North Shore Poised for Epic Transformation

SUNSET BEACH, HI – Wed. Dec. 2, 2009 – Conditions are as calm as they get here on the North Shore of Oahu this-morning, however the seven-mile surf miracle will soon undergo an epic transformation, set to transition from smooth, small waves to mountainous surf by this-evening.

Organizers of the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing have placed the event on standby and will make an 11:30am decision as to whether they will run the latter half of the day. It all depends upon the onset time of the swell., official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, issued this statement this-morning:

“A new and very solid NW groundswell will rapidly build across the North Shore Wednesday afternoon and top out for Thursday before fading on Friday,” says Jonathan Warren, of Surfline. “Then progressively larger NW swells are lining up for the weekend and early next week. However conditions will be a major factor throughout the week with variable wind and weather from passing frontal systems. Nonetheless, there will be windows of favorable winds and solid surf.”

For the thousands of spectators who are flocking daily to the North Shore to catch the action, the impending ocean transformation is a natural phenomenon they are eager to witness. At this time of year, you can literally watch the waves rise before your eyes.

“This will be the first time I’ve ever seen this,” says Murray Whana, a Maori from New Zealand who is here on two weeks vacation specifically to witness the big wave surfing on Oahu’s North Shore.

“Unbelievable – it’s hard to imagine. For me it’s a one-time opportunity in my lifetime to ever see this. I can’t wait. And to think this is going to go on for a week… it’s insane!”

A midday update will be issued.

For all of the LIVE action log on to Find out the call for the day, each day, as soon as it’s made by Director Randy Rarick by signing up for mobile text alerts at When competition resumes, all the action will be broadcast live on the web at, as well as on Hawaii television on Oceanic channel 250.

Making the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink possible: Reef, O’Neill, Billabong, Gidget Worldwide, Nixon, Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, JN Automotive Group, Surfing Magazine,, FUEL TV, The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaiian Springs Water, Road Runner, Climb On! chemical-free skincare, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). The Series is proud to announce that it is working with local company Tr3ees to embark upon a greener, more sustainable future.

Jodi Wilmott – (808) 258-8533