Fourth of July Fun
The fourth of July 2012 was a happening week. Being that the holiday fell on a Wednesday, it seemed like people were taking the whole week off, some the weekend before and some after. Besides the crazy crowds and traffic, I remembered how fun the fourth of July can be, especially when there are waves. For some reason it seems like everyone is off on the fourth of July and I guess since it is summer, people come out and just congregate around the island. You tend to see a lot of people you have not seen for years. This year the swell that came on the South shore was the biggest we have had all summer. Now, that is not really saying much for this year, but there were some solid infrequent 5 foot sets and one set which was even a bit bigger. The strong winds prevailed throughout this swell with morning wonk and strong offshore trades in the afternoon. The lineups were packed. Not only were there waves and fireworks, but local surfers were paddling out to the Bowl to prepare for the Oakley's surf shop challenge and Arnette's free and open pro event. Contestants showed up around 5am on Saturday to sign in for the first come first serve status of the event, and by 6:30 there was no elbow room at Ala Moana Bowls. Local standout Randall Paulson won the meet in 2-3 ft plus surf and claimed the $500 reward. Isaiah Moniz came in 2nd with Kekoa Cazimero taking 3rd place. On the Northshore contests and firework festivities went hand in hand. The Hui held its annual paddle race from Turtle Bay to Waimea and around 3pm when I drove by, there were more boats in the Bay than I have ever seen, it was madness. On Saturday, they had a swimming contest and today (Sunday), there was a SUP contest at Turtle Bay. People were making the most of it. It was fun to have waves and enjoy the sun and the fun. It was like a week long party at the beach.