Joel Centeio wins Macy´s Kewalos event & Series title
Serfies event #5/5
Kewalos Basin, Oahu
5 June 2003
Joel Centeio wins it all
The Macy¹s E-Series wrapped up today in excellent 2-4 foot surf at Kewalo Basin. Surf was rising and conditions changing throughout the day adding excitement as the heats progressed.
It was Makakilo¹s Joel Centeio that endured. Twenty year old Centeio was patient picking waves carefully earning him big respect and high scores from the judges. ³He¹s working this system to the death.² said head judge Jack Shipley. Shipley was referring to the two wave scoring system that the ASP, Association of Professional Surfers, adopted last year.
³The key was being patient and waiting for the right one that I could do my thing on,³ said Joel, ³I waited for the lefts and scored. I feel great winning a third event out here and I feel confident and hope that I make the WCT next year. I thank Macy¹s for putting on a great series for the Hawaiian guys and I¹m looking forward to surfing in these when I¹m home next year.²
Centeio won three events back to back at Kewalo Basin, very, very impressive. Not surprising though. Centeio has been working on it. Trying to get the edge both in mind and body. * Workouts have included swimming 3 or 4 days a week at Kamehameha in the wee hours of the morning. Centeio should kick okole representing Hawaii around the world in the years to come.
In second place was Jason Shibata. Shibata, 22, was pushing airs and super hard off the tops all day. Victory be sweet, he landed one in the final to cheers from the crowd. ³ I surf here most of the summer and I feel really comfortable,² said Shibata after the event. ³ The airs, well there are some of the best surfers here and the airs score so that¹s what I was thinking, score. This was great, we got a lot of practice with the computer scoring system, that helps us around the world.²
Sneaking up on the crowd was North Shores¹s Jamie O¹Brien. O¹Brien wowed everyone with his loose, aggressive tail sliding style. O¹Brien consistently executed magical maneuvers, disappearing and reappearing out of the whitewater several times throughout the day. All were in agreement, the most fun to watch!
Deservingly fourth place went to Nathan Carroll, also from the North Shore. Carroll¹s backside powerful slash attacked was very impressive. Carroll just fell short of good waves in the final!
What: Macy¹s E-Series is a new surfing series of 5 events for the elite surfers in the Hawaiian islands between the ages of 17-28. The series will be held at different venues around Oahu from February through May with the championship event in June at Kewalo basin. The top 48 surfers will be invited to this final showdown for the overall MACY¹S E-Series title.
When/Where: Event schedule (see below)
WHO: Hawaii¹s hottest surfers will be competing in the series. Shawn Sutton, Hawaii¹s HPAC Champion and world tour competitor is a prime example of the talent that will be surfing in the series. Haleiwa International winner Flynn Novak will compete as well trick master Hop Tong Smith of Honolulu. HASA¹s, (Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association), best competitors will be in the mix. Names like Macy Mullen, Danny Fuller, Nick Mita, Jason Shibata, Billie Choy our National Amateur Champion will be ripping it up.
WHY: MACY¹S worked with HASA to create a unique competition specifically for Hawaii¹s top young surfers. This series gives the elite young surfers an opportunity the gain much needed contest experience without having to travel outside Hawaii.This launches the best to new levels to represent Hawaii around the world.
# 1 : Cheyne Magnusson wins at Macys E-Series event # 1
# 2 : Fred Patacchia wins Macys E-Series event #2
# 3 : Macy Mullen wins Macy´s E-Series #3 at Kewalo Basin
Macy´s E-Series dates - When/Where:
February 8 & 9 Maili Point/Sandy Beach
February 22 & 23 Sandy Beach/Tracks
March 22 & 23 or 29/30 Kakaaka or Kewalo Basin
April 26 & 27 Ala Moana/Diamond Head
June 5 & 6 Kewalo Basin
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HASA-Contests - Surfersvillage