Sunday, December 30, 2012

Surf's Up in Hawaii!

A northwest swell, perhaps rising to 30 feet by Monday, is good news for the Big Boy surfers, particulary on Kauai and the North Shore of Oahu. Big wave action also beckons both locals and visitors who want to take a seat in the sand to see some of the world's best athletes in action—and for free. To be a spectator on Oahu, head for Waimea Bay (the bluffs along the guardrail by the church) and to Ehukai Beach Park, where Pipleline makes its famous curl on a near-shore reef. On Kauai, one of the best viewpoints is Kalihiwai Beach Park, although more people head for Princeville to check out Hideaways and Queens, breaks offshore the mouth of the Hanalai River. The Hanalei Pier is also a great perch for the near-shore break. For a northwest swell on Maui, try the seawall in Lahaina. But to see the best, head north of Ka'anapali to Honolua Bay, where cliffside seats are easy to get to and put you right in the action. (Trailblazer guides have sections on the surfing beaches of Hawaii, including the best places to be a spectator.)