Surfing Competitions on Oahu’s North Shore
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing October 28th – December 20th
The competitions of the Vans Triple Crown:
-HIC Pro (Sunset Beach) October 28th – November 10th
-Hawaiian Pro (Haleiwa Beach) November 12th – 23rd
-Vans World Cup of Surfing (Sunset Beach) November 24th – December 6th
-Billabong Pipe Masters (Bonsai Pipeline) December 8th – 20th
This is going on NOW on Oahu’s North Shore! These are world renowned events so get there super early to score good parking and a spot to spectate with out obstruction. If you haven’t witnessed the large waves of the North Shore, this is a must. This is the season for some of the biggest waves you’ll ever see at the specific locations for the competitions. Not only are the waves majestic, but the sunsets and beaches are absolutely beautiful. You’ll forget your day-to-day worries when spending one of your vacation days doing this.
If you’re new, here are some do’s and do not’s from the Vans Triple Crown page:
-Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water and extra sun protection for young children. And just because the sun is not out doesn’t mean you can’t get burned. Sunscreen is a must, especially on overcast days when the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays are even stronger.
-Bring binoculars. They add to the experience.
-Bring your camera.
-Bring a beach chair, towel or mat to sit own. A sandy bottom gets old real quick.
-Bring a rain jacket, slicker or hooded sweatshirt. After all, it’s winter and there may be a brief drizzle passing by.
-Pay attention to road signs, warnings and driveways to avoid tickets and towing.
-Get to the beach early to score a good parking spot and avoid traffic.
-Pick up your own or any other trash on the beach. Malama ka ‘aina (take care of the land).
-Be polite and courteous to the local residents. They have to live with events and crowds in their driveways and backyards.
-Heed the lifeguard’s warnings. During the winter months, waves can double in size within an hour.
-Show aloha to others. Say hi, don’t be in a hurry, stop and wait for people crossing the road, stop and let people out of their driveway and say thanks when you change lanes in front of someone.
-Bring a reusable water bottle. Water filling stations are available at all contest sites.
-Take public transportation and avoid parking hassles. North Shore buses are Routes 52, 55, 88A, and you can also park at Turtle Bay Resort and ride their hourly shuttles ($20-25 fee round-trip).
-Smoke or leave cigarette butts in the sand. Enjoy the fresh Pacific air and respect the rights of athletes and other visitors to clean air. If you must smoke, use a butt container.
-Bring an umbrella to the beach. Umbrellas prevent other spectators from enjoying the action and become dangerous projectiles when it’s windy.
-Bring your pets to the beach. No one likes stepping in doggy-doo.
-Let little ones play at the shoreline. A big wave can easily take your kids out to sea, especially at Pipeline or Sunset.
-Sit along the water’s edge. When a big set washes up the beach, you and your belongings will get soaked.
-Stop on Kamehameha Highway to watch the World Cup of Surfing. You will be towed, fined or both.
-Leave valuables in your car.
-Harass competitors for autographs while they’re in the contestant’s area or before they’re about to paddle out for a heat. Wait till after their heat for autograph and photo opportunities.
-Bring bullhorns, air horns or other noise making devices. Contest officials use these tools to alert competitors and you’re personal noisemaker may interfere with valuable contest information.
-Be rude. This is paradise. Let’s enjoy it together.
Shark Cage Diving
Also, be sure to book a shark cage diving tour with, North Shore Shark Adventures, sure to be another epic highlight of your Hawaiian vacation!