All the dates for surf events on Oahu broken down for you and what to expect when you get there.
TEXT & IMAGES BY JACKSON GROVES
WHEN TO VISIT OAHU TO SEE A PRO SURF EVENT
Love surfing? Here are the dates of the year you should book your vacation to coincide with some seriously big waves ridden by some of the world’s best surfers.
WHAT TIME OF YEAR SHOULD YOU BOOK?
As winter approaches, the North Shore of Oahu receives some booming waves while the water temperature and weather remain beautiful for the most part. This makes it easy to relax on the beach with a Poke bowl in the sun watching guys and girls crushing it out in the surf. While all of the competitions have a great atmosphere, the Billabong Pipe Masters event is the biggest.
It’s important to note that the event dates are a tentative schedule and the actual event may only occur 2-3 days out of the weeks listed for the event depending on the swell.
HOW MUCH DO EVENTS COST
All of the surfing events are 100% free, even parking is easy to find for free for most events. Find a spot on the sand, drop all your gear and enjoy getting a tan while the commentators keep you filled in on the action.
WHAT TO EAT
Gathered on the road behind the beach, there is a collection of food trucks serving up everything from North Shore’s legendary garlic shrimp to street-style Mexican food. And in addition to trucks offering up Acai bowls, lemonade and coconut stands will never be more than a short walk away. And for those who don’t want to risk missing a wave, a packed lunch and a cooler with chilled drinks means you can park yourself on the sand and enter the chill zone without having to move all day.
WHAT TO BRING
Of course sunscreen and water are the two necessities for a day at the beach on Oahu. Bringing a beach towel or even a chair is key if you plan to put in a solid shift on the sand. If you are into photography, bring your camera and join the hundreds of hobbyist and Pro photographers snapping away from their tripods. Anything you have forgotten can be found for sale on North Shore so don’t stress.
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Brittany from Boston
Thursday 14th of April 2016
Looks like so much fun! Keeping this on my radar for when I eventually make it to Hawaii...and will be needing a lens upgrade before then, wow those guys have some serious cameras!
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Thursday 14th of April 2016
Hey Brittany, It literally is the who's who of photographers! Some really big lenses come out to play too! I shot most of my Pipe shots with my old Canon 7d and a 100-400mm L series