Besides checking the state of your holdings in banana stock, if you've been keeping up on your Ecuadorian news you may have seen that Round 1 of the 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships is in the books. And with that it's safe to say that both Hawaii and the U.S. have come out of the gates with some kind of gumption. Quickly scanning the round's results, it appears every single surfer from both squads won their heats today, which I'd say is a good state. Of course it's early days and we're a long way from anything, but who doesn't love a little early success.
On a related Hawaii/U.S. note, I'm about to beat the stuffing out of a dead horse here, but no matter how many times it's been explained to me I still don't totally understand why the surf world fails to recognize Hawaii as an actual state in our Union. I mean, I get it, Hawaii's the birthplace of surfing, there's the issue of respect, and blah, blah, blah. But let me put it to you like this: We can all agree that our president, Barack Obama, is from Hawaii, Town to be specific. But he didn't run for the office of President of Da Islands, he ran for President of da United States. We can also agree that save for a few ring-wing wackos, he's presumed to be a citizen of the United States. Yet, if Mr. Obama had surfed instead of ran for office he would have been a distinguished member of the Hawaiian contingent. What the f**k?
And on the basketball tip, it's not like the U.S. has the Dream Team with Koby and LeBron and everybody, and then there's another conglomeration of hardcore, inner-city streetballers because that's where the game's developed. No, it doesn't work like that. So anyway, there's my rant, maybe somebody can clarify for us all. If Australia is our agreed-upon common enemy, shouldn't we stop struggling against each other?
And don't even get me started on Puerto Rico. Ha, just kidding. Anyway, in coming days we'll keep bringing you more action from Ecuador, we've got some sweet video and bitchin' photos in the works for you. Until then, whether you're for Hawaii or America, wave that flag...and check out the photos from the opening ceremony.