While the North Shore of Oahu is the official Surfing Capitol of the World no one knows the dates of the professional and amateur surfing contest held annually each year. Not the event directors, competitors, sponsors or the media. For that matter even the government has no idea of what the actual dates are. Why is is? It seems strange considering the huge number of people that could use that information to better plan their lives. The challenge is that in the “real world” people need time to plan. For example if an athlete is going to travel halfway around they need some lead time to get travel visas, etc. Another challenge is in obtaining sponsorship. It’s very challenging to find a “big” sponsor when as the promoter you only have a couple of months lead time because you don’t know the dates of your event. I could go on and on but you get the picture….welcome to Hawaii….