Op North Shore Makahiki Festival Rocks Haleiwa on Second Day

The {{{Vans}}} Triple Crown of Surfing Series officially begins today, however an unseasonal flat spell has surfers and organizers opting for a lay-day. Waves might be small, but the action’s hot at the third and final day of the Op North Shore Makahiki Festival.

Op gave even more to the Haleiwa community yesterday with the second day of Makahiki three-day Festival, a day that was filled with great sounds and cool vibes. The highlight was the music which ranged from traditional Hawaiian, to Folk, Jazz and Reggae. The relaxed crowd included musicians Jack Johnson, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Pro surfers, Haleiwa locals and tourists of all ages who all came to enjoy the warm sunny day and the festivities of Hawaiian Culture, modern music, crafts and local food vendors.

The day opened with traditional hula demonstrations by Hula Halua Na Lei Nani O Waialua and was then followed by the gentle sounds of the Ohana 3. The day continued to pick up the beat and in between the various bands that played, festival patrons were treated to a mix of great rock and dance tunes by Op surfer DJ Omar Etcheverry.

The first Op sponsored bands of the day were skate-singer-songwriter, Travis Graves, known in the music community as Mt. Egypt, performing his own unique brand of street-inspired folk music and was followed by an upbeat, jazz performance from skateboarding legend and Fender-endorsed guitarist/songwriter Ray Barbee and the Mattson 2.

Local Haleiwa band, B.E.T. had the crowd moving to the local beat which segued into the final performance of the night – {{{Elan}}}, who ended the evening with guests dancing and grooving to the sounds of traditional Island Reggae mixed with funk and {{{80}}}'s new wave pop. Elan, served as the front man for the legendary Wailers and had the crowds out of their seats and on the dance floor throughout his entire performance.

"The second day of the festival exceeded everyone’s expectations in terms of attendance, performance, and revenues. Vendor booths were slammed all day, and the keiki play area was a big hit with the families. Elan and his band really brought the crowd together in unison with his high energy reggae beats to close the show. Good vibes and good times were had by all.” …Eric Crane, Sr. Vice President Marketing, Op.

With only one more day left of the Op North Shore Makahiki Festival, be sure not to miss out in the delicious local foods, traditional Hawaiian crafts, the local sounds of Natural Vibrations, a Surfrider Foundation presentation, and surf films, Bicycle Trip and Pipeline Masters being offered on Sunday. The festival hours are from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Op Pro North Shore Makahiki Festival is made possible by the consideration of supporting sponsors Spin, {{{Jeep}}}, Hawaiian Airlines, Turtle Bay Resort and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The complete holding period for the men’s and women’s Op Pro Hawaii surfing event, stop one on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series, is November 12 to 22, 2006. The event will require five full days to run to completion.

For more information on The Op Pro North Shore Makahiki Festival, please visit www.makahikifestival.com.

For more information on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series, please visit www.triplecrownofsurfing.com.

About Op

Founded more than three decades ago, Op was the first surfboard manufacturer to offer a full range of surfer products both in and out of the water. Today, Op sponsors world class sporting events, athletes, artists and musicians, and merchandise ranging from apparel and footwear to fragrances and accessories. Op, a division of The Warnaco Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WRNC), caters to an ever-growing worldwide youth culture by remaining true to its mission: to create quality products with authenticity and style. For more information logon at www.op.com.