Shark's Cove, North Shore of Oahu
Hawaii has had some giant swells come in and surfers, tow-in surfers, and spectators have been soaking up the glory of nature at her finest. We left town the other day to capture the crashing surf anticipating 20 - 30 ft waves. Thanks to Professor Steve Businger, our weather guru, he and his fellow meteorologists were right on spot. Surf was big at 2p with a monster swell coming in by 4p - 6p and growing.
Here is a short clip from this week out at the North Shore of Oahu -- one of the greatest destinations on the planet for those of you who are not familiar with the island of Oahu. Here you get a taste of old Hawaii in just a 45 minute drive from Waikiki. Terrific restaurants, my favorite boutique (Silver Moon), roadside pizza, Ted's Bakery (home of the world's best chocolate haupia pie), the Surfing Museum, glass blowing, shave ice stands, old style Mom & Pop shops, and great folks out there. Then there is the surf.
We asked producer, Jeff Mueller, if he wouldn't mind taking some shots from in the surf. He's an experienced open ocean waterman, agreed to do so, and he also took our small Canon out there in its underwater housing. With Jeff in the shot we had a frame of reference to show just how big the waves were on this day. Shooting 30 -35 ft in the air, Johann Bouit, back in Honolulu from setting up a PacificNetwork.tv studio in Papeete, Tahiti; shot on a high def Sony EX3 from a bluff about 30 yards from the edge of the reef. To the right of Shark's Cove, muffled by the crashing waves, we heard a helicopter hovering overhead with another video crew capturing some tow-in surfers. (That's when a jetski tows a surfer out because the waves are too big to paddle. Then these big wave surfers are dropped into the wave and the jetski high-tails it out of there before the 40-50 ft wave begins to break).
Some folks go to the office. I've gotta admit as demanding as our line of work is ... this kind of experience makes it all worth it. So please enjoy just another "Hawaiian day at the beach".