In January 2020, I remember hearing about China quarantining millions of people and looking out my window, thinking, “I guess I could isolate here. Little did I know that mere weeks later, I would be under some of the strictest quarantine laws in the nation, except for surfing. Hawaii allowed surfing, fishing, and all water sports categorized as essential activities, a testimony to our elected leaders being in touch with the reality of living on an island. The rest of the life in paradise was locked down hard with Kauai leading the way and having a nightly 9:00 PM curfew and mandatory 14-day isolation for all airport arrivals. So with little to do but surf and shop for food, life became pretty simple, fast! With a series of seemingly endless west swells forecast, a daily surf mission with my best friend was the ticket. Dawn patrol started sometime around 8:30 AM after coffee gets consumed and hot water bottles filled for after surf rinsing. Boards and gear tossed into the back on my Nissan surf school truck, and away we went. It was hard passing perfect Pipe each day. Lucky for us secret right-hander we had designated as our goto […]
Surfing on the North Shore can be crowded especially at the more advanced surfing spots…Beginner surfing lessons are usually never crowded because all the pro surfers favor the more advanced surfing breaks on the North Shore. Every once in a few years a special event happens, the South Shore of Oahu including Waikiki has a good south swell and at the same time the North Shore of Oahu has a late winter episode of good surf. This is a North Shore surfers dream come true because all the townies stay in town and us North Shore locals get to enjoy our favorite surfs spots with out the town crowds…
I first paddled out at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in the Winter of 1984 and surfed it almost every day it broke for years and years. I love the place..it’s a super powerful wave, and beautiful beyond comparison. Surfing Pipe is like playing in the very heart of the ocean. Fast forward to 2011 and a great surf I had there just three days ago, my first for this Winter and one of only 10 times I’ve paddled out to Pipe in the past 3-years. What happened, why did I stop riding my favorite wave? Why does anyone stop riding her? The thrill is still there, though the people have changed – most of them anyway. We all get older, our lungs won’t let us paddle as fast or hold our breath as long as we get nailed by huge waves…But, that’s not why we stop or slow down our Pipeline addiction. It’s more of a changing of the guard kind of like – I had my time and now it’s time to make room for the next generation. Just imagine if no one ever stopped surfing Pipeline, we would have about 5,000 people in the water. […]
A very special surfing event happens every year on the North Shore of Oahu. The surfer girls get a day and sometimes two days to themselves at for an all girls surfing contest at the famous Banzai Pipeline. It’s a perfect way to wrap up a day of surfing lessons with the North Shore Surf Girls Surf School.
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What: Pipeline Women’s Pro. The only Women’s surf and bodyboarding event held at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu.
The 21st annual which started as a bodyboarding event for the first 19 years, shortboarding, stand up surfing and a longboarding expression session was added when North Shore surfing legend and women’s advocate Betty Depolito to over the event.
When: April 5 to April 19, 2010 (14-day waiting period)
Where: North Shore, Hawaii, Ehukai Beach Park, Pipeline surf break.
The North Shore is famous for its waves and surf culture.
Who: The best extreme Women surfers and bodyboarders in the World including surfers from Chili, Puerto Rico, Japan, Venezuela, Australia, England, Ireland, USA, Hawaii, Brazil, France and more!
The best place to surf on the North Shore depends upon what kind of surfer you are. For beginner surfers Puaena Point and Freddie Land are the best places to go. If your an intermediate surfer any place up to 6 ft, except Pipeline and Rocky Rights. After the surf gets over 6 ft., every surf spot is for experts only, especially Pipeline, Sunset, Haleiwa, Waimea Bay and all outside reefs. The good news is that if your wanting to learn how to surf we teach our surfing lessons in a protected cove, so even when the surf is huge on the outside we have small and safe 1-2 ft., waves to teach you to surf on.