I was really excited to finally get to see the monster waves on Oahu’s North shore. We found the famous Banzai Pipeline that’s at Ehukai Beach Park. I’m sure my jaw must have dropped in amazement dozens of times. While we were there the surf forecast was up to 18 feet waves. I think some of the ones we saw had to be taller and according to this article from ESPN, the waves were 16 to 20-foot on the face.
You can see more of our photos from Ehukai Beach Park here. Didn’t Andy do a great job with the camera work?
If the winter surf is up on the North shore of Oahu, I highly recommend you plan some of your vacation time to watch the waves and the brave surfers. Check the local weather forecasts to determine the days when the waves will be best.
Let me emphasize that you should watch these waves and not be tempted to “shred ‘em” for yourself. Unless you are a very experienced/professional surfer, don’t even think about surfing these waves. The day we were watching professional surfers were trying to qualify for the prestigious Billabong Pipeline Masters tournament. Several of these expert surfers were injured in the process. (See the above referenced ESPN article.)
The Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park is located north of Haleiwa, between Sunset Beach Park and Waimea Beach Park. The easiest way to find it is to look for Sunset Beach Elementary School on the mauka (mountain) side of the Kamehameha Highway (Hwy 83). Ehukai Beach will be directly across from the elementary school. There’s a small parking area on the beach side that fills up quickly. If that is filled, then parallel park alongside Kamehameha Highway making sure you avoid the areas designated as no parking zones. Note that we did see police issuing tickets for vehicles parked in the no parking zones.