Tales From The North Shore Of Oahu


Congratulations to Charlie Carroll who married his beautiful girl Jen on Saturday in Waimanalo. Yeah Charlie Boy...welcome to the club! Photo: Mikala Jones

Congratulations to Charlie Carroll who married his beautiful girl Jen on Saturday in Waimanalo. Yeah Charlie Boy...welcome to the club! Photo: Mikala Jones

Sunday is football day on the North Shore and there's nowhere better to enjoy the games than Breakers in Haleiwa. Owned by Benji Weatherley's parents, it was packed with fans from every team especially the San Diego Chargers.

Sunday is football day on the North Shore and there's nowhere better to enjoy the games than Breakers in Haleiwa. Owned by Benji Weatherley's parents, it was packed with fans from every team especially the San Diego Chargers.

Alpine Stars bbq and jam session behind Surf-N-Sea in Haleiwa.

Alpine Stars bbq and jam session behind Surf-N-Sea in Haleiwa.

Alpine Stars team rider Nathaniel Curran and bros enjoy a Primo in Haleiwa.

Alpine Stars team rider Nathaniel Curran and bros enjoy a Primo in Haleiwa.

Kauai's Gavin Gillette is one of the coolest, most down to Earth pros out there...and he surfs like a cat on acid.

Kauai's Gavin Gillette is one of the coolest, most down to Earth pros out there...and he surfs like a cat on acid.

Sunday December 12
9:08AM

Our trip is winding down and soon enough we’ll be back in SoCal freezing our tits off with the rest of the world. It’s been one of the funnest two weeks on the North Shore ever. It seems like the tragic passing of Andy Irons has really brought the tribe together—we’re seeing way more hugs and shakas than fights. There are a few first timers here at the house and they’re just blown away by the surf, the scenery, and seeing the best guys (and a few hard charging gals) surf right in front of the house at Rockpiles, which was all time a few days ago. We are all so lucky to be able to surf and live our lives the way we do, it’s really a blessing.

My favorite surfer to watch this year has been John Florence. I was sitting on the beach at Rocky Point yesterday “throwing back a few green bottles” (as Kekoa Bacalso would say) with filmmakers Bill Ballard and Greg Browning as well as former pro/coach/shaper Chris Gallager and we all came to the same conclusion—John John is the man. The kid loves to surf more than anyone, doesn’t have his head up his ass, and charges like there’s no tomorrow. His act at Logs and Rockpiles over the last week has been simply remarkable. We obviously expect huge things out of John in the near future—maybe even beating Kelly Slater in the Pipe Masters.

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