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HALEIWA TOWN

Located on the north shore of Oahu and is our biggest town we have here on this side of the island.  The town is filled with every shop you could ever want to visit.

Coffee gallery is filled with our local cover growers, there are multiple surf shops to suit the famous towns reputation of the world famous surfing mecca.

And of course the most famous matsumotos shave ice to quench your shave ice desires!matsumoto-shave-ice

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Hawaiian sea turtles are also very close by to the town and just waiting for you to come and say hello!

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Surf lessons on oahu

Aloha Everyone! With all of those surf lessons out there, its hard to know which school to choose!  While choosing a surf school first make sure that school is legal and permitted.

Make sure that school is safe and do they have lifeguard experience. TRIPADVISOR.COM  Also has some very honest reviews that families like your self have come to take lessons and give the real story about how that surf school really is.

So Good luck in choosing and school and of course coco and kaya and I hope you choose us so we can go surf with you!

much aloha and hope to see you in the water soon!

Suzy, coco and kaya!

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Eddie surf contest Went!

After 31 Years, The 2016 “Eddie” Goes Down as the Biggest in History.

 

WAIMEA BAY, Oahu/Hawaii (Thursday, February 25, 2016) – John John Florence (HAW) brought a new style and a new generation to big wave surfing today by winning the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, a World Surf League Specialty Event, in waves of up to 60-feet. Florence won $75,000 – the biggest purse in Big Wave riding, with a 4-wave total of 301 out of 400 points.

 

“I was excited just to be part of the event,” said Florence. “I was so nervous, I thought, oh gosh, I just gotta get through this day and hopefully get a couple of waves!

“I was riding my bike down here this-morning in the dark and just the energy of how many people were parked all the way down the street. I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never seen it like that. Walking down the beach, like Uncle Clyde was saying, people just screaming, and the energy was so crazy. I’ve never been a part of an event like this. It’s definitely the highlight of my life for sure.

“Biggest of all, I want to say thanks to the Aikau family and Quiksilver for putting on this amazing event. I’ve only seen it run a couple of times in my life so to be a part of it, to be surfing in it, and to actually win it is such a dream come true…against all these legends. These guys are my heroes since I’ve been growing up. And thanks to my mom and my family and all my good friends who are here.”

Former event winner and younger brother to Eddie Aikau, Clyde Aikau (HAW) found a few good rides in Heat 3. The Hawaiian announced at the opening ceremony in December 2015 this will be his last time competing in the event commemorating his brother. “Is Uncle Clyde ready to ride?” the surfer mentioned in an earlier interview. “Yes.”

“Biggest of all, I want to say thanks to the Aikau family and Quiksilver for putting on this amazing event. I’ve only seen it run a couple of times in my life so to be a part of it, to be surfing in it, and to actually win it is such a dream come true…against all these legends. These guys are my heroes since I’ve been growing up. And thanks to my mom and my family and all my good friends who are here.”

Florence, 23, edged out previous event winner Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) with a late charge in his second round heat, posting his top two rides of the day during a flurry of gigantic waves. Better known for his year-round pursuits on the WSL Championship Tour, Florence is fast forging himself a place at the head of the big wave riding movement that is regarded a discipline all its own.

The energy on the beach has been electric, with cheers erupting across the coast from every ride and standing room only for as far as the eye can see. The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau 2015/16 will be a memorable year, going in down in the books as some of the biggest waves ever ridden in the event’s 31-year history.

Third place today was Shane Dorian (HAW); fourth went to Jamie Mitchell (AUS); fifth was Kelly Slater (USA); and sixth was Makuakai Rothman (HAW).

A capacity crowd of 25,000 lined the headland-to-headland arena of Waimea Bay, witnessing eight hours of uninterrupted, mind-blowing entertainment. They roared and gasped as the 28-man field offered up fearless rides and more than a few horrific wipeouts from sun up to sun down.

Today’s conditions were the most epic ever for an “Eddie” and will surely go down as the greatest one-day Big Wave event in history. The emotions and energy were on overload with what surfers were calling “Brock’s Swell,” in honor of long-time Eddie invitee and Hawaii Big Wave rider Brock Little, who lost his battle with cancer just last week.

Those who rode today were nothing short of gladiators, armed with surfboards of up to 11-feet in length that were still dwarfed by the ocean’s tonnage. They pitted world-class skills along with their lives against the adrenaline-inducing display of Mother Nature.

The undeniable crowd favorite, drawing a standing ovation wave as he walked from Waimea Bay Beach Park to the shoreline, was 66-year-old Clyde Aikau – Eddie Aikau’s younger brother, who has contested all nine Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational events through 31 years, declaring this to be his last.

In all, 141 dramatic rides were logged today, including gutsy charges by Eddie Aikau rookies Koa Rothman (HAW) and Mason Ho (HAW); last minute Alternate starters Danilo Couto (BRZ) and Ben Wilkinson (AUS); and emotionally charged, seasoned rides by Slater and Dorian, in memory of close friend Brock Little.

