North Swell Madness On The North Shore Of Oahu

From Jeff Crawford to Kelly Slater there’s a long history of Florida boys charging hard on the North Shore. So when Rockpiles fired up big with a 10-12 foot North swell, we weren’t surprised to see Evan Geiselman packing bombs on one of the heaviest waves on the North Shore. Photo: Checkwood

From Jeff Crawford to Kelly Slater there’s a long history of Florida boys charging hard on the North Shore. So when Rockpiles fired up big with a 10-12 foot North swell, we weren’t surprised to see Evan Geiselman packing bombs on one of the heaviest waves on the North Shore. Photo: Checkwood

There’s nothing more terrifying than seeing the horizon go black (or in this case, blue) as what seems like an endless set rears up in front of you. Hopefully the guy scratched over to the channel in time to avoid being smashed into the pile of rocks at, well, Rockpiles. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

There’s nothing more terrifying than seeing the horizon go black (or in this case, blue) as what seems like an endless set rears up in front of you. Hopefully the guy scratched over to the channel in time to avoid being smashed into the pile of rocks at, well, Rockpiles. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Aussie up and comer Ryan Callinan with a big lien air at Rocky Point. <i>PS Thanks to Geoff Moysa for pointing out that this is actually a stale fish. My bad, I can't do airs and usually ask the TW Skate guys which is which. Photo: Dorsey

Aussie up and comer Ryan Callinan with a big stale fish air at Rocky Point. PS Thanks to Geoff Moysa for pointing out that this is actually a stale fish and not a lien air. My bad, I can't do airs and usually ask the TW Skate guys which is which. Photo: Dorsey

For two days in a row it poured down rain on the Hawaiian Islands yet there was a bombing N/NE swell and the winds were straight offshore and light. It made for some epic sessions at places that like that angle of swell and from all reports the Outer Islands (shhh!) were just as good as the North Shore of Oahu. Kiron Jabour at Backdoor. Photo: Checkwood

For two days in a row it poured down rain on the Hawaiian Islands yet there was a bombing N/NE swell and the winds were straight offshore and light. It made for some epic sessions at places that like that angle of swell and from all reports the Outer Islands (shhh!) were just as good as the North Shore of Oahu. Kiron Jabour at Backdoor. Photo: Checkwood

While 9’ rhino chasers will always be a staple in a serious North Shore quiver, more and more surfers are bringing a small wave arsenal to the Seven Mile Miracle instead of a coffin filled with guns. Matt Wilkinson spins out at the Off The Wall sandbar on a 5’6” fish. Photo: Checkwood

While 9’ rhino chasers will always be a staple in a serious North Shore quiver, more and more surfers are bringing a small wave arsenal to the Seven Mile Miracle instead of a coffin filled with guns. Matt Wilkinson spins out at the Off The Wall sandbar on a 5’6” fish. Photo: Checkwood

Shane Dorian seems to be on a mission of late and has been putting in more water time than anyone when the waves are pumping. After his horrific two-wave hold down at Mavericks 8-foot Backdoor must seem like a walk in the park. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Shane Dorian seems to be on a mission of late and has been putting in more water time than anyone when the waves are pumping. After his horrific two-wave hold down at Mavericks 8-foot Backdoor must seem like a walk in the park. Photo: Bielmann/SPL


Above: A highlight video from the last ten days on the North Shore. What’s cool is that you can see a few clips in here that are featured in the photo gallery. Nothing goes undocumented on the North Shore… Video courtesy Oakley.

Perhaps having three thumbs helped Kauai’s Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz stroke into this Rockpiles monster—because you never know what one extra little digit can do for your paddling power. Whatever the case, for two days, Rockipiles was the epicenter of all the action on the North Shore and Seabass was rushing it as hard as anyone. Photo: Checkwood

Perhaps having three thumbs helped Kauai’s Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz stroke into this Rockpiles monster—because you never know what one extra little digit can do for your paddling power. Whatever the case, for two days, Rockipiles was the epicenter of all the action on the North Shore and Seabass was rushing it as hard as anyone. Photo: Checkwood

Thanks to a constant North swell, there were only a few rocks breaking through the sand and guys were blasting airs at will in the shorebreak at Off The Wall. Unidentified. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Thanks to a constant North swell, there were only a few rocks breaking through the sand and guys were blasting airs at will in the shorebreak at Off The Wall. Unidentified. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Sometimes it’s better to abandon ship than pearl into mere feet of water over a jagged reef…ask Chris Ward. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Sometimes it’s better to abandon ship than pearl into mere feet of water over a jagged reef…ask Chris Ward. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Proving he’ll do just about anything to get the shot, Eric Geiselman pulls in on a closeout at Log Cabins. If you could only see the pinnacles and caves below him, you’d realize the danger factor here. Photo: photobrent/SPL

Proving he’ll do just about anything to get the shot, Eric Geiselman pulls in on a closeout at Log Cabins. If you could only see the pinnacles and caves below him, you’d realize the danger factor here. Photo: photobrent/SPL

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