YOU’VE BEEN GETTING YOUR HAWAII ON ALL WINTER FROM THE COMFORT AND SAFETY OF YOUR OWN HOME. YOU WATCHED DA TRIPLE CROWN WEBCAST. YOU HAD HAM AND PINEAPPLE PIZZA 3 NIGHTS LAST WEEK, MACADAMIA NUT CEREAL BARS EVERY DAY AND LIKED INSTY’S FROM JOB, DONKEYSHOW AND ALANA. WELL NOW IT’S TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL... IT’S TIME YOU ACTUALLY WENT TO THE ISLANDS.
Here are ten reasons why you absolutely, positively must go, and must go late season.
1. It’s warmer than home but not ‘too’ warm. It’s like, pleasant as a pheasant, you won’t burn your face off. Go to the equator in Feb after 4 months of Europe’s dark and you might get scorched. The Islands, on the other hand, nestle at a very reasonable 21 deg North, and thus are moderate in their tropicality, not punishing.
2. Not all of the WQS top 700 have gone home, but many, many have. That means it’s a touch less crowded than Nov/ Dec. Let’s assume you go after the Pipe WQS, then not only have the QSers gone home, they’ve gone home twice!
3. If it’s been a good season from early on, crew have had their waves and might be a bit mellower. A bit like certain predatory animals that are dangerous when hungry, but much less so when fed.
4. It’s (a bit) cheaper. It’s still not exactly a bargain, but certainly less premium priced for digs than the Thanksgiving to Xmas,Vans Triple Crown peak. Flights are also cheaper from mid-Jan, coming down after the festive season, or Kalikimaka, as you now call it.
5. Your tan might last until spring, at which point the building northern hemi warmth will top it up into an early summery glow... fab!
Last year's exceptional run of late season surf proves late season can deliver the goods as much as any other.
6. You can pick up mad used boards. Sure, your local shaper makes guns too, but do they give you the horn in the same way a classic North Shore foamsmith’s do? Probably not. All those dudes that go for the pro season, they order a swathe of Arakawas, don’t need/break em all, then put them in the used rack to sell. Then you walk in with a semi and go home with a full on chubb!
7. You have to go at some point. Actually, you don’t, but hey, you also kinda do.
8. Swells are coming later these days. OK this might be a shonky science in terms of the long term climatic record of our planet, but for the last couple of seasons at least, solid W and NW swells have come to the party in April, which is pretty late. Usually, as the northern hemisphere heads into summer, a blocking high establishes itself in the North Pacific. More often than not in the last few years, this has happened later than usual, meaning storms keep getting generated and swells keep on coming.
9. Better photos. All North Shore photos are cool versus their equivalent from elsewhere. You biting into a Kua ‘Aina burger, awesome. You riding a bike on the bike path, Bushman under arm, fantastic. You checking the surf at the Rockies right of way, incredible. Contrast that with your surf trip pics from basically any and every other surf trip, which, in truth, are a blight to both your Profile and everyone else’s News Feed. Let’s be clear about that. There is no danger whatsoever of that friendly Kiwi called Simeon posting pics of you awkwardly bottom turning in a long sleeved white rashie and reef boots on the North Shore, but there is every chance of that happening in Indo. In fact, it’s guaranteed.
10. Saying that, why should you go to late season Hawaii versus early season Indo? Good question. Actually, on balance... go Indo.