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Chuck Patterson skis the waves of Maui's 'Jaws'


Here's an exciting way to tackle the waves, courtesy of Chuck Patterson. A big mountain free-skier who spends time each year in Hawaii, the extreme athlete knows how to move on big swells as well.

Patterson recently traveled to Jaws off the northern coast of Maui to try his hand at tow-surfing, except instead of using a surfboard he donned a set of skis and hit the waves -- complete with ski poles.

The above video, shared by Pete Thomas Outdoors, shows Patterson in action at the famed surf spot, even planting his poles on his way down the face.

"Ever since I started I was hooked like a little kid -- just like I was when I started snow skiing," Patterson said. "Something like that really keeps me going and I know that that's what I'm looking forward to as far as proving that you can actually turn on the waves."

-- Kelly Burgess

Video via YouTube


Big-wave surfer Mark Visser takes on Maui's 'Jaws' at night


Professional big-wave surfer Mark Visser made history early Thursday when he took on 30- to 40-foot waves at Jaws, off the shore of Maui. That's because the 28-year-old Australian went out surfing in the dark. Using specially engineered LED lighting built into a buoyancy vest and on the surfboard, Visser became the first to night surf the infamous break.

"It wasn't until I saw the pictures I realized how big it was," Visser said. "I had to go off feeling. It was the scariest but most exciting thing I have ever done."

With the guidance of a helicopter team overhead, which had a spotlight, Visser was towed in by Jet ski to take on the waves. The project, two years in the making, utilized lighting technology especially created to ensure the wave and board were lighted without hindering the vision of Visser, the Jet Ski drivers and the helicopter pilots.

"I am so pumped to achieve something that no one thought possible and that I was told couldn't be done," Visser said.

The action -- including glow-in-the-dark wipe-outs -- was caught on video, which already has more than 550,000 views since its posting Thursday on GrindTV.com.

This feat, called "The Night Rider," is the first of a series of extreme adventures for Visser, which will be compiled into a documentary titled "9 Lives," scheduled to be distributed in late 2011 or early 2012.

-- Kelly Burgess

 Video: Chris Mauro via GrindTV.com

Japan's Kona Game Fishing Club-Kusatu wins Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Out of the Blue angler Ted Morikawa hugs a 779-pound Pacific blue marlin, the largest fish boated of the 2010 Hawaiian International Billfish tournament. "Stop fishing, stop fishing, stop fishing," rang out at exactly 4:30 p.m. for the final time, and with those words Friday, the 51st annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament came to a close off Kailua-Kona.

This year’s tournament champion and recipient of the HIBT Governor’s Trophy was Japan's Kona Game Fishing Club-Kusatsu, finishing with 2,129 points. Fishing aboard Kila Kila, captained by long-time Kona skipper Teddy Hoogs, the team earned an additional 300 points on Friday, rounding out a week of fishing consistently and putting points on the scoreboard daily. By 8:30 a.m., angler Hiroyuki Murakami had tagged an estimated 200-pound Pacific blue marlin. 

But the story of the day, and the tournament, went to the team Out Of The Blue, from Waianae, Oahu. Fishing aboard the Miss Mojo, captained by Tio Kearney, angler Ted Morikawa boated a whopping 779-pound Pacific blue marlin on Friday, earning his team second place in this year’s competition. "I’ve been fishing in the HIBT for three years, and I guess you could say three’s a charm," Morikawa said. "Captain Kearney encouraged us to fish on live bait. We set up the bait, trolled for a bit and bingo!" With the largest fish caught all week, Out Of The Blue finished with 1,479 points. 

Boyd DeCoito, captain of the 46-foot Foxy Lady, won the tournament’s coveted Henry Chee Award, which goes to the charter boat captain on whose vessel the most number of billfish points have been scored.

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Japan fishing club takes lead on Day Two of the Hawaiian International Billfish tournament

Old South Marlin Club #2 teammates pose with 2010 Miss Billfish, Sonja Ascino, alongside their second tag of the 2010 
Hawaiian International Billfish tournament.

