The North Shore in winter is NOT ‘the Mecca of surfing’ ... Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is actually the Haleiwa of Islam.LATITUDE:
21 deg N
24 deg C
16 hours from London £750
Kinda pricey, like $500/week minumum
The North Shore in winter is NOT ‘the Mecca of surfing’ as previously, erroneously, reported by this and every other surf magazine. Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is actually the Haleiwa of Islam. It’s that way around. Whereas every able bodied muslim is expected to go to Mecca once in his or her life, every self- respecting surfer should do at least six North Shore pilgrimages, funds permitting, before they perish and rot silently back into the cool, dark humus.
Between November to Xmas particularly (but also right up until March) it’s fairly crowded. It’s much windier than Indo, the waves are considerably shorter and generally way less perfect, and it’s much more expensive. You are even more likely to get hassled for waves by a brazilian, Israeli, Aussie, Italian, Frenchie, or any other kind of blow-in than at Canggu. Nevertheless, every self-respecting surfer should do at least six North Shore pilgrimages, funds permitting, before they perish and rot silently back into the cool, dark humus.
I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of why here, because I don’t need to. That would sound desperate. I don’t need to plead a case for the North Shore, to twist arms, to brainwash via a barrage of boasts and claims. I don’t need to say ‘Kammies is really good on a north swell’ or extol the many virtues of backyards. I shall merely calmy repeat that at least six times, yes six, you should visit the North Shore and elevate your surfing, your quiver and your consciousness, to all new heights.
You do not “do” Hawaii, ever. The phrase “I’ve decided; I’m gonna do Hawaii this year,” should never pass your lips, your impertinent, uncouth, heretic lips. You will never ever “do” Hawaii. But if you’re lucky, sensible and wholesome, Hawaii will do you.