Perhaps the greatest wave riding for surfing in the world is had right off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands. Thats pretty much where the North Shore of Oahu really gets its claim to fame. Waimea Bay, the Banzai Pipeline its all on the North Shore.
It is not just local Hawaiians that surf there, either. Professional and amateur surfers from all around the world who are always in search that perfect wave travel to and visit Hawaii as much as they possibly can. However, one event that takes place on the North Shore of Oahu draws in the real crowds.
Well, a series of surfing events, actually¦
The Surfing Triple Crown is Hawaiian based series of professional surfing events. There are three events for the women and three events for men. The majority of the events take place on the North Shore of Oahu.
The men compete at Ali'I Beach Park for the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the O'neil World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach and the Billabong Pipeline Masters at the world famous, Banzai Pipeline. The women's events are the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park; the Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach; and the Billabong Pro Maui at Honolua Bay, Maui.
It is ALL of the world's premiere, professional surfing events all nicely rolled into the Hawaiian Islands.
The History of Surfing in Hawaii
It's ironic that Hawaii has so many professional surfing sporting events and culture. Why do we say ironic? Well, because the ancient Hawaiian's didn't consider surfing to be a sport, extreme adventure, or recreational activity.
In the native tongue, the act of surfing is known as he'enalu. The act of surfing was first described by a member of Captain Cook's third voyage to the Hawaiian Islands in 1769.
The ancient Hawaiians integrated surfing into their culture as an art form. The chief of Hawaiian tribes was always the most skilled surfer of the bunch with the best board made from the best wood of the best tree in the area.
Surfing is as much a part of Hawaii as it has ever been and despite the professional surfing competitions there are still many Hawaiian who consider surfing as an art form do so just for the love of the he'nalu. If you're on the Oahu for your holiday during the winter season, then visit the North Shore and watch some of the best surfers in the world take on the ocean.