This week I was busy prepping for Christmas and Johnnie was busy finishing the two Master’s classes he has been working on. Christmas cards have been mailed out and present shopping is done (almost all online this year). I didn’t get any cookies baked but I’m kind of relieved not to have that added stress and calories 🙂
In the midst of our busy schedule, we managed one awesome day out to see some of the Billabong Pipe Masters surf competition on the North Shore. I missed the huge waves and competitions last year so I’m very thankful that I can cross it off my list now!
Giant waves are only seen during the winter here and only on the North Shore of the island. There are three surfing competitions that are held at Ehukai Beach (also known as the Banzai Pipeline) at the end of November and into December every year when the wave heights are at their peak.
The beach was crazy crowded, the weather was perfect, the waves were 10-15 feet high, and the excitement of the crowd was contagious. This was a very cool experience!
We got to the beach just in time to watch Kelly Slater and John John Florence catch their few final waves. Kelly Slater ended up winning the Billabong Pipe Masters competition for the 7th time.
After the competition was over, many surfers went in to try their luck at the waves. We sat watching them and relaxing on our beach blanket.