Tales From The North Shore Of Oahu

The Spartan (Michel Bourez) susses out Off The Wall on Saturday morning. There's a bit of swell in the water and the rain has passed so all is well again on the North Shore.

The Spartan (Michel Bourez) susses out Off The Wall on Saturday morning. There's a bit of swell in the water and the rain has passed so all is well again on the North Shore.

Kai Barger (left) and Rico Jiminez stumble out of the Oakley house and right into the water on a beautiful Saturday here on the North Shore.

Kai Barger (left) and Rico Jiminez stumble out of the Oakley house and right into the water on a beautiful Saturday here on the North Shore.

The Godfather of Hawaiian reggae Butch Helemano on stage and skanking at the annual North Shore lifeguard fundraiser party.

The Godfather of Hawaiian reggae Butch Helemano on stage and skanking at the annual North Shore lifeguard fundraiser party.

This year the lifeguard party (held at Waimea Valley) was held in an attempt to raise money for the local junior lifeguard program which is in jeopardy of losing funding from the state.

This year the lifeguard party (held at Waimea Valley) was held in an attempt to raise money for the local junior lifeguard program which is in jeopardy of losing funding from the state.

North Shore lifeguards Abe Lerner (left) and Johhny Angel with a friendly embrace at the annual lifeguard fundraiser party.

North Shore lifeguards Abe Lerner (left) and Johhny Angel with a friendly embrace at the annual lifeguard fundraiser party.

Saturday December 11

11:47AM
I’ve always wondered exactly how fast someone goes while surfing and today I finally found out. Turns out Asutralian surfer Dean Bowen had a speedometer attached to him the other day when Rockpiles was 10-12 foot. “Mate I was riding a 7’2″ quad just hauling ass out there and when I came in we plugged it [the speedometer] into the computer and it read 55 kilometers,” he told me out in the water this morning.” For us Seppos that means he was going about 34 miles an hour. “Makes me wonder how fast you could get going at Waimea!” he said with a wild look in his eye.

The waves are about head high today and while it was glassy this morning, an onshore wind came up around 10 making the conditions below average. No worries though, the sun is shining wahines are strutting the beach, time for some bronzing!

9:38AM
Went to the 8th annual North Shore lifeguard party last night at Waimea Falls and it was a blast! One of my favorite bands, Natural Vibrations, opened up for legendary Hawaiian reggae singer Butch Helemano at the beautiful venue at Waimea Falls. The event was held to raise money for the local junior lifeguard program and was attended by hundreds of people. It was a cool evening both literally and figuratively as temperatures plummeted into the 60s…cry me a river right?

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