Massive Surf Batters The North Shore Of Oahu


Good luck and hold on tight all my friends and family on the North Shore of Oahu. Biggest waves in decades hitting hard all day and only getting bigger. Batten down the hatches and take care of each other. Photo: @mattshuster #volcompipelinehouse.

Good luck and hold on tight all my friends and family on the North Shore of Oahu. Biggest waves in decades hitting hard all day and only getting bigger. Batten down the hatches and take care of each other. Photo: @mattshuster #volcompipelinehouse.

Massive Surf Batters The North Shore Of Oahu

Every time a decent-sized swell happens to occur on a Wednesday, some yahoo calls it, “Big Wednesday” in reference to the famed movie of the same name. It could be six-foot at your local beach break and that guy who’s name you can never remember is like, “Remember that Big Wednesday swell? Dude, Swamis was macking that day!”

But yesterday (January 22) on the North Shore of Oahu, a massive and unruly swell lived up to, and may have exceeded, the label of Big Wednesday. Never before seen buoy reports had readings of 31 feet at 17 seconds. That’s f—king massive! Houses were shaking, waves were washing over the Kamehameha highway, and gale force winds were snapping ironwood trees. The extent of the damage is unknown at this time, and we’re hoping that the houses in the Monster Mush and Sunset Point area are okay. Unfortunately, the winds were far from ideal and few if any waves were ridden on the North Shore. See below for a gallery of images we culled from friends who toughed it out on the North Shore…

Evening sesh anyone?? This is outer logs and 3rd reef pipe. It's way bigger than it looks... Photo: instagram.com/hippiehanahank

Evening sesh anyone?? This is outer logs and 3rd reef pipe. It’s way bigger than it looks… Photo: instagram.com/hippiehanahank

This is what 28 ft 19 seconds with north wind looks like at Waimea. Photo: instagram.com/hippiehanahank

This is what 28 ft 19 seconds with north wind looks like at Waimea. Photo: instagram.com/hippiehanahank

The great swell is so big it's filled the Haleiwa boat habor under water! Photo: instagram.com/jdoner

The great swell is so big it’s filled the Haleiwa boat habor under water! Photo: instagram.com/jdoner

Just watched a set closeout from Puena Point to Haleiwa and the swell hasn't peaked yet… Photo: instagram/joelcenteio

Just watched a set closeout from Puena Point to Haleiwa and the swell hasn’t peaked yet… Photo: instagram/joelcenteio

A little perspective at Haleiwa Beach Park last night... The waves were coming up past the benches and onto the grass. Photo: instagram/joelcenteio

A little perspective at Haleiwa Beach Park last night… The waves were coming up past the benches and onto the grass. Photo: instagram/joelcenteio

 

Some serious swell in the pacific today. 30ft @ 20 sec to the northeast of Hawaii. Photo: instagram/patagoniasurf

Some serious swell in the pacific today. 30ft @ 20 sec to the northeast of Hawaii. Photo: instagram/patagoniasurf

Shark's Cove is under there somewhere. Taken yesterday. Photo: instagram/patagoniasurf

Shark’s Cove is under there somewhere. Taken yesterday. Photo: instagram/patagoniasurf

Waves were there are no waves. Big Wednesday, Oahu. Photo: instagram/pyzelsurfboards

Waves were there are no waves. Big Wednesday, Oahu. Photo: instagram/pyzelsurfboards

Whitewater to the horizon and tree splitting winds on the north shore today. #mothernature #flex. Photo: instagram/shanebeschen

Whitewater to the horizon and tree splitting winds on the north shore today. #mothernature #flex. Photo: instagram/shanebeschen

Uuuuuuuuuh... I'm scared! This is the low pressure bringing 25-30' waves on wed. That black in the middle is 50' seas. It may have some weather that comes in as well but gonna be very very big... #haired #Biggestswellinawhile. Photo: instagram/surfermags

Uuuuuuuuuh… I’m scared! This is the low pressure bringing 25-30′ waves on wed. That black in the middle is 50′ seas. It may have some weather that comes in as well but gonna be very very big… #haired #Biggestswellinawhile. Photo: instagram/surfermags

Tonight's sunset with mother natures raw display of power... #hawaiisunsets #ominous #northshore #mana #respect. Photo: instagram/surfermags

Tonight’s sunset with mother natures raw display of power… #hawaiisunsets #ominous #northshore #mana #respect. Photo: instagram/surfermags

A different view of # pipeline today. Hands down one of the craziest #bigwednesday swells I have seen in 30+ years #notsurfing. Photo: instagram/theejoanwilder

A different view of # pipeline today. Hands down one of the craziest #bigwednesday swells I have seen in 30+ years #notsurfing. Photo: instagram/theejoanwilder