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10. North Shore

The Seven Mile Miracle

Often referred to as the “Seven Mile Miracle,” the North Shore of Oahu is home to some of the best surf in the world. While it’s typically calm and flat during the summer months, the North Shore lights up during the winter, and prime waves can be found up and down the coast.

If you’ve ever been surfing in Maui or Oahu, you’ll know what I’m talking about—Hawaii epitomizes surf culture. On any given winter day, a number of professional surfers can be found on the North Shore, making for an impressive show for those who prefer to stay on the beach. Although there are a few beginner-friendly spots, the North Shore is most famous for the massive waves that can be found at Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, or Waimea Bay.

Surfing at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Surfing at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii

Big, powerful waves that call for big skills

Pipeline is one of the most famous and most dangerous surf breaks in the world — it offers perfect, barreling waves that break over a shallow reef. Located just past Pipeline is Sunset Beach, which is known for its big, powerful waves and beautiful beach. Waimea Bay, the most famous big-wave spot on all of the North Shore, regularly receives 10–30 foot swells during the winter.

Waimea Bay hosts a number of big wave chargers and is home to the famous “Eddie Would Go” contest, in honor of legendary surfer Eddie Aikau. While many of the famous spots on the North Shore are too challenging for me personally to surf, I’ll never tire of watching the impressive waves and talent that have made the stretch of coast famous. Like the surfing in Kauai, you’ll feel be watching or riding waves with legends-to-be.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the breathtaking Oahu hikes.

About the author
Southern California-based surfer and travel writer

Rebecca is a seasoned writer and outdoor enthusiast. Born and raised in Orange County, she has spent countless hours exploring the California coastline. She loves surfing, standup paddling, and anything that involves water. When she’s not in the ocean, you can find her exploring the local trails or sleeping under the stars alongside her adventure pup, Koa.

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