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Big surf on Hawaii’s northern shores all week

big_surf_hits_HawaiiIt’s official: big surf season is upon us.

This morning’s surf report announced gargantuan swells along the north-facing shores of all the Hawaiian Islands. Surf heights of 10 to 15 feet are expected today on the north-facing shores of Oahu, Molokai and Maui, while surf of 14 to 18 feet is expected along the north shores of Niihau and Kauai.

It’s an impressive sight. But nowhere near the storm-powered, reef-smashing waves of recent years that have measured upwards of 30 feet—if not more. Then again it’s only October, hardly the heart of Hawaii’s winter.

The seasonal phenomenon is so remarkable it’s one of the reasons why “Winter in Hawaii Is Better Than Your Summer.” That’s the title of the cover feature of HAWAII Magazine's upcoming November/December 2008 issue. Keep your eyes peeled for it in the coming weeks at most national bookstores and newsstands, or by print subscription or in digital format.

If you’re here with your longboard and tempted to get into the water, think again. Unless you’re a surf pro you’re best off watching safely from the shoreline. Bring your camera, too. If you get a solid shot, send it our way. We love a good surf pic. If we like yours, we'll post it here and tell the world you shot it.

Festivities surrounding winter big wave surf contests like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore and Maui’s Honolua Bay are open to the public. Competition begins November 12. Or catch my personal favorite, the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, happening this December at Oahu’s Waimea Bay.

Surf on the north-facing shores should stay large the next few days before slowly mellowing over the weekend. If you want to spot the big waves this week, better call in sick.

I’ll see you at the beach!

Surfers dropping into a wave at Waimea Bay
Photo: Associated Press

Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
What's the best way to learn how to surf in Hawaii?
Surfer Girls: We hit the waves for a beginners lesson with Girls Who Surf
PHOTOS: Monster surf continues on Oahu’s North Shore. Aikau contest crowns a winner.
Catch a wave of surf films at Honolulu Academy of Arts

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