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Red Bull seeks teams for third annual Party Wave surf contest

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July 1st, 2016



BRUCE ASATO / 2015 The Gnarl Mania team — Felipe Carvalho as the ring girl, Giacomo Giorli as the referee, Mike Durell as the Ultimate Warrior, Brian Neilson as Nacho Libre, Nick Hunsinger as Hulk Hogan and Benjamin Griffin as Macho Man — acknowledge their fans as they return to shore aboard their wrestling ring themed watercraft at the 2015 Red Bull Party Wave surfing competition.

BRUCE ASATO / 2015

The Gnarl Mania team — Felipe Carvalho as the ring girl, Giacomo Giorli as the referee, Mike Durell as the Ultimate Warrior, Brian Neilson as Nacho Libre, Nick Hunsinger as Hulk Hogan and Benjamin Griffin as Macho Man — acknowledge their fans as they return to shore aboard their wrestling ring themed watercraft at the 2015 Red Bull Party Wave surfing competition.

Applications are currently being accepted for the third annual Red Bull Party Wave, set for Aug. 28 at Queens Beach in Waikiki.

The first 20 “quality team applications” will be accepted by organizers of the event, which requires participants to dress in themed costumes and perform skits on the beach before heading into the water to surf as a team. This year’s competition will also serve as the final event of the annual Duke’s OceanFest, a weeklong festival held in honor of legendary Hawaiian waterman Duke Kahanamoku.

According to the official Party Wave rules, teams must build their own watercraft with a creative theme within the designated time period. Each craft must be entirely self-powered, although team members can use paddles; no sails or motorized elements allowed. All materials used must float and be environmentally friendly.

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COURTESY RED BULL

In addition, all team must have a minimum of three members at least 16 years old and everyone must take part in paddling out and simultaneously surfing at least one wave. Teams will be judged on craft creativity, team showmanship/costume quality and surf performance.

To sign up for this year’s competition, visit redbull.com/partywave.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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UH surfers shoot for Red Bull fame

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October 22nd, 2015



A group of University of Hawaii at Manoa students only have a few hours left to get the votes necessary to advance in the Red Bull Bracket Reel Surf contest.

Surfers Kaikea Elias, Cole Yamakawa, Kylen Yamakawa and editor Alyssa Bokovoy were hand-picked to compete in the head-to-head competition; they got into the water to film the clip posted above. After knocking out the Santa Barbara Surf Crew in the first round, the UH team trails the Monmouth University Surf Club by approximately 150 votes as of 3 p.m.

Voting ends at 8 p.m. today; click here to participate. The winner will advance to a third round and final round of competition, with a "Red Bull Ultimate Surf Experience" up for grabs. The winning team will paddle out with pro surfers Ian Walsh and Jamie O'Brien for a session that will also be filmed by a professional videographer.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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SURFER Poll voting underway

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October 7th, 2014



STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013Surfer Poll Awards host Sal Masekela, left, interviews Kelly Slater on a live feed from the Turtle Bay Resort at the 2013 Surfer Poll Awards. The pre-show arrivals, as well as the awards ceremony itself, will be broadcast live online again this year.

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SURFER Poll Awards host Sal Masekela, left, interviews Kelly Slater on a live feed from the Turtle Bay Resort at the 2013 SURFER Poll Awards. The pre-show arrivals, as well as the awards ceremony itself, will be broadcast live online again this year.

Voting is now underway for the 44th SURFER Poll, an annual public ranking of the top 10 favorite male and female professional surfers by readers of SURFER magazine.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010From left, Mia Irons and Bruce Irons pose for a photo with Sonny Garcia at the 2010 Surfer Poll Awards.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2010

From left, Mia Irons and Bruce Irons pose for a photo with Sonny Garcia at the 2010 SURFER Poll Awards.

Along with top surfers, the awards also honor winners in categories that include Best Barrel, Worst Wipeout, Best Documentary and Movie of the Year.

For the fifth straight year, winners will be celebrated during the Surfer Poll Awards at Turtle Bay Resort. The event debuted in Hawaii under the shadow of iconic local surfer Andy Irons’ death the month prior. A copy of SURFER with Irons on the cover was distributed to those who attended, and many of the winners eulogized their friend while accepting their awards.

Irons, who placed sixth in 2010, continues to get votes each year. He came in at No. 10 in 2013.

This year's SURFER Poll Awards will be held on Dec. 6 at Turtle Bay Resort. To vote in this year’s SURFER Poll, visit surferpoll.com.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Honolulu Club celebrates reopening

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June 20th, 2014



PHOTOS COURTESY THE HONOLULU CLUBTHE HONOLULU CLUB REOPENED AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE AFTER TWO WEEKS OF RENOVATIONS. A GRAND REOPENING PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY AT THE CLUB.

