Halloween is the traditional “opening day for the North Shore season and this year didn’t let anybody down. Waves in the fou-r to five-foot range greeted trick or treaters, followed the next day by solid eight footers for those that weren’t too hung-over to surf. Pipeline was smoking with the usual suspects getting back into their routine of ripping cavernous tubes.
The XCEL Pro, in it’s 20th year, got off to a great start, with an eight foot west swell and excellent weather. Early standouts were Don Darnell, Justin Quirk, Ikaika Kalama, Makua Rothman, Dustin Quizon and Jason Magallenes.
On a very tragic and sad note, 13 year old Kauai surfer Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a tiger shark estimated to be 12-15 feet long at Tunnels Beach on Kauai. Bethany, one of the states best female surfers, lost her arm in the attack that occurred on Halloween day. Firefighters scoured the area for the shark and Bethany’s arm but to no avail. Bethany is a very strong young woman and after a lot of hard work and rehabilitation she will hopefully be back in the water. Get well soon kid. Keep your eyes peeled for a donation fund for this talented young woman.
Wedding bells have been ringing on the North Shore and some of our best surfers and craftsman have tied the knot. In the course of two weeks, pro surfers Ross Williams and Pancho Sullivan got hitched to their respective ladies, while shaper John Pyzel married his longtime girlfriend. Congratulations men and best wishes on your futures.