they just ran a special on surfline about kewalo’s. a very localized spot with the best of surfers. champions are born here! check out Joshua Moniz flying high!!!
and Seth Moniz has always been the barrel magnet. it’s so hard to get barreled out there but not for Seth.
like i said, champions are born here.
ok, i thought this was big rights or something. i have never seen kewalo’s barrel like this before. but i guess Travis scored the gem of the century.
locals only. i always tell me japanese friends “if you try to surf kewalo’s by yourself, good luck on catching even one wave.” every wave here has somebody’s name written on it.
and yes, Joshua Moniz again flying high. so stoked to see this kid surfing so well.
anyway, a great story on surfline with Ezekiel Lau commenting. check it out!
CLICK HERE FOR SURFLINE FEATURE ON KEWALO BASIN!
there was once this little boy. he use to love to play baseball, and then started riding motorcycles. then the next stage was surfing. and once he started surfing, he never turned back. he went from dragging his bodyboard down to the beach at baby queens, then started longboarding, then graduated to the shortboard. that was over 10 years ago. today, this little boy is the rated #1 surfer in the entire united states of america. his name is Joshua Moniz. i still have these awesome memories of Josh as the cutest kid in the world. he couldn’t pronounce my name so he use to call me Uncle Burby. i use to squeeze his cheeks and he loved it. haha. now, i can’t do those things anymore but i can sit aside and watch this fine kid be on the top of his game.
the biggest surf competition in america happened today as Josh won the men’s division in the NSSA championships at huntington beach, california. i watched his final heat and was screaming from my house as he dominated from start to finish!!!
and a lot of people on the beach watched it too as well as people online from all over the world.
he won the world junior champions last year, then is now the top ranked amateur surfer in the usa. i think this kid is on the perfect path to making the WCT tour and beat guys like kelly slater!
and he’s getting better in front of the camera. such a good representation for hawaiians!
Josh is so dark that you can’t even see his face. haha.
only when he smiles you can see his teeth. one dark hawaiian! and can you believe Josh is half japanese?
my sister was right on the beach watching another one of her son’s rise to the top. Seth made the final too and got 4th place but i’m sure he was happy for his big brother as he carried him up the beach. photos like this make me cry. the Moniz family is solid and will keep on rising to the top! congratulations again Joshua, i am very very proud of you!
“Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
today was just one of those days. had 2 extra spots on Mayuki so called Joshua and Seth. they just got back from Equador so i’m sure they wanted to get into the water. not to surf, but to fish and dive.
i just customized my mask to hook up a camera on the top. i haven’t done it in a while and was really looking forward to the photos and video. so far, so good. in fact, so excellent!
Uncle James teaching Seth how to set up his fishing pole. we call it “passing it down.”
then Uncle Kyle teaching the kids too. pretty much passing down experience and knowledge to the kids is what hawaii is all about.
then we load up Mayuki with our gear, lots of gear.
first test shot with my camera. perfect! the conditions were probably the most dangerous i’ve ever been out in the open ocean. if it was any other boat, it would have sank today. 8′ open ocean swells with some breaking into the boat. it was the kids first blue water experience and i’m glad i took them out to the worst conditions ever. anything after this is going to be easy for them.
i’m testing out my gun and line. i want to make sure i can dive deep enough so my line doesn’t hinder my decent. i went down 70′ with ease and i felt like staying down there and meditating. just so relaxing! look how small everybody looks. haha.
then Mr. Shark decided to give us a visit. these galapagos sharks can get aggressive. i just love to dive down into their world and look into their eye. just pure beauty!
no, i’m not even thinking about spearing him, i’m just keeping him away so he cannot bite off my head.
then we went fishing. these kids are so funny. just watching them trying to figure things out makes me remember myself when i was their age. i’m sure they will be bringing home fresh dinners for years to come.
i love my nephews. they are turning out to be very respectful young men. just enjoying life and soaking in everything. can’t wait to take them again!
then i took the girls to the pool this afternoon. after we had a wonderful dinner and great time. they were in the back seat saying phrases. one stuck out was:
“DON’T WAIT FOR THE PERFECT MOMENT
TAKE THE MOMENT AND MAKE IT PERFECT!”
this is exactly what i did today and will do everyday.
i will make every moment as perfect as i can!