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Surfing encounter evokes grandfather’s love


• Updated on  June 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm
Sometimes the dead send messengers. They can take any shape — people, birds, dolphins, dragonflies — but the message is the same: Remember me. Read More

Trying different spots, surfers navigate new social networks

The summer’s gotten off to a promising start, with a series of late-spring swells. Hopes for an epic season on the South Shore are high. Read More

In the face of humiliation, perseverance is key

School’s out, so a pack of groms materialized on the inside at the Suis surf break off Diamond Head on a recent weekday morning. Read More

Bodysurfers brace for city’s new contest rules


• Updated on  May 22, 2018 at 11:22 am
There’s simply not a lot of wiggle room for competition in the water on Oahu’s North Shore. Read More

Cherish Mom by taking time to connect, make memories


• Updated on  May 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Today is Mother’s Day. Have you called your mother yet? If you haven’t called, texted, wired flowers, bought a gift or made reservations for brunch, tea, dinner or spa, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and remember what Mom loves best: togetherness. Read More

Junior surfers star in big and small waves


• Updated on  April 23, 2018 at 9:51 am
Like understudies who catch a lucky break, teen surfers stole the show on the North Shore this spring after the established stars of the World Surf League moved on to Australia and other stops on the championship tour. Read More
 

Pro golfer Tiffany Joh shreds on land and water


• Updated on  April 6, 2018 at 6:34 pm
When she took up surfing six years ago, pro golfer Tiffany Joh discovered there’s more than one way to shred. Read More

Rogue surf instructors flout regulations with students


• Updated on  March 25, 2018 at 6:36 pm
Unlike an uncle who teaches a kid for free, surf schools on Oahu must have a commercial use permit. In addition, every individual who’s teaching surfing in the waters between the Diamond Head Lookout and Kewalo Basin must have an operator permit. Read More

Caldwell seeks kupuna input on surf contest reform


• Updated on  March 10, 2018 at 5:54 pm
A surfer himself, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants to balance the interests of competitive and recreational surfers when seeking to revise the city’s current permitting rules. Read More
 

Surfers seek alternatives during changing seasons


• Updated on  March 3, 2018 at 6:05 pm
March is here, the month spring arrives and Oahu’s South Shore surfers watch eagerly for swells in the aftermath of winter after saying a hopeful goodbye to February’s heavy rainstorms, brown-water alerts and tradewind lulls that stifled residents with vog. Read More

Spate of ocean deaths underscores need to support lifeguards


• Updated on  February 24, 2018 at 6:33 pm
Three out of the four drownings that have occurred on Oahu this year have happened at beaches without lifeguard stations. But what we don’t hear about so much are the drownings that lifeguards prevent. Read More

Ungovernable sea provides comfort, lessons in humility


• Updated on  February 17, 2018 at 5:55 pm
Light spirits have been scarcer on the Hawaii surf scene lately. But surfing is a lesson in humility. Sometimes you don’t even need waves. Read More

It takes time to get a surfer’s priorities straight


• Updated on  February 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm
Spectators at the Pipe Masters competition in December were shocked to see Gabriel Medina drop in front and nearly on top of Kelly Slater, who was emerging from a barrel at Back Door. Medina wasn’t penalized. Why not? Read More

As panic spread during nuke alert, some sought solace in sea


• Updated on  February 1, 2018 at 10:52 am
From the lanai where I sat with my coffee, the newspaper and the cat, the ocean looked glassy and I looked forward to surfing when the tide dropped. Suddenly my husband, who had just left for the market, returned with news of an incoming ballistic missile. Read More

Surf accidents provide wake-up call


• Updated on  January 21, 2018 at 4:51 pm
In January, the North Shore scene calms down a bit after the holiday-season tourists have departed and the Triple Crown of Surfing is pau. But a few recent incidents have reminded surfers that the ocean is still a wild and unpredictable place. Read More

New year celebrations sound doomsday clock for Waikiki fish


• Updated on  January 14, 2018 at 3:51 pm
Welcome to 2018: From a fish’s perspective, it’s Dunkirk without any rescue. Fishing is banned during odd-numbered years and permitted on even-numbered years in the waters of the Waikiki Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area. Read More

Ocean teaches that life is fragile, so appreciate it


• Updated on  December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm
We all experience loss every year, whether in person, through loved ones, acquaintances or the news. Mortality is the human condition, some would say what makes us human. Read More

When waves are scarce, surfers enjoy being with people


• Updated on  December 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm
Despite the wintry chill, the seasonal spirit has eluded me amid workday commutes filled with construction detours and the seasonal congestion caused by extra trolleys, tour buses and rental cars. Read More

Surf-themed artwork restores the beauty of the season


• Updated on  December 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm
“Winter Swell,” a show of surf-themed art by local surfers, is on view through Dec. 30 in the Hawaii State Art Museum shop that’s been re-conceived, under new ownership, as a gallery. Read More

Surfing is competitive but we should play fair


• Updated on  December 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm
Conditions were near-perfect on the afternoon of Nov. 30, Day Two of the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay, as the waves arrived like ranks of goddesses — tall, lithe and glittery gray — to be welcomed by the women surfing in thisculminating event of the world championship tour. What followed was a visual symphony. Read More

Artificial waves may eliminate more than unpredictability


• Updated on  December 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm
Wildness is precious and vanishing fast — and soon we’ll have waves at the push of a button, as the World Surf League announced that the wave pool at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in California’s Central Valley will be added to the 2018 championship tour. Read More

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