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Rogue surf instructors flout regulations with students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

The possibilities are endless when surfers inspire each other

Surfing at its finest is a private, gender-neutral communion with a force of nature. In such moments we are truly free. Read More

Function, survival both trump style in surf wear

As autumn rolls in, surfers weigh fashion versus function when out in the water. Read More

Surfer, homeless populations shift when parks close down

When evicted from one park, many houseless people shift to the next. Surfers do the same. Read More
 

Disasters remind surfers we’re not alone

For many Hawaii residents, the volcano-spewn gases and particles known as vog bring asthma, coughing, headaches, skin rashes and irritated eyes, but our local haze was overshadowed by the thick, toxic black smoke that blackened California skies and rained ash as far south as San Francisco Bay. Read More

Kakaako closure boots bodysurfers from exclusive spot

The loss of access to the bodysurfing-only break at Point Panic would be hard but bearable — if there were a time frame for reopening. The prospect of an indefinite closure made some, well, panic. Read More

Surfers miss distant waves, loved ones when ocean’s flat

In previous early autumns, Oahu’s South Shore surfers have exalted over glassy, head-high waves, but this year’s mostly flat fall has prolonged our “endless bummer” of a summer. Read More

Film charts rich heritage of royals surf haven

“Ka‘ahele Ma Waikiki,” a wonderful new film created by John Clark and Ann Marie Kirk, contains footage of Waikiki surfers in 1913 and of Duke Kahanamoku paddling out to Queen’s with his youthful entourage in the 1960s. Read More

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