Posts Tagged ‘north shore’

November 2nd, 2013 | By | 157 Comments

SeaMade: The Budget Surf Trip | North Shore Edition A series on surf, cross training and lessons on all things salty by guest blogger, Madison

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The Atlantic isn’t the only ocean synonymous with a November pilgrimage. The North Pacific Ocean really starts to light up in November and surfers all over the world take part in the pilgrimage to the North Shore of Oahu. All those winter swells unleash their power on what’s known as the “7 Mile Miracle” – a stretch of beach that has some of the world’s best reef breaks, all within biking distance of each other. Surfer or not, watching the waves and surfers is an epic sight see in person. There are also amazing hikes, food, and other ocean activities to make Oahu a destination for any tropics lover. And the best part is you don’t have to be loaded to take a dip into the North Shore paradise. If you’re interested in checking it out or want to venture back for more, here’s some of my favorite places that won’t break your wallet.
Photos: Jeremiah Klein, Surfline (more…)

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December 14th, 2011 | By | 5,597 Comments

2011 Billabong Pipemasters: Kieren Perrow Crowned

John John scores 10s, Slater nails buzzer-beater comebacks, and Kieren Perrow (literally held together by duct tape) redeems last year’s finals fail. Pipemasters 2011 was the culmination of a record year of amazing surf on the World Championship Surfing Tour, and most surfers have the scars, staph, and cover-shots to prove it.

After the opening ceremonies came a special blessing in memory of Andy Irons, and a first birthday cheers to his son Axel Irons smiling on the beach with mom Lyndie. The wave gods proceeded to put on a spectacle of bombing surf that continuously drenched spectators like the Shamu Show.

Surfline predicted the swell would break at second and third reef pipeline during the first day of competition, something we haven’t seen since the 97′ Pipemasters. An irregularly sober mood swept the field of surfing’s favorite jokers. Perhaps out of fear for his riders, Jeff Hurley suggested starting to run heats a day early in more contestable conditions. But Slater said “There’s about 100 yards of sand that still needs to wash off the reef, and the wave doesn’t know where to go until this first pulse can push it off” and everyone reluctantly agreed.

Round 1 started with pipe-savvy Hawaiian wildcards like Marcus Hickman, Ian Walsh, and Jamie O’Brien winning 8 of 12 heats, while the visiting CT boys were just happy to make it back to the sand.

Here’s a few post comments that surfers told the SWELL team after their round 1 heats:

“Those were the worst beatings I’ve ever taken in a contest” -Ian Walsh
“Has anyone seen the other half of my board?” -Jamie O’Brien
“I was praying they would postpone the heats until the swell died down” -Kolohe Andino
“I got slapped around so hard, and had no idea which way I was paddling” -Bruce Irons

In Round 2 John John Florence continued his triple crown campaign scoring a perfect 10 and a 9.93 in round 3. But who other than Slater to nearly dash his lifelong hopes of a triple crown title in their quarter final face-off. From the beach it appeared the judges would be accused of another scoring scandal, but decide for yourself in this heat recap.

After losing to Slater, Michel Bourez had to make the finals to steal surfing’s second highest honor, but honorary Hawaiian Kieren Perrow weaved through backdoor to keep the crown in Hawaii with John John Florence.

Kieren earned his first elite victory after 20 years as a touring pro. Only a day earlier he was facing elimination from next year’s tour, but went on to beat Taj, Dorian, Gabriel Medina, Michel, and finally Parko, to become the 2011 Billabong Pipemasters Champion. This smiling 34 yr old Aussie is the surfer’s representative to the ASP, a respected big-wave charger, and a role model family-man.

Even Slater teared up as he announced the victory over the live webcast. Everyone was “over the moon”

Watch thrills and spills from the first day of firing surf.

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December 12th, 2011 | By | 917 Comments

Waimea River Surfing & Cave Diving on Oahu’s North Shore

The SWELL team met up with old lifeguard bros on the Oahu’s North Shore, and they gave a local tip about digging out the Waimea river to create a surfable standing wave. Everyone was itching to get their feet in the wax in preparation for the big winter swells headed for the seven mile miracle.

As the life guards left their towers, Mark Healy and friends grabbed shovels and dug the trench for over an hour before the Waimea estuary began to dribble. Once heavy sand was moved, the force of the river blew out the remaining blockage, and the fresh rain water rolled towards Waimea bay forming chest high peaks.

The board of choice ranged from fins-free squash tails, to boogie boards, to skimboards, but the favorite sled was the Catchsurf board.

To catch the wave, you paddle up-river until you feel the wave begin to hold you in place. Then, pop up keeping your weight forward as not to fall out the back of the wave and get sucked out into the bay. And just like any other wave on the north shore, it flooded with people when word got out that it was pumping.

It only happens a couple times per year, so if you’re ever on the North Shore, ask the locals if they plan to dig the channel

Here are some shots from that day including a stop at the Haliewa Farmers market, cave diving at Shark’s Cove and then back to Waimea for the river surfing session:

December 10th, 2011 | By | 1,815 Comments

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

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