Competition between Oahu’s North Shore and South Shore to take place on Sandy Beach
WHAT: Red Bull Rivals is a one day surf event pitting Oahu’s legendary shores, North Shore and South Shore, against each other. Top surfers from each shore will battle it out in a head-to-head surf competition for ultimate island bragging rights. To keep things fair, the event will again be held on the Eastside of Oahu at Sandy Beach, which is neutral territory. Before the Red Bull Rivals 2009 competition, no surf event had been held at this popular surf location since the Gotcha Pro back in the early ’80s. Instead of a traditional purse prize, the teams will compete for each others’ surfboards used in the competition (similar to racing for pink slips) and, of course, the winning team will earn the ultimate surfing bragging rights.
Originally planned for September, Mother Nature postponed the competition until October, due to no waves. Hopefully on the 23rd she’ll deliver.
Ten surfers for each team have been chosen by online voting and each team must have at least one girl and two groms (17 or under), the teams will then vote for the person they want as their team captain. A “ringer” will be allowed to be a part of each team and does not have to be disclosed until day of competition; the “ringer” can be any surfer from anywhere in the world.
WHO: Twenty of Oahu’s top surfers, trying to win the ultimate bragging rights, plus each teams’ “ringer”. Judging will be spearheaded by Kai “Borg” Garcia and his panel.
WHERE: Sandy Beach 8800 Kalanianaole Highway Honolulu, HI 96825
WHEN: Saturday, September 23. Start time: 10:30am HST, end time: 4:30pm HST
John John Florence
Right after the event, there is a film screening of “Who is J.O.B.”:
October 23, 2010
Waikiki Parc Hotel
2233 Helumoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
6:30p-10p (after Red Bull Rivals)