Monthly Archives: February 2018

2702, 2018

The World’s Coral Reefs are Dissolving

By |February 27th, 2018|Environmental Concerns|0 Comments

Is it too late to stop the world’s coral reefs from dissolving?
About a year ago, a friend of mine shared with me that her marine biologist boyfriend had discovered that it appeared that reefs near Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu were crumbling and he didn’t know why.  I remember at the time thinking “this can’t be good”.  Fast forward to 5 days ago Scientific America reports on a new study that increasing acidification is causing  the world’s coral reefs to really dissolve.  Reefs in some sites with the highest rates of acidification are dissolving faster then they can be built up.  The prediction is that by the end of the century most coral reefs will be dissolving away.  What this means for surfing is one thing: what it means for all of humanity is unnerving!

Healthy coral reefs provide a home to over one million aquatic species and income in the billions and millions of jobs for people around the world. In addition to food for people living near coral reefs especially on small islands.  Coral reefs also provide a natural barrier protecting coastal cities, communities, and beaches worldwide from high surf and erosion. The potential for treatments […]

2402, 2018

The Brazilian Bikini on the North Shore of Oahu

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

The Brazilian Bikini on the North Shore of Oahu

The North Shore’s surf spots such as Chun’s and Puaena are known to frequently have young ladies in tiny Brazilian Bikinis floating around.  How is this allowed to happen? Some call the North Shore the Bible Belt of the island?  a nod to the many Christian based churches based here.  The classic old school local girl used to wear board shorts and a -T-shirt at the beach as a way of being modest.  So what happened?  The answer is that in the ’80s a flock of Brazilian Bodyboarders arrived not only wearing tiny bikinis but selling them to all the local surfer girls.  Some even opened bikini shops, married locals and changed the culture for better or worse.  For the record, the policy at North Shore Surf Girls surf school is for all our instructors to wear leggings, not only for modesty but to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays while teaching surfing lessons.


2302, 2018

How to Pack for a Day of Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu

By |February 23rd, 2018|How To Do Things Related to Surfing|0 Comments

How to Pack for a Day Surfing on the North Shore of Oahu. So your planning on a day of surfing on the North Shore and want to be prepared.  To help with this, I’ve created a list below.  Remember that if you don’t have everything on the list Haleiwa Town has at least a half dozen surf shops and a Long’s Drug Store with just about everything you will need for a day of surfing.

Refillable water bottle, I like hydroflasks because they keep your water super cold.
 Reef safe sunscreen
First aid kit in case you cut your feet on the reef
Bathing suite / surf trunks
Rash guard / wetsuit
Surfboard wax
 Two leashes in case one breaks
Sun hat
Cover up for after surfing
Cash to buy lunch

1802, 2018

Threats to North Shore of Oahu’s Green Sea Turtle Population

By |February 18th, 2018|Environmental Concerns|0 Comments

Threats to North Shore of Oahu’s Green Sea Turtle Population

Every year thousands of visitors come to the North Shore to view sea turtles on our beaches.  Although sea turtles are protected on the North Shore, our sea turtle population is on the decline here and worldwide due to poor fishing practices, marine debris consumption, boat props, destruction of nesting habitat, poaching and fibropapillomas.  It’s scary because green sea turtles have been protected from human hunting since the 1970s.

1702, 2018

The North Shore is the Best Place for Beginner Surf Lessons on Oahu

By |February 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The North Shore is the Best Place for Beginner Surf Lessons on Oahu because  we have uncrowded  beaches and excellent surf instructors. The reason our beginner surf spots are uncrowded is that the locals all want to surf bigger, steeper waves. It’s kind of a win/win. It should also be noted all of the surf schools on the North Shore leave a particular, and not to be named beach exclusively for the children in our community. It’s a beautiful example of how our community self regulates. The North Shore also has some of the best water women in the world, which with North Shore Surf Girls training, translates into some of the world’s best surf instructors.

1702, 2018

World Surf League is Giving up on Hawaii for 2019-2020 Surf Season

By |February 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

World Surf League is Giving up on Hawaii for 2019-2020 Surf Season
The World Surf League claimed/confirmed that it will not be running the Pipe Masters on the North Shore of Oahu in 2019.  This is because the City would not agree to let the World Surf League move the Billabong Pipe Masters from being the last event on the World Championship Surfing Tour to be the first event.  Many believe that as the birthplace of both  surfing and pro surfing that Hawaii should always have the honor of being the last stop on the world tour, the World Surf League believes otherwise.  However, it’s been difficult to find out where they want to move the final event too.  It’s hard for me to believe that the World Surf League is giving up on Hawaii.

Below is what is being called a “preliminary” schedule for 20018-2019.  My sources are telling me that it’s far from over with multiple parties filing contested case hearings with the City over the matter.  More as I get it.

HIC PRO – Sunset Beach – Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2018
HAWAIIAN PRO – Haleiwa – Nov. 12-24, 2018

1302, 2018

Today I get My Surfer’s Eye or a Pterygium Removal

By |February 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today I get My Surfer’s Eye or a Pterygium Removal.  After 3o years of blood shoot eyes from too much sun exposure I ‘m finally getting one of my baby blues fixed.  After all this time the pterygium final started to enter the cornea of my eye and is causing my vision to blur.  I’ve always known I would have to have this procedure done; the idea is to wait as long as possible.  One thing I did start doing years ago was not to surf in the middle of the day. My thinking was I could use sunscreen to protect my skin buy no way could I keep a pair of sunglasses on surfing Pipeline.  While it did not stop the pterygium from growing, hopefully, it prevented more dangerous things from developing.  Another benefit of waiting so long is that surgery techniques have improved.  For starters glue is now used instead of stitches.  Also, a skin graph is used on the first go-around rather then  waiting to see if the pterygium will grow back.  Pre instructions for the surgery include no eating or drinking anything for 12 hours prior and no high heel shoes to be worn to the […]

1202, 2018

How to Buy the Right Size Surfboard

By |February 12th, 2018|How To Do Things Related to Surfing|0 Comments

How to Buy the Right Size Surfboard
Beginning surfers frequently buy too small of a surfboard when they buy their first board.    We suggest that you rent surfboards until you get good enough to ride one that is 9 feet or less in length.  Most surfboard rentals are around $20 a day whereas a new surfboard can cost between $500-$1,000.    So for $500 you could get 25 days of surfboard rentals.  In 25 days, you should be able to move down in size at least  a 10 ft surfboard and so on.

1002, 2018

Things to do on your Hawaii Vacation

By |February 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Planning on a Hawaii vacation and are wondering what you should do.  First, don’t stay in Waikiki, it’s kind of like Las Vegas.  There are lot’s of hotels and cement and little of authentic Hawaii left.  Second, plan your activities on weekdays if you can to avoid locals weekend activities.  Third, take a surfing lesson on the North Shore of Oahu.  The North Shore is the birthplace of competitive surfing and features the best surf schools on the island.

902, 2018

Stand up Paddle Boarding is a Must Do on the North Shore of Oahu

By |February 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stand up paddleboarding is a must-do when you visit the North Shore of Oahu.  A 45-minute paddle  up the Anahulu River will thrill young and old You will paddle past green sea turtles on a safe waterway with no waves or currents to worry about.  If you go in the later afternoon you will see the sun setting on the horizon and fall in love with colors too orange to tell.  Stand up paddleboarding is easy, but if you’re nervous in the water or not a good swimmer, get a lesson with an instructor.