The North Shore Lifeguards are the best watermen in the world saving the lives of thousands of visitors to the North Shore each year. They also organize a bodysurfing contest at the Pipeline on an annual basis. Below is a short summary of the contest written by contest director Rick Williams as well as photos.
North Shore Lifeguards
2009 ke kaha nalu hanana ‘o ehukai….when translated literally means bodysurfing experience at pipeline. this seasons event was recently held in very contestable 1-3 foot peaks in front of the lifeguard tower. a record 60 men and women put on a display of waveriding grace, despite the difficult wave size. once again the two man rescue race proved to be the highlight of the afternoon. congratulations to watermen Mike Stewart, Jeff Hubbard, and Ikaika Kalama for schooling all the rest of us…aloha
Bodysurfers getting ready to compete at
the Pipeline on the North Shore of oahu
A beautiful day on the beaches of the North Shore
Learning to surf in Waikiki is OK, but to learn to surf on the North Shore of Oahu is about as authentic as it gets. Below is a list of the pros and cons of each location.
Surfing Lessons in Waikiki
Surfing Lessons on the North Shore of Oahu
Water quality is poor
Waves – flat in Winter
Waves – in Summer super crowded
Beaches imported sand dirty crowded
Very uncrowded – super friendly
Water quality is pristine
Waves fun and safe in winter – due to teaching in a safe protective cove
Waves in Summer fun, uncrowded 1-2 feet
Beaches pristine almost empty
I could go on and on about why it’s better to learn to surf on the North Shore over learning to surf in Waikiki, but the bottom line is that if you do choose to stay in Waikiki a day trip to the North Shore is a must do – so why not learn to surf in the Surfing Capitol of the World – the North Shore?