Spring?

March 30th, 2014
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So far the start of Spring has been a bit discouraging. The Jr. Men caught the best of what we have had during their contest in the middle of March. Seth Moniz won the event which started out with 3-4 foot surf and grew to about 6 feet throughout the day. They finished just in time before another round of north winds and north swells which pushed all the sand back into Pipe. It seems like that sand has been stuck there all year with the exception of a couple weeks. What a bummer. Since then there has been about 2 weeks of N- NW swells with junk winds which began to clean up a little bit mid week last week and it has been kind of fun for a few days before the winds switched back to the more northerly trades again today. The women managed to find one day to run their event in 2-3 foot windy waves and sandbar, but it did not bother Bethany Hamilton who still found a couple barrels in-between her repertoire of power carves. Although she won in small surf, Bethany stands out among all the girls for getting some of the best barrels at Pipe and comes out on some solid days. Some of the regulars said she caught an unreal barrel this winter on a big day. She earned well deserved win at the Pipeline. The Bodysurfers ran their event the day after the girls in sizey slamming sandbar Pipe which was virtually unridable for surfing that day. I bet you could have guessed Mike Stewart took home the trophy from the 2014 Bodysurfing Classic, it was his 14th title. The Bodysurfers were stacked with 25 alternates waiting to get into the event. They always bring a great vibe out into the line up and remind us all the lighten up and enjoy the beautiful waves. Sometimes it seems like a party when they all come out and started screaming and hooting for each other waves; and it was kind of a nice prerequisite to what it is like to surf now with all our friends since the contests are finally pau for the year! Now if we could just get some solid clean surf, maybe it would make up for all this storminess. Looks like there might be a couple decent swells lining up for next week. See you out there!

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Wanderlust 2014

March 1st, 2014
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It has been another frustrating week for surf with plenty side - onshore winds switching off and on, mostly on. It finally cleaned up a little bit over the last couple days, but it looks like tomorrowʻs giant surf will coincide with W-NW winds that will last for another two or three days. ugh.

The good news is that you can check out the events at Wanderlust this weekend! Mike Love, Donavon Frankenreiter, DJ Drez and DJ Hyfi are on tonight live at Turtle Bay. Sundays line up includes a wide variety of yoga with elite practitioners such as Gerry Lopez. Classes in slack key and hula are also being offered alongside nature walks and other wellness instruction. This is the second annual Wanderlust event at Turtle Bay so make sure to come down and see what is on the menu.

Looks like there is still plenty of swell lined up for the first part of March if we could just get the trades back with some decent west swells. The Jr. Mens and Womenʻs Pipe contest will kick off March 11 -21 and I am pretty sure that completes the 2014 winter contest season at Pipeline so hopefully it will be a nice spring.

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In honor of Kalani Foster

February 22nd, 2014
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Make sure to check out David Kalani Fosterʻs fundraiser tomorrow (February 23rd) at Kahuku track! He is suffering from liver cancer and the proceeds will help to support his medical treatment and family. You can find more information on his Facebook page, but it should be a fun gathering of family and friends.

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Finally cleaning up!

February 22nd, 2014
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Since the Big Wednesday swell, it has been a long month of stormy north swells with just a few clean days in between. There has been an enormous sandbar going all the way through Pipe and across Backdoor, but for some reason it never really lined up for those fun Ehukai days that a lot of folks love. Instead it was kind of a dumpy close out for most of the month. Off The Wall has had a few decent days, but for the most part it has been rainy windy and stormy surf. All that changed yesterday when we finally got a nice clean WNW swell which brought in a few solid 8 foot bombs at Pipe early in the morning and kicked off the second day of the GoPro Bodyboarding challenge at Pipe where Ben Player will be defending his title tomorrow as the reigning world champion. Lilly Pollard won the womenʻs title today and even professional surfer Jamie OʻBrien is entered and prepared to bust out his boogie skills. Why not, the bodyboarders scored after a month of no Pipe except for the guys who had to surf on the first day which was pretty junk. Next up the Jrs. will return to the Northshore to surf Pipeline along with a women's 1 star WQS. That waiting period runs from March 11-21st.

Make sure to check out David Kalani Fosterʻs fundraiser tomorrow (February 23rd) at Kahuku track! He is suffering from liver cancer and the proceeds will help to support his medical treatment and family. You can find more information on his Facebook page, but it should be a fun gathering of family and friends.

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31 ft 17 sec

January 25th, 2014
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1531909_10152567798906982_344038691_nWaimea Bay Tuesday January 19

1016371_10152234193130452_777368302_n Sharkʻs Cove Big Wednesday January 21, 2014

One reporter said that last weekʻs so-called super swell of the decade "lived up to the height, but not the hype". His sentiment pretty much sums up surf conditions for the last couple weeks which have offered up some prime windows of opportunity, but were for the most part a big mess. One day I was siting on the beach at Pipe and pulled up the Surfline report in order to check the tide. I happened to glance at the report that morning which said "Pipe is firing off its face" yet I am standing there watching a mere handful of boogie boarders and 2 surfers struggling to find a makable wave. The news has been portraying the Northshore as a "surfers paradise" amongst their immense reports hyping the surf and provoking crowds of people to make the their way to the so-called country only to find vacant waves with few surfers a good majority of the time. One day the traffic was so bad that it was backed up past Dead Manʻs Curve and not even moving. When the Backdoor Shootout cannot find even 1 day in 2 weeks to run their event at Pipe and The Eddie doesnʻt run on the largest swell of the decade, it ainʻt that good. These days however, itʻs like they gotta sell the surf because they are always selling something surfing. Typically back to back big swells are never good because they end up on top of each other which makes for jumbled surf especially at places like Pipeline which receive a mix of every swell direction.

Big Wednesday was just a bunch of people gawking at totally unridable, onshore surf. I cannot even tell you how big it was because it was too hard to make out the size of the waves amongst the chop and I did not feel like waiting 30 minutes to an hour to find parking at the Bay even at 6:30am. I can say however that the buoys reached as high as 31 feet 17 seconds which was one of the largest readings I have ever seen. That said, we are stuck with buoy 51101 which is not really comparable to the old buoy 51001 and you also have the factor in the effect of the onshore winds in the readings. One thing I can say is that it looked like Waimea waves were breaking outside almost by Rubber Duckies. Sharks Cove was nuts and there were waves breaking way, way outside the typical outer reefs. Ironically, the houses at Rocky Point sustained themselves throughout the super swell which were threatened by even just 4 foot waves earlier this year. I wonder if these swells will move the sand down that way and actually provide better protection for them. I have heard that the rocks are completely exposed at Keiki Beach and the petroglyphs were sticking out there for a few days, but they are already covered back up.

Bethany Hamilton has a new clip on youtube which reveals her daily routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadZ-0B7YXE
Mark Healy has also has an interesting clip from a go pro of him in the Mavericks event held Friday January 25th.

Jack Robinson and Meah Collins took the title at Sunset Beach which offered a couple good size days with rough conditions. January 8th was the start of our Northshore contest marathon that does not stop until late March. Basically there are back to back contests from Pipe to Sunset starting with the Backdoor Shootout, then the Sunset Pro Juniors,the Volcom Pipe Pro, Sunset SUP event, the Bodyboarding Pipe Pro and the Juniors Pipe Pro. Their may be a 2 week break from the bodyboarding event that ends on March 1st and the Jrs that starts March 11th, otherwise it is pretty stacked. Looks like the Volcom Pro will start out with big waves, but more fickle onshore conditions so we will if they can get up and running here in the next few days. Hopefully these big swells will get a little more spread out so that we donʻt get the storms and the swells on top of the swells.

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