Only one fish was boated on Day Two of the Hawaiian International Billfish tournament taking place through Friday off Kailua-Kona, but it was enough to help secure the standings lead for the team landing it.

It only took 43 minutes for angler Hidemi Hayashi of Hilton Grand Vacations Fishing Club in Japan to land the 531-pound Pacific blue marlin, but the team realized the importance of landing such a big fish, having won the tournament in 2007.

Fishing aboard Marlin Magic, captained by Jason Holtz, Hayashi fought a good fight. "We were fishing way down south. The fish did not take out a lot of line, which made for some quick time," said Holtz. "At the back of the boat, she was jumping and splashing. It felt like being in a rodeo!"

With three minutes left before the end of fishing, Marlin Magic again radioed to headquarters, "Team 19 hooked up," and teammate Shuu Yamaguchi proceeded to tag a shortnose spearfish, propelling the team to first place.   

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Hawaiian International Billfish tournament underway

Angler and 
Olympian Dream Fishing Club team captain Yasuhiko Kagabu, center, poses with the 395-pound Pacific blue marlin he boated. With him is 
Hawaiian International Billfish tournament’s 2010 Miss Billfish, Sonja Ascino
, and JR’s Hooker crew member David Crawford.

The Hawaiian International Billfish tournament began Monday as it has for more than 50 years, with the now legendary phrase: "Start fishing, start fishing, start fishing!"

Taking place through Friday off Kona, the 51st annual "grandfather of all big game fishing tournaments" has 31 teams from around the world -- including five from Australia and Japan, four from New Zealand, U.S. teams from California, Hawaii, Florida and North Carolina plus teams from Canada, Korea, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and Tahiti -- competing for the prestigious HIBT Governor’s Trophy, awarded to the team scoring the highest number of billfish points.

By the end of Day One, 11 teams had put points on the scoreboard, with 15 catches including three boated fish and 12 fish tagged and released. HIBT teams do not boat Pacific blue marlin weighing less than 300 pounds, instead scoring points for their catch and then tagging and releasing them.

Early in the day, the Korea Game Fish Assn., fishing aboard Northern Lights, had a double hook-up. Not quite ready for the double, the team disqualified the first marlin and concentrated on the second. In just 50 minutes, angler Kim Sung Su had boated a 390-pound Pacific blue marlin, winning his team valuable tournament points. "This is my best personal record catch," said Sung Su. "And it’s only the first day of the HIBT!"

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Veteran angler Steve Carson hosting free fishing seminar Monday at Sport Chalet, Marina del Rey

Carson_tuna Veteran angler Steve Carson, whose Irvine Lake fishing reports appear weekly in Outposts, will be hosting a sport fishing seminar Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sport Chalet in Marina del Rey.

Carson will be sharing tips on how to catch more and bigger fish -- and have more fun doing it -- in Southern California, Alaska, Mexico and elsewhere, and covering fish including  albacore, yellowtail, trout and tuna. He'll also discuss teaching kids to fish, and how to hopefully keep their interest up while fishing.

Carson, Penn Fishing University program director, has an impressive resume. He's ranked No. 3 in the world among International Game Fish Assn. membership for the most different species of fish (235) caught on rod and reel; named one of the "Top 30 anglers in the West" by Western Outdoors magazine in 2006; and inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2010. Carson is also a radio personality, outdoors writer, pro staffer for Penn, Rapala, Luhr Jensen, Berkley and Flambeau (to name a few), and tournament director for the Berkley Alaska Grand Slam, Lake Oroville Open Bass tournament and Penn International Baja Grand Slam tournament.

There will also be a prize drawing, with the chance to win an overnight trip from Fisherman's Landing, a pair of admission passes and boat rental at Irvine Lake plus additional prizes from Rapala, Berkley and others.