The world famous Hawaiian Water Patrol were the bedrock of today’s event, without whose support the organizers would never have been able to call the day “on.” Their safety support and assistance in harrowing moments will see every surfer return home safe tonight.

At times it was as if there were two spectacular events going on at the same time as surfers dropped down feathering walls, and a fleet of rescue jet-skis gunned to outrun avalanches of water as they bolted towards beach or horizon.

Along with the Water Patrol support was the added layer of confidence athletes had with the Quiksilver x Aqua Lung Inflatable Vest – a technology that didn’t exist when The Eddie was last held in December of 2009. Only three of the 28 athletes today competed without a vest.

“It was actually nice to have it, to have the option,” said Ross Clarke-Jones. “Because if I don’t wear it, then I’m going to get hammered. I chose to wear it and I didn’t need it till the last wave. It was the last wave and I thought I’ll pull it anyway because I got pounded and it just came out like a breeze. It’s an incredible piece of equipment.”

Each surfer contested two rounds of 1-hour, 7-man heats, with their top four scoring rides at the end of the day producing their final event score. Each ride was scored out of a total of 100 points, with size of wave, critical nature of the take-off, and successful completion of a ride all factors.

Oahu’s Aaron Gold was awarded today with the The Quiksilver GO Challenge for a massive wave ridden at Pe’ahi a month ago that has been estimated at more than 70 feet. The special award was offered up to all Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Invitees and Alternates for the biggest, most critical wave ridden in the Hawaiian Islands during the holding period of this event up to today. Gold won $10,000 for his efforts.

The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is the original one-day, Big Wave surfing event, started in memory of Hawaiian waterman, Waimea Bay lifeguard and Big Wave pioneer Eddie Aikau. What started 31 years ago to pay tribute to Aikau, has grown to become an almost mythic event whose elusiveness has only fueled its global appeal. The Eddie only runs when wave face heights reach a minimum of 40 feet at Waimea Bay… a day so rare it has only happened nine times in 31 years. Today was one of those days.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Final Results:

1> John John Florence (HAW) – 301

 

2> Ross Clarke-Jones (AUS) – 278

 

3> Shane Dorian (HAW) – 270

 

4> Jamie Mitchell (AUS) – 249

 

5> Kelly Slater (USA) – 249

SURF LESSONS ON OAHU

There are many surf schools on Oahu!  It is hard to choose from so many schools!  When your choosing your surf school for yourself or your family just make sure the surf school is a permitted schools that has safety certifications.

make sure the school is capable of looking out for your safety for you ad your family!  Many schools put up websites and advertise lower prices, but are they really certified to teach you and safety trained in helping you have a fun safe surf lesson for you and your family.

I have been a lifeguard safety trained surf instructor for years and specialize in keeping people safe and making sure you have a great time and!IMG_3377

hope to see you all soon!

aloha

suzy

NORTH SHORE OF OAHU AND PIPELINE

North Shore, Oahu

If there is such a thing as a perfect wave, you’ll likely find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world, while summer waves are far smaller and more gentle – all of which makes the North Shore the perfect surf spot for beginners and veterans alike.

Stretching for more than 7 miles, the beaches of the North Shore host the world’s premier surfing competitions during the peak, winter months, including the Super Bowl of wave riding, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November – December). Stroll in the thick sands of Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach — just leave the surfing to the pros.

The months between November and February are the best times to watch big wave surfing. These massive waves can sometimes swell up to thirty feet or more and can even be dangerous for experienced surfers so please heed warning signs. From May to September, the waves subside, creating a more tranquil atmosphere for surfing, swimming and sunbathing.

Roughly a one hour drive from Waikiki, the North Shore is also home to various condo rentals, the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort and Haleiwa Town, where you can shop, eat like a local and cool off with rainbow flavored shave ice. You can continue your drive to Laie with the Polynesian Cultural Center and the old plantation town of Kahuku to end your day on the North Shore.

North Shore, Oahu Highlights:

Haleiwa, Oahu
Haleiwa, Oahu
This historic surf town is the gateway to the legendary North Shore.

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Waimea Bay, Oahu
Waimea Bay, Oahu
Waimea Bay is a legendary surf spot influential in the birth of big wave surfing.

Banzai Pipeline

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu

Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Banzai Pipeline (view panorama) is a popular surf site where waves can reach heights of 20+ feet (6+ m) in the winter months (November to February).Many big wave surfing contests take place here, and people from all over the world – professional surfers as well as spectators and photographers – come here to see the waves.

The Pipeline was named in 1961 by a California surfing movie producer, Bruce Brown. He visited Oahu’s North Shore and was scouting possible movie locations together with two California surfers, Mike Diffenderfer and Phil Edwards. They stopped at this yet unnamed surf site and Brown filmed the surfers catching several waves. They all agreed that the surf site needed a name.

