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Monday, September 7, 2009
Updated: June 15, 12:16 PM ET
Town Over Country

Keanu Asing was the only surfer voted on to both teams by the fans. Luckily for the South Shore, Asing decided to punt big airs for the Town team.

The Red Bull Rivals, an invite-only affair that looked more like a Labor Day beach party than a surf contest hardly disappointed...especially for a handful of South Shore surfers. So, with Brazilian-bikini-clad booties lining the shore, Red Bull guzzling groms running amuck, a DJ spinning the latest jams, including a several leaked tracks from Jay-Z's unrealeased album Blue Print 3, and BBQs firing up in the parking lot, the team of South Shore surfers handily dispatched their brethern from the North Shore.

Held over at Sandy Beach on the east side of Oahu, an east swell provided contestable, shoulder-high peaks across the treacherously shallow Half Point reef—a notoriously, tricky break with late takeoffs and sketchy sections over coral heads, it couldn't stop the Town team from edging out The Country 17-15.

The alley-oop that inspired a 13-4 run, Jamie O'Brien and the North Shore team put a good fight which made for a great show.

The South Shore team dominated the first two rounds of competition and seemed to have the event in the bag until The North Shore boys, led by a Jamie O'Brien alley-oop, went on a 13 to 4 run. Fortunately, Dustin Cuison sewed up the victory by beating TJ Barron, and Jun Jo disposed of young pup Kalani David. In the end the South Shore to squeaked out a close victory, claiming bragging rights, and more importantly, as specificed at the start of all this madness, the winners got the losers surfboards.

The South Shore team, better known simply as Town, utilized a slight home field advantage over their opponents, with local knowledge from Eastside natives Jun Jo, Kolea Fukumitsu and Kekoa Cazimero playing a valuable role. All three surfers grew up surfing the tricky peaks at Sandy Beach and served as assistant coaches on the South shore squad.

Probably the last time Sandy Beach saw this much action from a surf contest was back in '86 at The Gotcha Pro.

"You have to know the break to really link up a wave from Half Point to Pipe Littles and we tried to utilize that," says Kekoa Cazimero, who is a 20-year-old, die-hard Sandy's local. "It was definitely good to have home field advantage for an all-around sick event."

Both stacked teams flared up in the 10-minute, man-on-man heats, making the action face-paced and spectator-friendly. Teams decided the heat match-ups that made things extra interesting and added more strategy to the competition. The team aspect of Red Bull Rivals kept the pro surfers on the beach, alongside the fans and frothing over sick maneuvers. South Shore wahine Carissa Moore enjoyed the unique format and camaraderie of this contest.

"It was super fun and I didn't know what to expect really, but it was really fun to be apart of a team," said Moore. "The contest format was pretty sick because it was sort of like an expression session heat and I liked it. Hopefully, this will go somewhere anwe can do it again."

The only girl on the South Shore squad, Carissa Moore was psyching on the team camaraderie.

In hopes of continuing the future of the Red Bull Rivals and to share Aloha with the community, the South Shore Team is donating their spoils of victory (the North Shore Team's boards) to local non-profit groups. According to Jason Shibata this contest was an all around success and pleasure to compete in.

"This is one of the best events I've ever done and to have Red Bull support an event like this is killer," said Shibata who fronted the South Shore team. "This event was so good—it's good for the spectators, it's good for the sponsors, and it's more of an event put on to give back to the people and the place instead of a money-making thing."

Da Rosters:

South Shore (Town):
Jason Shibata
Kekoa Cazimero
Jun Jo
Nick Mita
Dustin Cuizon
Randall Paulson
Kolea Fukumitsu
Ezekiel Lau
Keanu Asing
Isiah Moniz
Carissa Moore

North Shore (The Country):
Jamie O'Brien
Derek Ho
Mason Ho
Sean Moody
Kalani Robb
TJ Barron
Makua Rothman
Sol Ortiz
Sheldon Paishon
Kalani David
Alessa Quizon

The Town Team displays their winnings before they're donated to various Hawaiian charities. It's all about Aloha in Hawaii at the Red Bull Rivals.