September 21, 2005 High Noon @ North Shore, Oahu — Town is only now going flat from that rocking south swell that peaked at 15 foot faces in the darkness between Sept.14 and Sept. 15th. Reports are still flooding the coconut wireless of outer island bliss, did you see Alika’s Maui freight train wave on surfermag.com? It was macking! Basically, a nice week of surf for the south shore, and some West side spots doing it too.
Haleiwa fisherman and friend too many surfers, Kevin “Tash” Nakamura died recently and the funeral is Sept.24th at Mililani Mortuary starting at 6PM…catch a wave, or a fish, for him.
Are you ready for a surf-horror movie? According to the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper filmmaker Jordan Alan is doing just that with the making of ‘Pipeline’, which is scheduled for six weeks of filming here in November and December. I hear the surfing footage was shot last February at “Jaws” on Maui…that’s Haolewood for ya.
Construction, err, reconstruction, on the famous Anahulu Bridge in downtown Haleiwa is moving right along without major delays or harm to motorist, good job. The contractor even put up surfboard signs with their name on it…That’s the spirit! The Rainbow Bridge is getting a complete face lift and will be done in October, if all goes according to plan.
Meanwhile, up the coast, construction of the 17 new parking stalls at Ehukai Beach Park seems to have stalled…Waialua Beach Road is finally repaved, and even Pupukea road going up the steep hill is getting repaved! I saw skateboarders here for the recent contest at Mililani SK8 Park bomb the hair pin turn for a video, scary…. Heh, where is the North shore skate park????
The turtles at Laniakea are still causing a tourist trap that causes traffic to be tied up every day…Yet, the big waves will not allow the turtles to hang at Lani’s much longer, I hope.
Did you know about Eddie Aikau day? The Eddie Aikau Foundation has some great shirts memorializing the man and his day. Only $15 dollars with proceeds doing good deeds thru Eddie’s Foundation. Call Mahina at 808-368-7749 to order these truly collectable T-shirts.
September 23-24 the Rabbit Kekai Grom Fest will take over Queens and Sept.24-25 HASA event #2 will go at Tennis Courts or Ala Moana. And same time got the IBA US Pro Tour at Sandy Beach with the best bodyboarders around…
The first surf event of the winter season is the 29th annual North Shore Menehune Surfing Championships October 8-9, the event was started by the late/great Rell Sunn and her friends; this event is the launching pad for many top surfers like Derek Ho, Liam and Garrett McNamara, Jamie O’Brien, Pancho, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Rusty K. and current #6 on the WCT, Fred Patacchia. Highsurfwarning.com photogs will be on it, so look for galleries at the end of each day! Entry forms at all Haleiwa surf shops. Event happens in solid surf at Alii Beach Park. Contact Skil Johnson to help sponsor this important event.
October 9-16 is the waiting period for the Red Bull King of the Air event at Ho’okipa, Maui. Back on Oahu, Oct.15-16 HASA event #3 at Diamond Head. Oct. 21-23 the China Uemura Longboard PRO-AM at Makaha is gonna be a winner…
The Xcel Pro at Sunset is October 2- Nov.10, plenty of waiting period for this very important event. HASA event #4 at Ma’ili Point on da Westside should have some good surf, and then November 12-24 the WCT Men and Women invade Ali’i Beach for the Vans Hawaiian and Roxy Pro. Yep, we are already talking about the Triple Crown of Surfing.