Last week was busy on the North Shore. Not in terms of surf—it was practically flat—but in terms of surfer gatherings. And oh, for volume I and II of the series see HERE (Pipe's opening day) and HERE, (down time with longboarder Kirra Seale).
Since everyone is here this time of year, it makes sense that they’d pack as many events as possible into the calendar, and yesterday was the busiest day of the season. The morning started off with the opening ceremony of the Eddie Aikau event.
See Pipe in action HERE
At around 11 am on Thursday, the park above the beach at Waimea Bay was a who’s who of the best big wave surfers in the world, including past champions, a smattering of legends, a few new faces, and half a dozen lady charger (as the event this year includes four female invitees and four female alternates). Between tributes to Eddie, award ceremonies, a paddle out, and lots of food and live music, the event kept attendees busy for most of the day, with tents only getting packed up after sunset.
Meanwhile, down the road at Puena Point, the Vans Duct Tape Festival celebrated a completely different type of surfing. Avant garde surfer/shapers displayed unique boards shaped specifically for the event, which was open to the public and focused on the fun and less serious side of our sport.
Spot guide: Tour Hawaii, HERE
There wasn’t much in the way of swell, so not a lot of surfing happened, but it was definitely a better way to spend a flat day than sitting at home praying for surf.
The lineups were a bit quiet towards the back end of last week, as the North Shore population slept off a collective hangover post Surfer awards. But it wasn't quiet for long. A NE swell filled in over the weekend, then back-to-back NW swells this week, with the second looking like the biggest of the season so far. While it might not be big enough for the “Bay to call the day,” it will certainly provide enough juice to put all those Duct Tape boards to good use.