Best Place to Eat on the North Shore – Opal Thai – Haleiwa, Hi

December 10th, 2011 | By | 1,881 Comments

After a lot of searching we finally found the best place to eat on the North Shore. This food truck turned restaurant was the perfect place to grab a bite after a long day at the beach. Incredible food and service made this place stand out on our 7 Days on the 7 Mile Miracle excursion.

When ordering our food the server and owner, Opal prompted us to put down our menus and tell him what exactly we were craving. Instead of having us blindly pick items on the menu, he custom tailored the meal to our liking and told us to run across the street to grab some beers. After returning with some coldies, Opal put our beverages in the back fridge, cracked one of his own, and joined us in a toast. The restaurant really felt like a home away from home. Slater and Cunningham knew what was up and also dined here the night before the Pipemasters.

If you are in Haleiwa you need to stop by this place. You won’t be disapointed. It’s located next to the Longs Drugstore in town.

The place is pretty new (2 months or so) and unlisted on Google Maps. Also the Yelp! address may be incorrect! It can be found in this general area http://bit.ly/rUUKYF

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It’s Back (Get It?)…the 2012 Miss Reef Calendar

December 9th, 2011 | By | 2,476 Comments


It’s the gift you’ve been waiting for all year….the 2012 Reef Girl Calendar. And this year, it’s not just a locker lining (although we’d bet you the SWELL site that it ends up in many-a-school-locker this year). This Miss Reef, version 2.0, is bigger, better, and more suited for your coffee table. Luckily for you, it is still contraindicated for work coffee table use- depending on said work place of course. Behold: the magical gift that you can enjoy, and your mom/girlfriend can evil-eye, for (at minimum) 12 glorious months. Wow, you’re really reading this instead of replaying the video?! Kudos to you. Get yours (and plenty of extras for friends, stocking stuffers and creepy uncles): the 2012 Miss Reef Calendar

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December 8th, 2011 | By | 3,747 Comments

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Surfer Poll Awards 2011 -Biggest Party on The North Shore

December 7th, 2011 | By | 5,781 Comments

Last night’s Surfer Poll Awards celebrated the year’s standout performances in the world of surf. Instead of rating surfers for their contest results, Surfer Magazine tallies the votes from fellow surfers and fans voting online. Criterion usually encompasses style and personality in and out of the water…and the awards show had plenty of both.

With the buzz from the richter scale swell due to detonate on the opening day of tomorrow’s Pipemasters, nervousness and gitters added to the pressures of speaking to the crowd of over 1,000 legendary attendees. Security was tight, but any north shore security guard gets distracted by hot chicks just long enough to slip past. Peligroso tequila loosened up the nominees, and the speeches ranged from shy, to high, and hilarious.

Emcees Sal Masacala, and Freddy Pattachia didn’t hold back any punches as they used the industry’s inside jokes against everyone on stage. Carissa Moore dedicated her award to WCT mens surfer Dusty Payne, and the gal pal jokes kept coming. But he wasnt the only super fan of the womens tour, many speakers mentioned their displeasure of not having a Womens Triple Crown of Surfing on the in Hawaii this year.

The big suspense of the evening was whether Dane Reynolds or Kelly Slater would take the No.1 prize, but Dane settled for second yet again. All awaited his quirky, awkward comedy relief and he didn’t disappoint, ” I surfed pipeline today…that was a humbling experience. I saw the Pipemasters heat draw today…that was also quite humbling. Jamie (O’Brian -Pipemaster) have mercy on my soul, please. Thanks to everyone who voted for me because lets face it, I’ve made it pretty hard to be a fan of me this year.” Dane also took the award “Best Digital Short” for his aptly named flick “Lost Interest” shot during his no-show period on tour this year.

Kelly accepted his 17th poll-topping award, thanking the Miller family, cracked what we think is a joke, then gave his expert analysis the conditions for the 2011 Pipemasters, “I saw Jamie O’Brian at pipe today and he said if WaveJet paid him 20K, he’d surf their motorized surfboard during the conteest. But, there’s about 100 ft of sand on the reef that shouldn’t be there. Hopefully it get washed away before the swell, because right now the wave doesnt know where to go.”

After the show, everyone headed over to the new Surfer Magazine bar at the Turtle Bay Resort where the girls again stole the spotlight…this time on the dancefloor.

Here’s the final results from the 2011 Surfer Poll Awards

Top 10 Male Surfers

1. Kelly Slater
2. Dane Reynolds
3. Owen Wright
4. Julian Wilson
5. Taj Burrow
6. Mick Fanning
7. Joel Parkinson
8. Jordy Smith
9. Andy Irons
10. Bruce Irons

Top Five Female Surfers

1. Carissa Moore
2. Coco Ho
3. Stephanie Gilmore
4. Alana Blanchard
5. Sally Fitzgibbons

Movie of the Year

Year Zero

Best Barrel

Alex Gray -Teahupoo Uncut

Best Cinematography

Come Hell or High Water

Best Digital Short

Lost Interest

Best Documentary

Splinters

Best Performance

Josh Kerr -Kerrazy Kronicles

A.I. Breakthrough Performer Award

John John Florence

Heavy Water Award

Nathan Fletcher -Teahupoo Uncut, Get-N-Classic

Worst Wipeout

Rodrigo Koxa -Teahupoo Uncut

Watch the 2011 Billabong Pipemasters live Dec 7 here