Admission to the seminar is free, but attendees are advised to arrive early as seating is limited. The Marina del Rey Sport Chalet is in the Via Marina Marketplace, 13455 Maxella Ave.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Steve Carson with a nice tuna caught last fall out of San Diego. Credit: Steve Carson

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Hawaii implements nation's first marine debris action plan


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released news of a sweeping plan to actively assess and remove man-made marine debris from coastal waters and coral reefs on and near the Hawaiian islands.

This is the first such plan implemented in the nation, and hopefully not the last. Marine debris is not only a blight undersea and along shorelines, it is also hazardous to all forms of sea life. Thousands of pounds of marine debris wash ashore each year.

"This rollout demonstrates NOAA’s continued commitment to working with partners from across the state of Hawaii on the issue of marine debris,” David M. Kennedy, acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service, said in a news release. “We are proud to take part in the development of the nation’s first marine debris action plan in Hawaii.”

Numerous agencies have been working with NOAA's Marine Debris program to develop the Hawaii Marine Debris Action Plan. Building on ongoing and previous marine debris community efforts, the plan establishes a framework for activities and projects across the state in an effort to, in part, reduce fishing gear disposal at sea, land-based debris in waterways and the current backlog of marine debris both on land and in the ocean.

Various strategies and activities fall under each of these goal areas, many of them already underway by Hawaii’s marine debris partners. These include emergency response and cleanup efforts as well as prevention and outreach campaigns.

“For too long marine debris has marred the natural beauty of our ocean and threatened our marine ecosystem,” Hawaii Sen. Daniel K. Inouye said.“I am proud that Hawaii is taking the lead in finding a solution to this global problem.”

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Thousands of pounds of derelict nets wash ashore and snag on reefs across the Hawaiian archipelago each year. Credit: NOAA MDP

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2010 ASP World Tour and ASP Women’s World Tour schedules announced


The 2010 ASP World Tour and ASP Women's World Tour schedules have been released, and there has been some shifting of event dates on both circuits in an effort to take advantage of surf conditions and to have, hopefully, fewer lay days.

2009 ASP World Tour champion Mick Fanning will see familiar venues at which to defend his title but new dates for some of them. The Billabong Pro Teahupoo, Tahiti, will be held late August to early September, rather than this year's May dates. The other notable schedule tweak is for the Hang Loose Santa Catarina Pro, Brazil, which is now on the calendar for April rather than July. 

On the women's circuit,  the Commonweath Bank Beachley Classic, Australia, has been moved up to take place in April rather than late September to early October.

“2010 will mark some major changes for professional surfing and the schedule reflects this,” Brodie Carr, ASP International CEO, said. “We’re moving dates of certain venues to ensure that we get the best possible surf. It’s going to be an incredible year for surfing.”

The 2010 schedules are:

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Hawaiian surfers take both ASP Rookie of the Year awards

Hawaii's Coco Ho, ASP Women's World Tour 2009 Rookie of the Year, at a pro surfing event last year.

Hawaiians have swept this year's ASP World Tour Rookie of the Year awards with Kekoa Bacalso taking the 2009 ASP World Tour honor and Coco Ho claiming the ASP Women’s World Tour distinction.

“I’m super stoked to win this award,” Bacalso said in a press release. “My main goal coming into this season was to finish within the Top 27, so to claim the Rookie of the Year award is a bonus and I wasn’t expecting it."

Bacalso, 24, finished 18th in the ASP World rankings, with his best result this season at the second of 10 World Tour events  -- the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia -- where he took fifth.

18-year-old Ho, who finished No. 4 on the ASP Women’s World Tour this year, was the highest-rated rookie and the only rookie-class surfer to win an event this year when she claimed top spot at the Rip Curl Pro Search Portugal.

“This is the best award to win,” Ho said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s great to have won it with five really strong rookies on tour last year. They pushed me really hard and the Rookie of the Year award means a lot to me.”

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Hawaii's Coco Ho, ASP Women's World Tour 2009 Rookie of the Year, at a pro surfing event last year. Credit: Kirstin Scholtz /ASP

Pipeline Masters might conclude Tuesday; can Kelly Slater win again?


