give respect, get respect
winter is the time of big surf on the north shore of o'ahu. sunset (seen here), banzai pipeline, waimea bay are some of the world's most famous surfing spots. storms in the northern pacific are the creative force behind the 15-20 foot waves battering the shore and attracting professional and wanna-be surfers alike.
surfers paradise has a dark side though. and i didn't find this out till we got back home. an article published in the international herald tribune (funnily a day after our trip north) speaks to the degree the locals are with protecting their territory.
the video is well worth the time too.
we didn't see anything like this, but of course we weren't really looking. but now i wonder why these two were hesitant to enter the water. were they newbies initimidated by the pounding waves or by the pounding they'd get for breaking an unwritten code.
gives a whole new meaning to surf and turf.