Legends Expression Session 1.21.2012
My travels to Hawaii found me in a position to be able to hang and talk story with Legendary Hawaiian Watermen of the 70’s and early 80’s: Michael Ho, Buttons, Dennis Pang, Bobby Owens, Ken Bradshaw,Reno Abeliera and others. These names listed may be lesser known in comparison with names of today like Jamie O’Brien, John John Florence, Mason Ho, Bruce Irons, Mark Healy, but these Legends are just a few of the many Golden Breed that were king during the 70’s and 80’s. Today, their personal vintage riders sell in excess of thousands of dollars at Randy Rarick’s Hawaiian Vintage Auction held every two years. The value of their boards alone says a lot about who these guys were and are – waterman who rode mountains of water in the Hawaiian State.
I was honored to co-sponsor the ASP Junior Pro held at Sunset Beach and be a part of the mechanics behind the LEGENDS EXPRESSION SESSION held on the final day – Grass Roots Style (like the good old days). Everyone cleared the water for the legends to have their time to surf, have fun, and express their soul and stoke of riding mountains of water in – 6+ foot Sunset, clean offshore conditions. No format, no jerseys, just pure fun fun in the sun! After all was said and done, the session ended in a 4-way tie between Ho, Buttons, Pang and Owens. Plate lunches, free tee’s and cash were shared with all.
So, stoked to be part of the vibe and look forward to next year for a bigger and better event. – Buggs
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