Winter Flayva' Wednesday came rolling through today to give us a little taste of what's on the way in the upcoming months. With set waves breaking overhead and the occasional barrel, everyone got a taste of the action, and for some reason, everyone sensed it was coming.
The sun come out at about 5:45 now, depending on where the clouds are, and by 5:20 the gang was already in the parking lot waiting to get a peak at what the day would bring. From the parking lot, it looked fine, but on the paddle out, the set came through, and those waves were pretty.
The first wave of the day was caught by a kneeboarder that got totally pitted, then spat out of the barrel going left. We had a perfect view into the tube as we were on our way out.
It was fun all morning. The sun was shining, the wind was about 5-10 mph, beautiful. Things got crowded quick and, as usually, the stand up paddle guys were ripping on the waves nobody else wanted. It's amazing how many solid "left-over" waves you can grab all morning.
There seemed to be more visitors than locals because there were a few guys dropping in on everyone. At times, it was kind of scary watching from the channel. Even though there were a few guys being way too aggressive for a smaller day, the crowd stayed mellow. Everyone knows that when you are overly aggressive, and even more so on a small day, your only setting yourself up as a kook.
The Hawaiians truly do surf with Aloha, and when outsiders come over, all aggressive-like, they stand out like a sore thumb. The locals know that there's more to surfing and the ocean than cutting off the next guy and catching all the waves...but we'll cover that another day.
Anyways, Winter is coming. The 1-2 foot day (shoulder to head high Hawaiian scale) had some of the juice we've been waiting for. Saturday is supposed to come up to 2-3+ feet, just in time for the final event in the Steinlager Shaka Longboard Series featuring stand up paddle division. It's open entry some come out and charge with us at Ali'i Beach Park in Haleiwa.
It's always good times with the North Shore SUP crew.
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