Here it is, the infamous Waimea Bay, the traditional home of big wave surfing as this is where it all started. It is also the place where I’ve been four times now and never seen a wave over 4ft high! Two day before I arrived here there were 20ft waves thumping through and a couple of days after they were thumping through again. Never mind, one day I’ll be there when the huge waves come through.
When there aren’t huge waves crashing onto the beach its almost perfect for families. The water is crystal clear and there are some cool rocks to jump off into the water. There is nearly always heaps of space on the beach as well. I still remember the first time I ever saw Waimea Bay it was in a really corny 80’s movie called North Shore. The movie was about some newbie who learnt how to surf in a wave pool in Arizona, he won a competition in the wave pool and then used the money to fly to Hawaii.
In true typical Hollywood style he goes from being a wave pool champion to a big wave competition surfer within a matter of months. Has anyone else seen the movie?
Little did I know that less than 2yrs after watching that movie I would be paid by the Australian taxpayer (I was in the defence force) to go and visit Hawaii for almost 3mths.
Its an iconic Hawaiian spot and if you ever get the chance to go for a swim there, you should do. Who knows you might even be able to send me a shot of the big waves as they are crashing onto the shore while I’m not there.