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#2850816 - 09/24/18 08:38 PM North Shore first timer.
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Finally doing it this winter for two weeks. February.

Advice?
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#2850828 - 09/24/18 09:14 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Stay in shape or get in shape now.

Make sure you bring or get and have the right size boards.

And try and read Pat Caldwell's reports before you come to get a feel for things.

Here : http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/pages/SRF.php

Depending on how this winter season goes it could be a good one, you never know.

February can have some big swells, depends what size range you are looking to ride.



.....I am goingoutside now....I am about half in shape now....so I have a bit of paddling to do....

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#2850834 - 09/24/18 09:32 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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take your everyday shortboard and buy your other boards over there. get your paddling strength and cardio up. swim, cycle, run - whatever works for you. you're going to have a great time. the guys that live over there can fill you in on the different spots.
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#2851006 - 09/25/18 10:47 AM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: goingout]
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Strong North winds and Man o War predicted all winter drowning
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#2851286 - 09/25/18 06:13 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: obslop]
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Originally Posted By: obslop
buy your other boards over there


Would you suggest ordering something or are there just masses of used OTRs?
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#2851297 - 09/25/18 06:25 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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As far as where to stay has AirBnB become the only reasonable option if you're not able to shell out big bucks?

Anything I need to know about car renta/break ins?

Being that I only have a few weeks, any suggestions about where NOT to waste my time?

Any spots I shouldn't even bother attempting to surf?
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I tried to talk my PT into doing it." -Autoprax

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#2851317 - 09/25/18 07:15 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Backpackers Hawaii hostel was a nice cheap option when I went at the end of the season. Might be busy in Feb.

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#2851343 - 09/25/18 07:50 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Originally Posted By: casa_mugrienta
Originally Posted By: obslop
buy your other boards over there


Would you suggest ordering something or are there just masses of used OTRs?


i've done both. if you want to try your hand in some larger surf though, it's best to just grab something used and there are literally hundreds of semi-guns and on up for sale used. also keep in mind that the surf can turn your brand new custom you just picked up into half a board with the other half MIA.
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#2851379 - 09/25/18 08:40 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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i had the opportunity to witness big, Lanis and Sunset. for the locals that was "fun size" and "user friendly." for me i was out of my confort zone and a bit more. Had nothing to do out there, so just sat and took pictures..... went to some shadowed places that were really fun.... hawaii is amazing
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#2851422 - 09/25/18 10:57 PM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: paunch23]
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Ride a 76. Check out over by Kaena. Over there.

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#2851444 - 09/26/18 01:55 AM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Originally Posted By: casa_mugrienta
As far as where to stay has AirBnB become the only reasonable option if you're not able to shell out big bucks?

Anything I need to know about car renta/break ins?

Being that I only have a few weeks, any suggestions about where NOT to waste my time?

Any spots I shouldn't even bother attempting to surf?



As for places to stay, I know of none, but beware of bed-bugs at the back-packer/hostel spots.
I don't think you want to stay at those places anyway.

Car rentals, get a car that least looks like a typical rental car. Get a few local stickers and put them on the rental unit, don't press them on too good, it's easier to peel them off on your last day.
The west side is a different story.

As for surf what are you thinking of riding? Rights, lefts or both? Size wise? (face heights work)

The up-side spots, Velzyland to Waimea can be a bit more intense wave wise and crowd wise.
The other half from Waimea to Haleiwa can be just as womping but the crowds might be mellower.
Then there are the spots your local friends might take you to, and if you get up early enough, you
could be the third guy out.

Like anywhere, swell size, swell dir. and the wind factors play alot into where to surf on any given day.


.....I am goingoutside now....your glad your not here now....it's way too hot....

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#2851453 - 09/26/18 03:29 AM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Originally Posted By: casa_mugrienta


Anything I need to know about car renta/break ins?



convertible = car robbery.

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#2851993 - 09/27/18 12:37 AM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Rent a local's car using Turo the app or the website. I do it every time I am on Kauai and rent the same guys old red truck, comes complete with a big cooler and beach chairs. Leaves it at the airport with the keys in it, I land and throw my boards in the back and drive away. Did the same in Oahu, everyone thinks you are local and you don't get messed with when parked at the beach. Also way cheaper than any of the car rental places.


Edited by Eimeo (09/27/18 12:38 AM)

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#2852005 - 09/27/18 02:16 AM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Originally Posted By: casa_mugrienta
Originally Posted By: obslop
buy your other boards over there


Would you suggest ordering something or are there just masses of used OTRs?


The used board market on the NS is sort of lame and overpriced at the shops. Plenty of pro surfers boards that wont work for regular people. You can buy cheap, new OTR boards at the surfboard factory in Kapolei. They have hundreds of OTR boards. https://www.surfboardfactoryhawaii.com

Sell them when you leave or take them with you.

Or find a shaper who you want to order a keeper board (or boards) from to take home. For example, you can order Bonzers from Jacob Campbell and pick them up at Cafe Haleiwa.

Worrying about your car getting broken into is a waste of time and mental energy. The risks are overblown at most spots. Dont leave anything too valuable in the car and youll be fine. But I am lame and surf spots you can see from the lifeguard tower at Ehukai 90% of the time.

People here are nicer than they are in California. Be nice back, and youll be fine.

Dont drop on bodysurfers or guys riding surfmats.
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#2852030 - 09/27/18 07:59 AM Re: North Shore first timer. [Re: casa_mugrienta]
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Contact these guys :

Nat Wooley - works for Eric

https://www.instagram.com/woolleynat/

Matt Yerxa - works for Pyzel , Erics for 12 years before

https://www.yerxasurfboards.com


http://www.demarcosurf.com - complete builds
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