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30 foot Surf at Waimea Bay....exhilerating !!!!

Up at 5.30am to catch the bus up to the North Shore to watch the Eddy surf competition at Waimea Bay where the surf has to be over 30 foot and is invitation only. They are not allowed to be towed in on to the wave and must paddle on to the wave.

Down in the kitchen having my breakfast I met up with 6 others ( 1 girl and 5 guys - from all over the the world) also heading up there so they asked if I want to join them.

It took a good 3 hours to get up there and 2 bus rides. The first bus is to Ala Moana Mall where you then change on to the 52 bus to the north shore. On the bus we discovered the "Eddie surf competition" had been cancelled as the surf was not big enough. We knew it would still be at least 20 foot and kept going.

Once we hit the north shore the traffic was crawling so we got off at Pipeline Beach where there were 20 foot waves and some guys our surfing. Walking along the beach we got caught by the whitewater that races up the beach to the rock walls and the homes right on the beach. We went to a supermarket to get some snacks, past Shark Cove which was closed to swimming and snorkelling with the wild surf and then around the road to Waimea Bay.

There were makeshift stalls selling food and drink along the road , people sitting on a roof of house to watch the surf, others on a lounge suite on the headland and then the beach at Waimea was packed !!

There was such fun party vibe on the beach with wall to wall people, loud music, shade tents and families. The lifesavers were on the loud speaker all the time yelling at people to get away from the waters edge, "parents get your children away from the waters edge , its like letting you child play by a highway...not smart, there is a big set coming through , get further up the beach". The jet ski went out several times to help bodyboarders and body surfers who got in trouble at the shore break. There was about 20 surfers on the point catching the big waves. I was there for 4 exhilarating hours - absolutely loved it!!

As the afternoon went on the surf got bigger and bigger and there were 30 foot sets coming through. Waimea Beach was split in 2 as the waves for bigger and tide came in the water rushed through the middle section into the river behind. People got their belongings washed away into the river many times as they were taken by surprise. I stood on one of the rises in between the camera men and the white water rushed up the incline where we were and washed away their camera bags and tripods. It was crazy and chaotic and I got wet up to my waist as they water splashed up

The shore break was so sucky and just huge and dumping . It was hot being out in the sun so long but absolutely worth it!!

Catching the 3 hour bus home was exhausting and absolutely packed with most people having to stand all the way back! Got back to the hostel at 6.30pm

Ridiculous amount of photos below and had culled by a third.

Big waves at the point

Big waves at the point


# 2 point waves

# 2 point waves


#3 point waves

#3 point waves


Huge shore break

Huge shore break


Big shore break sets

Big shore break sets


# 2 Big shore break sets

# 2 Big shore break sets


Catching the big waves out the back

Catching the big waves out the back


Shorebreak #1

Shorebreak #1


Shorebreak #2

Shorebreak #2


Shorebreak #3

Shorebreak #3


Shorebreak #4

Shorebreak #4


Sections of beach closed

Sections of beach closed


More shorebreak

More shorebreak


Afternoon shore break getting bigger

Afternoon shore break getting bigger


Shorebreak

Shorebreak


shorebreak

shorebreak


shorebreak

shorebreak


shorebreak

shorebreak


River the surf was breaking into

River the surf was breaking into


Beach split in 2

Beach split in 2


Pipeline Beach

Pipeline Beach


Pipeline beach 2

Pipeline beach 2


Pipeline

Pipeline


Beaches closed

Beaches closed


Narrow Pipeline Beach

Narrow Pipeline Beach


Pipeline

Pipeline


Pipeline

Pipeline


Waimea  Shorebreak

Waimea Shorebreak


Laneway behind the beach

Laneway behind the beach


Shark Cove

Shark Cove


Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay


Craziness by the road

Craziness by the road


Shark Cove

Shark Cove


Looking back at the big Waimea Bay surf

Looking back at the big Waimea Bay surf


Shark Cove

Shark Cove


High impact waves at Shark Cove

High impact waves at Shark Cove


Shark Cove to Waimea Bay

Shark Cove to Waimea Bay


Shops open early for the Eddie

Shops open early for the Eddie


Shark Cove

Shark Cove


Everyone heading to the surf

Everyone heading to the surf


Stalls and people on rooves

Stalls and people on rooves


Roof sitters

Roof sitters


Food stalls

Food stalls


Cameras on the headland

Cameras on the headland


Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay


Lounge surf viewing

Lounge surf viewing


Packed Beach party

Packed Beach party


Waves washed all this away as the tide came in

Waves washed all this away as the tide came in


Packed Beach

Packed Beach


Looking to St Peter Paul Church

Looking to St Peter Paul Church


All kinds of people at the beach

All kinds of people at the beach


Big waves out the back

Big waves out the back


Huge amount of white water that raced up the beach

Huge amount of white water that raced up the beach


Huge spray off the back of the waves

Huge spray off the back of the waves


HUGE wave

HUGE wave


Shorebreak

Shorebreak


Big set

Big set


The guys from the hostel I went with

The guys from the hostel I went with


Beach party

Beach party


Church on the headland

Church on the headland


Treacherous corner of the beach

Treacherous corner of the beach


Splitting the beach in 2

Splitting the beach in 2


Huge white water on the beach

Huge white water on the beach


shorebreak

shorebreak


Big set

Big set


Big set

Big set


Packed beach

Packed beach


Sets

Sets


sets

sets


sets

sets

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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