Monthly Archives: January 2018

3101, 2018

Living the Dream on the North Shore of Oahu – Yes and No.

By |January 31st, 2018|Musings|0 Comments

Life on the North Shore of Oahu can be a little bit blissful for some of us.  We call it “living the dream”.  It’s a term usually saved for those of us who get to live and work at the beach.  The North Shore is known for its beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches  and fantastic surf spots, so for a surfer, it’s genuinely a dream life to live.  However, there is a dark side to the North Shore that goes beyond too much traffic on the weekends.  For starters the cost of owning a home is out of reach for many of the locals who are a part of our close-knit community. 
Along with housing, there is a growing divide between the haves and the have nots.  It’s a reflection of the overall high cost of living in Hawaii.  The Aloha State, for the first time anyone can remember, actually had a net decrease in the number of people living here a number offset by a record 9 million visitors last year.

3001, 2018

Volcom Pipeline Pro on Oahu’s North Shore

By |January 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volcom Pipeline Pro on Oahu’s North Shore
The 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro is on today at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore.  The event is  a Men’s QS pro surfing event, with again no women’s division.  It will feature a field of 144 men and no female surfers.  Gender equality in the year 2018 brought to you by the beautiful people at Volcom and the World Surf League.  With that off my chest, it should be a fun event to watch as North Shore local boys, including John John Florence and Jamie O’Brien, will be competing.

3001, 2018

Sunsets to Orange to Tell

By |January 30th, 2018|Musings|0 Comments

One of the beautiful things about surfing and living on the North Shore is that I get to watch beautiful sunsets almost every day.  The colors that fill the sky as the sun kisses the ocean fills my heart with a warmth that words can never do justice.

Paddle boarder and surfergirl enjoying a North Shore Sunset.

2801, 2018

How to Give your Children Surfing Lessons

By |January 28th, 2018|How To Do Things Related to Surfing|0 Comments

If you want to give your children surfing lessons it’s critical that you know how to surf very well yourself.  You don’t want your child to get hurt whiling learning to surf.  If  you don’t surf and are not a skilled waterman or women leave teaching the sport of surfing to your child to a professional.  If you are an expert on a surfboard then the best way to start is by riding tandem with offspring.  Tandem surfing with a child is super safe and a great way to be able to coach your child in real-time.  Tandem surfing is also a great way to bond with your child.

2701, 2018

Why are There No Women’s Surfing Contest on the North Shore?

By |January 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

During the surf  contest season I’m asked over and over again “how come there is no women’s surfing contest on the North Shore?”.  My answer is because surfing is still a very sexist sport and in spite of Hawaii having some of the strongest gender equality laws in the United States, the surf contest permitting process does not allow for gender equality.  One of the problems is that a contest promoter can submit a surf contest application that looks like it has gender equality, however, upon closer inspection, it’s the furthest thing in the world from that.  For example, a surf contest promoter will say that they have a women’s division, but severely restrict the number of women they allow to compete to a single heat of 4- 6 individuals.  The results being that they run a 3-day event with over a hundred male competitors surfing for 23.5 hours out of the 24 hours of surfing competition time allowed under the permit.  Equal prize money?  Forget about it!  No prize money for the women at all is the standard.  How is this good old boys system allowed to continue?  The City and County of Honolulu’s permitting process is done only […]

2701, 2018

Best Place to Learn to Surf on Oahu

By |January 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The best place to learn to surf on Oahu is Puaena Point on the North Shore.  Puaena Point is located in a protected cove near the town of Haleiwa.  It’s known for long gentle waves with little currents, perfect for beginners learning to surf.  There is free parking and a public bathroom with cold water showers at this location.  If you’re lucky you will see a green sea turtle on the beach or more likely while surfing.

2501, 2018

Best Places to Watch the Sunset on the North Shore of Oahu

By |January 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The best place to watch the Sunset on the North Shore of Oahu is either Sunset Beach or Turtle Bay Resort Pool Bar on a Friday night.  Choose sunset beach if you want to enjoy the cool sand in your toes and perhaps a romantic walk with a loved one as the sunsets over the North Shore’s blue pacific ocean as surfers frolic in the crashing waves.  Choose Turtle Bay Resorts Pool Bar on a Friday  if you want great mai tais and awesome live Hawaiian music and a crowd of happy tourist.  A note to the wise, check the sunset time online before you go and plan on getting to your  watching location at least 45 minutes before it goes down.  The sunsets faster then you think and you may be stuck in traffic on Kamehameha hwy at that magic moment if you don’t plan correctly.

2401, 2018

Congratulations to professional Surfer Billy Kemper for winning the WSL Sunset Open Surfing Contest

By |January 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

North Shore and Maui surfer boy Billy Kemper and Two-time Pe‘ahi Challenge winner won the the World Surf League Qualifying Series Sunset Open surfing contest yesterday.  It’s amazing to watch this young man charge so hard.  In my eye’s he’s still a 5 year old boy.  (Lisa, his mother is a good friend and I watched Billy grow up).  Super proud of Billy’s achievements and look forward to many more years of surfing accolades from this outstanding human.

2301, 2018

Health Benefits of Learning to Surf

By |January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There are many health benefits from learning to surf.  The first benefit from learning to surf is increased fitness.  Surfing is a very physical sport and you will get more healthy the longer you do it.  The second benefit of learning to surf is a increased feeling of calm and peace.  Surfing can also be a very spiritual experience with the ocean being the Church of the Open Sky for some people.

2201, 2018

Surf School Daz

By |January 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Surf school daz starts with waking up before the sun and setting up our North Shore Surf Girl company tent at the beach. Next we go to our favorite coffee shop in Haleiwa for our morning coffee.  Then it’s back to the home office to organize the day.