The Billabong Pipeline Masters will not resume today because of small surf, but a new swell in the forecast  might be sufficient for the culmination of the season-ending ASP World Tour competition, beginning with the quarterfinals, on Tuesday.

The contest has lost some of its luster since Australia's Mick Fanning clinched the world title on Saturday. But the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series title, worth $50,000, is still on the line and a $50,000 "Triple Threat" bonus will go to the winner of the contest.

Here's a not-so-bold prediction: With Fanning and Joel Parkinson, who was second in the ratings, having been eliminated (Fanning clinched the title in the third round and was defeated in the fourth round), Kelly Slater, a nine-time world champion and last year's Pipeline Masters victor, will win the event for a record seventh time.

Here are the quarterfinal matchups:

-- Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)

-- Flynn Novak (HAW) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)

-- Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)

-- C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: A magnificent view of the Banzai Pipeline, site of the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Credit: ASP / CI / Scholtz via Getty Images

Australia's Mick Fanning is crowned world surfing champion in Hawaii


Australia's Mick Fanning on Saturday was crowned world surfing champion for the second time in three years. Fanning, 28, who went into the season-ending Billabong Pipeline Masters atop the ASP World Tour standings, clinched when fellow Australian Joel Parkinson was eliminated in the third round by wild-card entry Gavin Gillette.

Parkinson, 28, who was dominant early in the season but had faltered of late, was the only surfer with a mathematical chance of catching Fanning at the competition in Hawaii.

“I’m just a bit overwhelmed right now and I don’t quite know what to say,” said Fanning, who subsequently lost his fourth-round heat to Australia's Dean Morrison. “It was hard out there. I was trying to get ready for my heat and then Gavin got that one score as I was paddling out and, I don’t know, I just sort of slowed down.”

Fanning also won the title in 2007. The Pipeline Masters, the final jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, will run to completion Sunday if conditions allow.

--Pete Thomas

Photo: A jubilant Mick Fanning raises his arms in the air after winning the world surfing title.

Credit: ASP/CI/ Cestari via Getty Images

Pipeline Masters to produce world surfing champion -- Mick Fanning or Joel Parkinson


Joel Parkinson dominated the ASP World Tour in the first half of the season, but Mick Fanning seemed to become possessed in dominating the second half and taking the points lead in the race for the world title.

So as the season-ending Billabong Pipeline Masters anticipates a possible start this morning, which Australian surfer has the best chance of claiming the title?

That would be Fanning (pictured left), whose points lead has put all the pressure on Parkinson (right), whose late-season falter was due in part to an ankle injury sustained while training months ago in Bali.

Fanning, 28, who won the title in 2007, can clinch another with a second-place finish. In fact, even if Fanning finishes 33rd through ninth, Parkinson, 28, would need to finish at least third to have a chance of winning his first world title.

“I’ve built up momentum throughout the back half of the year starting at Trestles, and I’m in the lead,” Fanning said. “I guess all of the pressure is on Joel now because he needs to get a third. I’m just concentrating on myself and am going to try and make as many heats as possible and make it as hard as possible for him.”

Of the race coming down to the season-ending contest, at notoriously hollow and powerful Banzai Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore, Fanning added: “I guess surfing Pipeline is like meeting a really big guy in a dark alley and sometimes you escape and sometimes you can’t. It’s intimidating. Everyone’s on the beach watching and you’ve got to go.”

Parkinson, the defending Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion, is coming into the series' final jewel following a victory in the O'Neill World Cup at Sunset Beach. He said: “It’s definitely exciting to see the ASP title come down to Pipe. Mick was in form all throughout Sunset and I feel like I’m in form as well, and it’s going to be a great match-up. Pipeline is one of the most awesome waves ever. It’s close to the beach. It’s a natural amphitheater and it’s only 50 yards out and you’re surfing a wave that could kill you, so it’s pretty exciting.”

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Mick Fanning (left) and Joel Parkinson (right). Credit: SP/CI/Cestari via Getty Images



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