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Watch Big Wave Surfing on Oahu

The North Shore’s legendary winter waves attract the best surfers in the world. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, considered the Super Bowl of surfing, is held on its shores every year in November and December at Waimea Bay, Haleiwa Beach and Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline).

Here's what Dan Moore, North Shore resident and winner of the 2005 Billabong XXL awar, has to say about some of the North's Shore's most famous spots:

"Waimea Bay has a lot of history. It's known to be one of the first places where the guys ventured out in the 50s and rode giant waves."

"Banzai Pipeline is a remarkable spot. For spectators it's probably one of the better vantage points to watch surfing. It is a dangerous place, so it's for experts only."

"Sunset Beach is my favourite spot, actually. It's where I learned to ride big waves."

Note that during big wave season and especially on competition days, traffic to the North Shore can be heavy, so plan accordingly.