Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Oahu's North Shore

Speaking of Oahu, it is also  the home of the North Shore, 10 miles of the most spectacular beaches and legendary surf spots on the planet.  The Devil Dog grew up on Oahu, spending 9 idyllic years of my youth here, and one of the most amazing things is how the North Shore has remained, with minor exceptions, virtually intact from the way it was 30 or 40 years ago. Above, two surfers ride the same break at Epukai Beach Park, better known as the Banzai Pipeline. In the winter the perfectly tubed waves here can reach 20 feet and more.  

At Waimea Bay, when the surf is down, the locals amuse themselves by diving off the large rock at one end of this picturesque legendary beach.  Waimea Bay itself, seen below, is a stunning beach park where the winter off shore swells can reach 30 and 40 feet.

And at the end of the day there is nothing like a Hawaiian sunset, where the couple below enjoy the last rays of the sun at Waimea Bay. The North Shore is an epic destination and one the Devil Dog never tires of revisiting, no matter how many times he may go there.

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