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Oahu’s North Shore is home to skyscraper sized waves suitable for only the most experienced surfers. Some of these monsters top out at 30 feet or more with curls large enough for surfers to stand up in. The Banzai Pipeline is the most famous of these curled wave locales.These perfect waves draw boarders from around the world eager for the challenge, as well as onlookers crowding the beaches alternately cheering and shaking their heads.
The larger swells arrive from October through April, with the best chance of finding the real monsters in November and December. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is held at Waimea Beach each year during these two months. The time span is so long because the contest only begins when the waves are between 20 and 30 feet high. Anything lower leads to surfers and spectators opening up a cold one or two and just waiting another day.