On the same day, a construction project on the highway next to the beach (Kamehameha Highway) was going on. An underground pipeline needed to be fixed. Diffenderfer suggested they name this surf spot “the Pipeline.” In 1961, Brown made this name popular in his new movie Surfing Hollow Days. At that time, the beach fronting the surf site was called Banzai Beach. But today, it is better known as Banzai Pipeline

Sharks cove snorkeling beach

Sharks Cove has been rated by Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the “Top Twelve Shore Dives in the World”.  Located on Oahu’s world famous North Shore, this small rocky bay forms part of Pupukea Beach Park and boasts blue water and an impressive amount of sea life.  The bottom is made up of large smooth boulders and coral heads forming small caves and ledges for marine life to hide.  The walls of the surrounding cliffs provide calmer water attracting schooling surface fish.

On the south side of Sharks Cove is the Pupukea tide pools; a great place to wade and explore.

Sharks Cove is one of Oahu’s best snorkeling and dive beaches so it can get a little crowded on occasion.  I highly doubt you’ll notice when you’re in the water though.

Because Sharks Cove is located between the famed big wave surf spots of Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline, you’ll have to make sure there are no large swells that day.  October through April is considered Hawaii’s surf season, with waves peaking between December and February, so the summer months are the best time to snorkel Sharks Cove.

If there are waves forecasted, the current could be strong, so please choose one of my other favorite Oahu snorkeling beaches to be safe.  Kuilima Cove is only 15 minutes north from Sharks Cove and due to it’s protected shoreline would be an excellent choice.

I would not recommend taking small children to Sharks Cove unless it’s to wade in the tide pools.  As you can see, Sharks Cove is not a sand beach and the entrance is rocky, so watch your step as you get in.

The inside of the bay is about 8 to 15 feet deep, progressively getting deeper as you head out.

By the way, since you’re going to be on the North Shore, there’s a terrific company called Hawaii Shark Encounters that specializes in an amazing Shark Tour that is located about 15 minutes from here in Haleiwa town. They have a shark cage snorkel that I highly recommend!

Insider Tip: Because of the popularity of Sharks Cove the small parking lot may fill quickly.  Be sure to get there by at least 9 – 10am so you’ll have a place to park.  The parking lot overlooks the beach.

Insider Tip: Forgot your mask defog?  Growing right next to the public showers is a plant called naupaka (see the picture above). Just mash up a couple of leaves in your hand and thoroughly rub them around on the inside of your mask making sure to completely coat the inside of the lens.  When your ready to snorkel, very briefly swish your mask around in the water to remove the extra pieces of leaves and viola!  No more fog.  Works just as well as any store bought stuff.

Here are some of the marine life I have seen at Sharks Cove: Butterfly fish, parrot fish, damsel fish, surgeon fish, tang, wrasse, big eye, perch, chub, trigger fish, goat fish, jacks, mullet, cornet fish, needle fish, eels, turtles, crustaceans, and invertebrates.

There are public restrooms and showers at the parking lot.  No lifeguard on duty.  Just across the street of the parking lot there are some small shops where you can buy food and drinksTurtle Tours on the North Shore Oahu Haleiwa

The north shore of Oahu

 

A sign announcing the entrance to the community of Haleʻiwa, the North Shore’s largest settlement.

The North Shore, in the context of geography of the Island of Oʻahu, refers to the north-facing coastal area of Oʻahu between Kaʻena Point and Kahuku Point.

The largest settlement is Haleʻiwa. This area is best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe.

Surfing[edit]

A surfer navigating a wave during an amateur competition at the North Shore’s Banzai Pipeline.

The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore see a concentration of surfing activity, taking advantage of swells originating in the stormy North Pacific. Notable surfing spots include Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach.

The spot of Ehukai Beach, commonly known as the Banzai Pipeline, is the most notable surfing spot on the North Shore, and is considered a prime spot for competitions due to its close proximity to the beach, giving spectators, judges, and photographers a great view.

The North Shore is considered to be the surfing mecca of the world, and every December hosts three competitions, which make up the Triple Crown of Surfing. The three men’s competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The three women’s competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the Roxy Pro Sunset, and the Billabong Pro on the neighboring island of Maui.[1]

Waimea Bay plays host to the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau. This is an exclusive competition and participants must be invited. The competitions has a scheduled window of dates each winter, however the competition has a minimum requirement of 20-foot (6.1 m) waves. Therefore, the competition is not held every year.

Learning to surf

Although the North Shore is known for its large winter surf, there are a number of surf schools that can teach a beginner the basics of surfing in coves that are protected from the larger waves.

Television and film

Satellite image of North Shore

Due to its natural beauty, proximity to Honolulu, and large waves, the North Shore is a popular area for filming.

The Fox Network TV show North Shore was filmed there. ABC‘s Lost was filmed almost entirely on O’ahu, with much of it filmed on the North Shore. The area of Turtle Bay features rock formations and constant rolling surf, making it ideal as a backdrop for Lost.

The North Shore was also the setting for the movies Ride the Wild Surf, North Shore, Blue Crush, The Big Bounce, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as well as being fictionalized for the animated film Surf’s Up.

The sixth episode of the first season of the CBS series Hawaii Five-0 was set on the North Shore and titled “Koʻolauloa”, the Hawaiian-language term for the area.