix for winning the 2003 Aloha-Garuda Cup held in six-foot surf at the famed break Uluwatu. The Kuta Carnival, which was held to commemorate the October 12 bombings in Bali, was a complete success. The two weeks of festivities included a variety of surf and skate competitions, and live bands played through the night. Australian surfer Brendon Margleson flew over to show support and teamed up with local ripper Dede Suryana to compete in the tag-team surf event. “It was a great time,” said Margo. “I’m happy to see surfers from all over the place getting together here to help pull Bali back on its feet.”

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Hawai‘i News By Justin Cote

John John Florence celebrated his eleventh birthday on October 18 with a cake and ice cream party followed by boxing matches on the house ramp with brothers Ivan and Nathan, buddies Thomas Clarke, Chas and Peyton Chidester, and a slew of other little hellraisers. Even though he surfs man-size waves, he’s still waiting for that pit-hair and voice-deepening phase of life.

Sorry, ladies of the world, one of the North Shore’s most eligible just took his name off the bachelor board at Foodland. Pancho Sullivan married his sweetheart Haunani on October 12, 2003 at beautiful Waimea Falls Park, (now operated by The Autobahn Society Of America–a big improvement). Pancho also received a wild-card entry into the Rip Curl WCT event at Sunset and is making a big push for the Triple Crown. Congratulations, Pancho, and good luck!

Team houses are up and running. Literally running. Led by former World Champion Tom Carroll and fitness guru Rob Rowland-Smith, surfers Cheyne Magnusson, Mark Healy, Danny Fuller, Ola Eleogram, Shane and Evan Valiere, and twenty other Quiksilver riders are taking part in a mentally focused, yet physically grueling training camp at Off The Wall. Beach running, yoga, proper eating, one-on-one goal realization, and of course, surfing, are all part of the Quiksilver Pro Staff Training Program. The immediate results have been jaw-dropping surfing at OTW and lots of sand in hard-to-reach places. However, as a result of industrial espionage, no photographers are allowed at the training facility.

WCT News From aspworldtour.com

In a shocking turn of events, Kelly Slater has advanced past Andy Irons after the Billabong Mundaka contest! A seemingly unstoppable Andy Irons was eliminated early at Mundaka while Kelly went on to win the event. The points are still very close as Kelly holds on to the top spot with 7,428 points to Andy’s 7,248. Taj Burrow is close behind in third with 7,020, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson round out the forth and fifth spots with 6,528, and 6,300. For more info, read “Back In The Hunt” on page ?

Sponsor Changes

Dedi Gun to Rip Curl

Jonny Craft to Ocean Minded

Mike Losness to Mada clothing

Homer Henard is proud to announce that his two-and-a-half-year-old son Graham recently rode his first waves near their Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida home.

Happy birthday to ESM Cofounder/Publisher Tom Dugan, who turned the big 50 this October. Tom’s partner-in-crime Dick Meseroll hosted a typically raging shindig at his Melbourne Beach, Florida, home, which as usual, ended up a who’s who of Florida surfing legends, including Bill Hartley, Danny Melhado, Justin and Tyler Brown, Blake and Justin Jones, and Tommy O’Brien.

Wooster Surfboards star-rider Kyle Garson beat out several top pros, including Chris Ward, to win the Unsound Pro 5 in Long Beach, New York.

Indo News By Dustin Humphrey

Congratulations to Pepen Hendrix for winning the 2003 Aloha-Garuda Cup held in six-foot surf at the famed break Uluwatu. The Kuta Carnival, which was held to commemorate the October 12 bombings in Bali, was a complete success. The two weeks of festivities included a variety of surf and skate competitions, and live bands played through the night. Australian surfer Brendon Margleson flew over to show support and teamed up with local ripper Dede Suryana to compete in the tag-team surf event. “It was a great time,” said Margo. “I’m happy to see surfers from all over the place getting together here to help pull Bali back on its feet.”

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Hawai‘i News By Justin Cote

John John Florence celebrated his eleventh birthday on October 18 with a cake and ice cream party followed by boxing matches on the house ramp with brothers Ivan and Nathan, buddies Thomas Clarke, Chas and Peyton Chidester, and a slew of other little hellraisers. Even though he surfs man-size waves, he’s still waiting for that pit-hair and voice-deepening phase of life.

Sorry, ladies of the world, one of the North Shore’s most eligible just took his name off the bachelor board at Foodland. Pancho Sullivan married his sweetheart Haunani on October 12, 2003 at beautiful Waimea Falls Park, (now operated by The Autobahn Society Of America–a big improvement). Pancho also received a wild-card entry into the Rip Curl WCT event at Sunset and is making a big push for the Triple Crown. Congratulations, Pancho, and good luck!

Team houses are up and running. Literally running. Led by former World Champion Tom Carroll and fitness guru Rob Rowland-Smith, surfers Cheyne Magnusson, Mark Healy, Danny Fuller, Ola Eleogram, Shane and Evan Valiere, and twenty other Quiksilver riders are taking part in a mentally focused, yet physically grueling training camp at Off The Wall. Beach running, yoga, proper eating, one-on-one goal realization, and of course, surfing, are all part of the Quiksilver Pro Staff Training Program. The immediate results have been jaw-dropping surfing at OTW and lots of sand in hard-to-reach places. However, as a result of industrial espionage, no photographers are allowed at the training facility.

WCT News From aspworldtour.com

In a shocking turn of events, Kelly Slater has advanced past Andy Irons after the Billabong Mundaka contest! A seemingly unstoppable Andy Irons was eliminated early at Mundaka while Kelly went on to win the event. The points are still very close as Kelly holds on to the top spot with 7,428 points to Andy’s 7,248. Taj Burrow is close behind in third with 7,020, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson round out the forth and fifth spots with 6,528, and 6,300. For more info, read “Back In The Hunt” on page ?

Sponsor Changes

Dedi Gun to Rip Curl

Jonny Craft to Ocean Minded

Mike Losness to Mada clothing

Homer Henard to Sessions Clothing

Justin Ellingham to Hurley.

Mike Schirmer to Rusty surfboards and clothing

Eddie Guilbeau to Rusty surfboards and clothing

Nigel Haynes to Aaron Chang clothing

Chris Curry to Aaron Chang clothing

Eric Taylor to Sticky Bumps

Karina Petroni to Sticky Bumps

Eric Geiselman to Sticky Bumps

Danny Melhado to Sticky Bumps

Will Tant to MCD

Nathan Carroll to Ocean Minded

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to Sessions Clothing

Justin Ellingham to Hurley.

Mike Schirmer to Rusty surfboards and clothing

Eddie Guilbeau to Rusty surfboards and clothing

Nigel Haynes to Aaron Chang clothing

Chris Curry to Aaron Chang clothing

Eric Taylor to Sticky Bumps

Karina Petroni to Sticky Bumps

Eric Geiselman to Sticky Bumps

Danny Melhado to Sticky Bumps

Will Tant to MCD

Nathan Carroll to Ocean Minded