Monday, May 23, 2011

A countdown to Hawaii: 18 days

Discover Waimea Bay!!

Located on the legendary North Shore, Waimea Bay was an influential surf spot during the dawn of big wave surfing in the 1950’s.  Adventurous surfers began to challenge the powerful winter waves of Waimea, giving birth to the big wave-riding phenomenon.

Big wave season hits Hawaii from November through February (so we’ll miss a lot of the action) but it attracts the best men and women surfers from around the world.  Waimea Bay, along with other famous spots, hosts world-renowned surf competitions.  The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, known as the Super Bowl of surfing, happens every year.

Beyond the surf, which is where we’ll probably be, Waimea Bay is a beautiful North Shore Beach with wide stretches of sand to sunbathe and picnic.  During the summer, the waves of Waimea actually subside making the waters suitable for swimming.  A rock outcropping in the bay is a popular spot for locals to climb and jump off of, but they say that can be dangerous and it’s not advised.  Also, please heed all postings and lifeguard warnings!  They are there for a reason.  Trust me, I learned about this stuff in Marine Biology.  Leave the dangerous big waves of Waimea to the pros.

Other than that – enjoy the scenery!

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