The waves were beautiful throughout Christmas, but on January 1st storm surf moved. Winds switched from onshore, to side onshore to gusty offshore throughout the first week of January with rain and cold weather. In the last few days, the sky has started clearing and the winds have backed down, but the surf has been average despite a few sets here and there which were only available to the extremely patient.
The Backdoor Shootout has not run yet, but they may score some waves at the end of their waiting period on Monday/Tuesday if north winds do not set in with the swell once again.
While in recent years the month of January has produced some of the biggest waves in the best condtions, a lot of north winds and stormy weather is more typical for the month of January. The good news is poor surf in January can often lead to epic surf in the spring which we missed out on last year so keep your fingers crossed.
Local surfer Dwayne Scharsh passed away last Tuesday morning while surfing Makapu'u. His passing is a big loss to Oahu's surfing community. He was one of the main regulars at Bowls and most would agree he mastered "middles" better than anyone else in the line up. He was also revered for his humble Hawaiian spirit. Aloha Braddah Dwayne. RIP