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Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu

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Waimea Bay, Oahu Hawaii

Waimea Bay is located on the North Shore of Oahu, near Haleiwa. Waimea Bay is at the mouth of the Waimea river and Waimea Valley extends behind the bay. Waimea means “Red Water” in the Hawaiian language.

Pu'u o Mahuka, an important “Heiau” (Hawaiian temple), is located above the bay and the remains can still be seen. Pu'u o Mahuka was designated a state monument and Native Hawaiian historical site provides great views of Waimea Bay and the Waianae mountain range. The surf break at Waimea Bay had a significant role in the development of big wave surfing. The large surf that occurred during the winter months was not attempted until November 7, 1957 when a handful of surfers decided to paddle out and take their chances.

While this only happens a few times a year, Waimea Bay was the most prestigious big wave surf spot for decades. With the invention of Tow-in surfing many more big surfing breaks with much better conditions were discovered. Waimea Bay still holds a special place in today’s big wave surfing. The Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational in memory of Eddie Aikau is held at this spot in order to honor the first lifeguard of the North Shore, Eddie Aikau.

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