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THE HONOLULU CLUB REOPENED AT THE BEGINNING OF JUNE AFTER TWO WEEKS OF RENOVATIONS. A GRAND REOPENING PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY AT THE CLUB.

Following a two-week closure last month and $3 million in upgrades and renovations, the Honolulu Club is ready to party — and everyone is invited.

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THE SUMMER PARTY

Honolulu Club Grand Reopening Celebration

» Where: Honolulu Club, 932 Ward Ave.

» When: 7 p.m. Saturday

» Cost: $50 general admission, $80 VIP ($35 and $65 for Honolulu Club members)

» Info: (808) 585-9626, honoluluclub.com

Local professionals have utilized the members-only club’s location on Ward Avenue as a convenient destination for a morning workout, quick business lunch or pau hana cocktails for more than three decades. After first purchasing the building in 2008, local businessman Richard Gushman and California-based real estate investor Douglas Emmett moved forward with plans to take over management of the Honolulu Club in May 2013.

“This is a very prestigious brand, and it went … downhill,” said Honolulu Club general manager Troy Henry. “We’re just now getting to the starting blocks of heading in a new direction.”

Henry would know. The Sacramento native has been with the club for nearly eight years, starting as a personal trainer before moving into management. Many of the club’s 156 employees have worked there for an extended period of time, he said. The return to local management and major reinvestment in the club itself have served to reinvigorate both paying members as well as employees.

“All of the equipment is brand new,” Henry said before taking the Pulse on a tour of the facilities on Thursday. “There were some infrastructure changes made (in the lobby) and we opened up our bar and lounge (so) it has a more inviting feel.

“If you go downstairs, there were offices removed and more space opened up, which allowed us to put more equipment in there. … Now in 2014, we’re a full-blown fitness facility and we have amenities that cater to our membership with a social component.”

A VARIETY OF FITNESS CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AS PART OF THE HONOLULU CLUB'S MONTHLY DUES.

A VARIETY OF FITNESS CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS AS PART OF THE HONOLULU CLUB'S MONTHLY DUES.

The social component is the focus of renewed effort to reconnect members with the Honolulu Club’s “glory days,” Henry said. With 64,000 square feet of space on three levels, the club is already an established destination for workouts.

Some of Honolulu’s top personal trainers offer their expertise as part of the club’s monthly dues, and members have access to various fitness classes offered throughout the day. It is also one of the only places in town left to play racquetball.

Despite all the amenities that already come with the club’s monthly dues of $174 — which also include access to a full-service spa (that’s also open to the public), plush locker rooms with upgraded digital lockers, wireless Internet access and up to five hours of validated parking per visit — Henry said members deserve even more. Staying healthy is important, but so is social interaction.

“One thing that’s been lost with the Honolulu Club is the social aspect of it,” he said. “If you go back to its origins, it started as a social club … and that’s something a lot of people don’t recognize. The Honolulu Club was a social club that happened to have a little gym.”

THE HONOLULU CLUB IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES LEFT ON OAHU WITH MULTIPLE SQUASH AND RACQUETBALL COURTS.

THE HONOLULU CLUB IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES LEFT ON OAHU WITH MULTIPLE SQUASH AND RACQUETBALL COURTS.

THE HONOLULU CLUB'S UPGRADED LOCKER ROOMS INCLUDE TELEVISIONS AND DIGITAL LOCKERS.

THE HONOLULU CLUB'S UPGRADED LOCKER ROOMS INCLUDE TELEVISIONS AND DIGITAL LOCKERS.

Saturday’s The Summer Party will serve as a celebration for members who have stuck with the Honolulu Club through its recent transition period, while also opening the club to the public and providing an opportunity to check out all the cosmetic changes in a party atmosphere.

“Everything we do, we’re always keeping our current membership base in mind,” Henry said. “We want to do things to make them happy as well as expose ourselves to a new generation of members.

All three floors of the club will be in use, with live entertainment by Cool Aina, Medium Rare, Fabulous Tradewinds and Kupaoa alongside DJs Jim Browskee, GL and Vince.

“(The Summer Party is) a progressive party,” said Henry. “We’ll have a nightclub theme with appetizers in the lounge. And if you head upstairs to the roof, that’s where we’ll have our main course with the buffet. If there’s any one thing, that’s what I’m the most excited to see. I can’t wait to see what it looks like at night with the stars up there. That’s going to be my favorite.”

Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the club’s pool deck, which will be transformed with an all-white theme to go with a dessert bar, crepe station and specialty cocktails featuring KAI vodka.

Tickets for Saturday’s event start at $50, with discounted admission for current Honolulu Club members. VIP bottle service is available; follow the club’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for the inside scoop on potential last-minute discounts for the late night crowd.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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