The Pipeline Of The South Shore: Sponsor Me Hawaii 2-Star WQS Event Returns To Ala Moana Bowls
Ala Moana “Bowls” is the gem of Oahu’s South Shore. This long, barreling left is a perfect venue for the Sponsor Me Hawaii Ala Moana Bowls 2-star World Qualifying Series because it is arguably the best wave in Honolulu. Hawaii’s premier pro and amateur surfers will square off here on the best two days of surf during June 14-26. According to rising surf star Kekoa Cazimero, Bowls deserves its props as one of the sickest lefts on the planet.
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“Bowls is a world-class wave,” says Cazimero who grew up surfing the hollow lefts of Ala Moana. “It’s a goofy foot’s paradise.”
When south swells roll into Town, Bowls is the place to be because of the high-quality tubes on offer. It is commonly referred to as the “Pipeline of the South Shore” because of the barrels and the fierce pack of local surfers.
“Ala Moana Bowls is the Pipeline of the South Shore because when there are waves out there it’s the same thing as Pipe,” explains Cazimero who is a regular fixture at Bowls. “Pipe is gnarly, not only because of the wave, but the crowd. And, when there are waves at Bowls you can’t just paddle out and expect to catch a wave.”
So when a surf contest is held at Bowls the promise of a four surfers in the water at once, scoring draining lefts is an attractive event for the young, old and bold. Couple this with the chance to score an entry into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Sponsor Me Hawaii Ala Moana Bowls 2-Star ‘QS is a highly coveted victory. For the past two years at Bowls, pro surf contests have scored overhead waves: first at the Macy’s Pro in 2007 and last year at the first Sponsor Me Hawaii Ala Moana Bowls event. Pipeline specialist Flynn Novak won both contests.
“The first event was Macy’s and it was firing…probably the best Bowls I’ve ever seen for a contest,” says Cazimero who has made the semi finals the past two years at Ala Moana. “It was 4- to 5-feet, barreling and everybody was just ripping. The Sponsor Me last year was really good too and everybody was surfing really high performance and pushing each other.”
With the recent south swells rolling into Town, this year’s Sponsor Me Hawaii Ala Moana Bowls 2-star ‘QS event has the potential to be epic. If it’s huge or shoulder high, Bowls is the type of wave that allows a waverider to really open up their surfing.
“If you want to see somebody rip you tell them to go to Ala Moana Bowls and surf that left,” says Cazimero.
If you aren’t on Oahu during the summer then sucks to be you, but you can still watch the action of the Sponsor Me Hawaii Ala Moana Bowls 2-star ‘QS event live on surf.transworld.net.—Daniel Ikaika Ito