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Surfers sustained by dreams in and out of waves

In any given year, standout Pipe surfers who aren’t on the professional world tour or haven’t amassed enough qualifying points to enter the elite Pipe Masters championship might be chosen to compete in the Pipe Invitational in December. Read more

Knowing limits crucial for surfers

Surfing, like any dangerous sport, is about knowing when to stay within your limits and when to push them. Sometimes, the limits win. Read more

Surf meet rules should place public above commercial concerns

The City and County of Honolulu’s draft revised rules governing permits for surf meets on Oahu’s North Shore may not seem to concern those who don’t live or surf there. But controlling shoreline usage for this vast stretch of our island impacts us all. Read more

How to choose a reef-friendly sunscreen that also protects skin

You don’t have to be a brain coral to know that sunscreen washes off. On any sunny day you can see it glistening in the waters of Waikiki and Hanauma Bay, and even in the wilder waves of Makapuu you can smell and taste the stuff. Read more

Cherish Mom by taking time to connect, make memories

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

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

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

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

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