Giant surf on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, has caused a major highway to be closed and has even forced the evacuation of some residents.
Wave heights are reaching six to seven times overhead, in what Surfline is calling 30 foot with occasional 45 foot waves.
Unfortunately for surfers and spectators alike, the onshore wind is causing the waves to be blown out and un-rideable, which is why the Eddie Aikau Invitational is not being held even though the minimum wave height has been met.
The contest may be held on Thursday depending on conditions, which is likely the last chance the contest could be held this season since the window closes Feb. 28.
“We don't want to disappoint anybody and we will leave it up to the Bay to call the day on Thursday,” event director Glen Moncata said in a press release.
The Eddie is held at Waimea Bay.
The Kamehameha Highway was closed from Hale’iwa to Turtle Bay to vehicles except for city buses and emergency crews because of the high surf.
KHON2 said at Shark’s Cove, lifeguards issued more than 5,000 warnings to beach goers.
Haleiwa and Haleiwa Alii Beach Parks, Waimea Bay and Keawaula Beach (aka Yokohama Bay) were closed due to the giant swell.
The Eddie Aikau Invitational organizers will announce Thursday morning whether or not the contest will run.
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