Coronavirus got you down? Time for some armchair travel to the North Shore where surfing is king!
Yes, on our recent trip to Oahu – before the world went into quarantine – we spent four nights on the North Shore next to the Seven Mile Miracle, the most concentrated stretch of big wave surfing on earth.
Our first night at Turtle Bay we were delighted to watch the surfers as the sun went down.
And the next morning after sunrise –
we were even happier to watch this doggie surfing. 🙂
But for the big wave surfing we headed to Ehukai Beach Park, aka the Banzai Pipeline.
According to Wikipedia, “The Banzai Pipeline, or simply Pipeline or Pipe, is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef.”
And here we are riding the waves!
HA! Only the experts dare to surf the dangerous Pipe. In fact we were firmly planted on the beach watching the action off shore and even that was a thrill.
The Banzai Pipeline is one of three beaches where Vans Triple Crown of Surfing takes place during the winter where the best in the world compete. Fortunately our trip did not coincide with that event or we’d not have gotten close to any of these beaches, not to mention a room at Turtle Bay Resort.
Eventually we had our fill of surfing and headed to the famous North Shore beach town,
where I managed to find something to buy – no surprise there – a new bathing suit! The young woman who waited on me was originally from Brazil, but spends the winters on the North Shore during the surfing season. Ah to be young and free! 😉
After a full day we headed back to Turtle Bay where I took this picture and applied some artsy editing for an Instagram post.
More adventures to come from the North Shore including a walk through beautiful Waimea Valley!
Stay tuned. 🙂
Terrific photos – what an adventure!
Thanks John! We had such a great time!
Thanks. I was much in need of a Hawaiian vacation today.
You’re welcome! Me too! 🙂🌴
Looks like you had a good time up there.I’d love to see the surfers, but haven’t got over for that yet.
It was everything I hoped it would be. And I highly recommend staying at Turtle Bay Resort if you can get a good deal.
Thanks! I may escape the confines of my house and take a vacation in my backyard today with my camera in tow.
Vacations in the backyard are always a good thing! 🙂
Surfing is one of the reasons why I would love to visit Hawaii. I’m glad you managed to go on a vacation before the viral outbreak. We had to cancel all our travel plans, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s time we remind ourselves what’s important and what’s not. Thanks for sharing, your photos look absolutely amazing and so does Oahu. Aiva 😊
Thanks so much for your comment. I’m thankful we had a wonderful trip before the world went into quarantine. Now it’s time to take care of ourselves and others, and save our vacations for a later time! Or take them in our own backyard. 🙂
Thank you! It’s a special place!