There are really so many wonderful things about living on the North Shore. First and most obviously the beaches and off shore waters. We have miles and miles of white sandy beaches. Green sea turtles and monk seals along with an untold number of other shoreline species sharing this space between the land and ocean with us humans. The North Shore is also know as the Surfing Capitol of the World. The title says it all. Every year a couple of thousand or more surfing enthusiast from around the world join the tight knit North Shore community for 7 months of surfing joy. When the waves are perfect it’s heaven on Earth. When the wind’s blow on-shore and it’s victory at sea, everybody is still happy because the air is clean and filled with the smell of salt. Thirdly the North Shore Sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world. My favorite one happened one evening at Sunset Beach. I paddled out on my boogie board on a good size swell with strong off shore winds and a full moon on the rise…The sheer beautify of nature came together […]
Protecting one’s skin while learning how to surf is very important to many of our surf students. Protecting our skin while teaching our students is also very important to the North Shore Surf Girls…So we usually wear long sleeve surf shirts, long leggings and Coolibar surfing gloves.. A word on the importance of protecting your hands from the sun while surfing; the skin on the back of your hands is very thin and easily damaged by the sun, also when you paddle your surf board the back of your hand facing up and very exposed to the sun….
All the underwater reefs in the world are endangered from many things, including human beings walking on them. So when you take a surfing lesson, go swimming or for a free surf, don’t wear reef shoes. Besides making it hard to; balance on your surfboard and swim, they not only make you look like a kook, (surfer slang for very uncool) reef shoes crush the reef when you walk on ocean floor with them. It’s much healthier for our friends in the ocean for humans to not touch the reef at all.
Gerry Lopez and Rory Russel are some of the North Shore’s most legendary surfers. They both blew minds surfing Pipeline, especially in the early 70’s. Both men are still involved in the surfing world, with Gerry teaching at a recent yoga convention at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore and Rory attending Andy Iron’s funeral on Kauai two years ago. I saw this video below posted on Face Book by Derrick Doerner (Another North Shore Surfing Legend) and had to share it here.
There are many things the North Shore Surf Girls love about teaching people to surf, some of our favorites include teaching people with special needs and teaching young children. Teaching people with special needs especially children is very rewarding and near and dear to our hearts because in part one of our nephews is a special needs guy. Last Summer we taught him to surf and you can imagine the delight he found. Now his goal in life is to master surfing. Young children are also among our favorites simply because they are so adorable standing up on a surfboard as they learn to surf for the first time.
Matsumoto’s Shave Ice is the most popular place to eat shave ice on the North Shore especially after a surfing lesson. Another favorite and equally as good is Aoki’s Shave Ice. Sadly however Aoki’s shave ice is is slated to be torn down in a few short weeks to make way for a new shopping center.
The best way to tan and not damage your skin is to us a fake bronzing lotion. When you tan your skin with the sun while surfing or pay money for a sun lamp you are damaging your skin. The best solution is to be happy with the color of skin your parents gave you and focus on eating good foods and exercising.
Top five list are fun, and since I think surfer girls all have beautiful hair I thought it would be cool to create a list of my favorite surfer girls hair that live on the North Shore.
1. Coco Ho, except for the short time she dyed it dark.
2. Alex Florence, AKA Mom-john, I guess it’s good genes.
3. Beccy Cravins, being a natural red help helps.
4. Button’s daughter, her’s is long, curly and 100% natural
5. Alana Blanchard, she’s from the North Shore of Kauai
Back in the old days 1970’s even beginner surfers had to be excellent swimmers because the surfboard leash had not been invented. Duke Kahanamoku, the Grandfather of modern surfing won 5 Olympic gold medals in swimming because he swam a lot chasing his board down after loosing it surfing in Waikiki. Now days most beginner surfers and even expert surfers rely on a leash attached to their surfboards so that after a fall or wipeout they don’t have to swim to the beach to collect their surfboard which usually got washed to shore by a wave. This has created generations of surfers who have simply spent most of there time in the water on a surfboard rather then swimming to shore like Duke Kahanamoku did for so many years surfing in Waikiki. The result is that over all most surfers don’t swim as good as they used to and probably none as good as the Duke. This is a problem too for our sport of surfing which also has a deeper tradition of being a waterman/women which implies that one is good in all aspects of ocean sports most especially swimming. Although I’ve not answered the question “How important is […]