Tales From The North Shore Of Oahu

Tuesday, November 30

Meanwhile at Rocky Point, Daniel Jones takes a little afternoon siesta on his patio. That's the local style way to pass away an afternoon on the North Shore.

Meanwhile at Rocky Point, Daniel Jones takes an afternoon siesta on his patio—the local style way to pass away an afternoon on the North Shore.

3:30pm. A little birdie just told me that the O’Neill World Cup Of Surfing is going to run at Val’s Reef (inside inside Sunset) and Kammies. Double venues at two under the radar spots… Not sure how that will work for the Web cast, but we can find out at triplecrownofsurfing.com tomorrow morning. Above: Pretty cool little that shows a Hawaiian style Thanksgiving with Makua Rothman and Marcus Hickman guys.

Kahuku Superette; home to the best poke in the world and a must stop when passing by.

Kahuku Superette; home to the best poke in the world and a must stop when passing by.

Two big scoops of fresh ahi poke (raw yellowfin tuna marinated in soy sauce) served over rice for $5 is the best and tastiest deal on the island!

Two big scoops of fresh ahi poke (raw yellowfin tuna marinated in soy sauce) served over rice for $5 is the best deal on the island!

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Above: Pipeline reef inspection on Tuesday at noon with a GoPro. Hilton Dawe, Sasha Stocker, and Yadin Nicol make cameo appearances.

New Era ASP Trading card contest winner Anthony Dileva. He has no idea what he's gotten himself into...

New Era ASP Trading card contest winner Anthony Dileva. He has no idea what he's gotten himself into...

New Era Winner Congrats to 24-year old Anthony Dileva from San Diego! Anthony won the New Era ASP trading card contest and is posting up here on the North Shore with us for the week. While he’s been to the North Shore before, he hasn’t spent any significant amount of time out here and is frothing for some surf. Why anyone would want to stay with us in beyond me but he’s here to have a good time and that’s what we’re all about so maybe it does make sense…

Early tuesday morning and not a wave in sight looking toward Off The Wall, Backdoor, Pipeline, Rocky Point, and Sunset.

Early tuesday morning and not a wave in sight looking toward Off The Wall, Backdoor, Pipeline, Rocky Point, and Sunset.

No Surf This time last year was absolutely bombing—I didn’t step foot into the water for three days upon arrival for fear of getting swept away by an 80-foot wave. This year is a different story; after a great two-week run of surf the swell has vanished, leaving O’Neill World Cup Of Surfing contest officials with a bleak surf forecast. However, this is the North Shore and right when conditions lull you to sleep, an ass-kicker of a swell can pop up out of nowhere. Meeting The Neighbors Our neighbor here is North Shore lifeguard Johnny Angel, the only son of legendary waterman Jose Angel who passed away in the mid-seventies in a diving accident. Johnny came over for a beer or three and told us some incredible stories about his father, Eddie Aikau, and sailing the Hokuleia into Waimea Bay. After Johnny left, photographers Brian Bielmann and Tom Servais came over and we all sat back as they told tales of the North Shore in the 70s and early 80s. Apparently the house we’re at used to be Surfer Magazine headquarters back in the day, and according to Servais, they used to whoop it up pretty good. Iceheads Strike One of the other magazines house was robbed the other day in broad daylight. The thieves, presumably a few lowlifes who smoke a form of crystal meth called “ice”, made off with some camera gear and electronics after kicking in a window. That kind of shit happens all the time here—especially during Triple Crown season. Short of staying in your house all day, there’s not much you can do and the cops are of no help. Aloha! What To Do? With not a lot of surf on the horizon, we’ll be making a few missions to various little secret spots that pick up trade swell. Jesse Merle Jones has already challenged me to a heat at a certain spot on the Eastside. I told him I needed a few days to warm up. Stay tuned for the results of the first annual Pro Surfer vs. Editor Bloodbath… In the meantime, we’re going to go snorkel the reef at Pipeline, I’ll bring a GoPro and try to get a few clips. The Ranga Learns Pidgin Our video guy, Blake, who is also called “Ranga” for his red mop of hair, is here for his first time. Just a few days ago he didn’t know what the word “haole” meant but after a few days staying with Jamie O’Brien and his entourage, the Ranga is dropping quotes like “Shoots bra!” and speaking pidgin with the best of ‘em. I’m so proud of our little Ranga…

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