Say aloha to Cayla Moore, our resident ray of Hawaiian sunshine: "I was a water baby. My dad said that I could swim before I could walk. My whole family loves the ocean. Almost every afternoon you can find my dad, sister and I at our home spot Kewalos on Oahu's south shore enjoying the playful lefts and rights. Surfing is a big part of my life because it's a way that I spend time with the ones I love. My friends and I like to surf at Kewalos, watch Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries, go hiking, and just have fun!" Keep reading to catch up on Cayla’s summer so far and be sure to come back to the blog for updates on life in O’ahu and on the road with her sister. Every summer has a story, what's yours?
As evident by half the California workforce calling in sick the last few days, swell from every direction has been slamming the West Coast for a week straight. Hopefully you were able to indulge in some of the magic. But if not, head over to Surfline and live vicariously through the lives of our friends Evan Geiselman, Oliver Kurtz and Michael Dunphy, as they have been scoring for days on end. And now that the swell's starting to fade, get back to work! Photo: Klein/Surfline
Oliver Kurtz is up for Surfline's Punt of the Year. You're legally allowed to vote for whoever you like, but we think you'll find it difficult not to vote for Ollie after seeing his backside, inverted, no grab full-rotator (surf lingo translation: a very insane, very hard-to-do maneuver). So head over to Surfline and give Ollie your vote by dragging his air (which can be seen on slide #11) into the "submit vote" box. Click here.
Oliver is a freak. Not in a like, oh-man-he's-so-gnarly way. Well, that too, but he's just super weird. Zebra shorts and hawaiian shirts. Hair going about 500 different directions. Loves piña coladas — umbrella included, of course. He'll also post the photos girls send him on his instagram, so there's that too. But all this weirdness does translate into his surfing. For instance, doing airs at Pipe. You don't do airs at Pipe. So get weird in slow motion with our weirdest friend, the curious Mr. Kurtz.
Photog 'Jimmicane' Wilson nailed this shot of Oliver Kurtz at a certain San Diego pier last week during the insane run of wintertime swells and summer-type conditions. Oliver was stoked to finally get a session without the crowds and has now set his sights on a Puerto Rico strike mission for Transworld Surf's new movie. We have been told he will be trying to nail clips for as long as economically possible. Check the Full Frame over at stabmag.com.
You can probably tell that this is Oliver Kurtz at Pipeline. But what you can't tell is that this is just minutes after he suffered a two-wave hold down and what he later found out to be a concussion. Ollie explained to us today that he can barely remember what went on in his heat — pretty heavy stuff. And although this buzzer-beating attempt (above) came up just short, Ollie gets the win in our book. It's not every day you see a concussed surfer getting standup barrels…
Click here to watch the Heat on Demand. Photo: ASP
A few weeks back, Oliver Kurtz, Michael Dunphy and Asher Nolan saw some swell on the charts, booked last minute plane tickets and hung out in an island paradise for a few days. Although the waves weren't as good as they hoped, the crew was still able to explore Barbados' Northern fringe, finding a handful of fun, new surf spots along the way. Click here to see the fruits of their labor, and for a photographic recap of their trip, head over to Surfline.
Just when you thought your Friday afternoon couldn't get any more surfy, Oliver Kurtz's hard drive shows up and spits out pure gold. The lost footage from Hawaii, Bali and the East Coast features Ollie going mad in the air as well as rushing some proper tubes at Pipe. Check it out here.
Our friend Oliver is a lot of fun. Mostly because you never know what he's gonna do or say next. You should meet him. Just press play