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 it’s beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches and amazing surf spots, so for a surfer it’s truly a dream life to live. However there is a dark side to the North Shore that goes beyond too much traffic on the week ends. 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 over all 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 off set by a record 9 million visitors last year.
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 fine 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’Brian will be competing.
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 describe.
During the surf contest season I’m asked over and over again “how come there are no women’s surfing contest on the North Shore?”. My answer is because surfing is still a very sexist sport and inspite 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 […]
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 your lucky you will see a green sea turtle on the beach or more likely while surfing.
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.
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.
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.
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.