A photo diary of the iconic winter waves of the North Shore of Oahu as seen from Waimea Bay!
It’s officially big wave season on the North Shore of Oahu! Dane and I have lived here for more than half a decade and I still can’t get over the winter waves on Oahu each year. It seems insane to me that giant waves of water are welcomed by surfers (it would personally terrify me!), but it’s also amazing to see the big wave surfing competitions in Hawaii and people ride these gigantic waves! These photos were taken of the big waves (total walls of water!) at Waimea Bay last weekend.
Dane and I drove up early in the morning to beat the traffic of the Billabong Pipemasters Surfing Competition up the road at Sunset Beach. We hung out on the beach for a few hours watching the waves, surfers and body boarders who know these waterways like the back of their hand. It’s important to note that the entire time, lifeguards were patrolling the beach by foot and ATV warning tourists to stay the heck out of the water. They were also out on jet skis rescuing people who didn’t listen. It’s amazing to me that they can make announcements about how dangerous the water is and yet – people don’t listen! Anyway, I loved how some of these photos turned out and wanted to share. Even looking back now, the photos simply don’t do the big waves justice. In one of the photos you can see a man and his daughter in the foreground and the waves towering over them if that gives you any idea of just how big they are!
North Shore Hawaii Waves At Waimea Bay
And for anyone curious, here is the camera lens I used to capture these!
Winter Waves at Waimea Bay