Coconut Wireless – Nov. 14, 2005

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The headline on the cover of the Nov. 11, 2005 Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper summed it up…"Surfers happily besieged by waves on all shores". Yes, life is good lately on the rocks.

The Veterans' day weekend officially begins the ASP circus on the north shore. It's "Haolewood" for sure, as everyone is on one end or the other of a camera these days.

The current Pipeline Master, Jamie O'Brien is back in the water and ripping more than ever after a semi-serious laceration to his ass that sidelined "The Freak" for a week.

Plenty speculation about Dustin E. Gable, 36, the surfer that paddled from Yokohama Bay up to Kaena point area Oct. 27th and was never heard from again. Searches by Lifeguards, HPD, USCG and others turned up nothing, except his intact vehicle with keys at Yokes. No board, no body…

Construction, err, reconstruction, on the famous Anahulu Bridge in downtown Haleiwa has slowed with weather delays. The Rainbow Bridge is getting a complete face lift and will be done by end of November, weather permitting.

Meanwhile, up the coast, construction of the 17 new parking stalls at Ehukai Beach Park seems to have stalled…

And the long promised north shore skate park and new rec. center? All lies or half truths, I guess.

Since Mr. Slater secured his 7th world title at the recent event in Brazil all the talk in Hawaii is about who will take this years Triple Crown of Surfing title. Slater was the youngest to win a world title in 1992, when he was 20, and now the oldest to claim the world title in 2005 at 33 years-old! Will he retire? Shut up!

Meanwhile, the Triple Crown blessing Saturday Nov. 12th at Alii Beach Park 10AM went well but could not stop the dying swell, currently head high or less and perfect, but too inconsistent for competition. The OP Pro and Roxy got from Nov. 12-24 at Haleiwa to score solid surf, then The O'Neill World Cup and Women's Sunset Challenge from Nov. 26 – Dec. 6 and then the men charge Pipeline for the Rip Curl Pro Dec. 8-20 while the women finish off on Maui.

Big props to Hui for putting together the Hui beach clean-up from Ke Iki to Velzyland Nov.13, from V-land on down, free live bands and non-alcoholic drinks all day.