North Shore time runs on a different clock, the surf clock. About ten days ago we had some great Pipe days, only a week ago Parko won Haleiwa, and since then, not a lot has gone down. We had some days of smaller, fun surf as the Haleiwa contest finished, a little six- to eight-foot bump the day before Thanksgiving, and now it's been flat for a few days. It's been so slow that it seems like O'Neill's World Cup of Surfing hasn't even started, even though they ran one day of competition. The swell maps are not looking good for the next week, and in all probability, the second stop of the Triple Crown will run in small surf at Sunset Point, the very little sister of Sunset Beach.
But not to be detered from having a good time, surfers on the North Shore are good at making the most of the down days. As anyone who's been here knows, you can pretty much always depend on a flat spell or two, and the regulars who come back year after year have become well versed in alternative entertainment. Luckily we had Thanksgiving to break things up -- and it's always nice when it's flat on Turkey Day so you can enjoy a day of endless meals, as all the locals want to make sure that all their visiting friends are well fed and feel at home. Ultimately you end being invited to at least two or three feasts, and not wanting to be ungrateful, you usually consume way too much food.
Besides eating, when the surf goes flat the girls go shopping, movies town are always a big draw, as are the parties. Barbecues are a constant -- in other words, more eating. Aamion Goodwin had a birthday cookout and poker tournament, while CJ Hobgood, Bethany Hamilton, Brett Simpson, Travis Logie and Jay "Bottle" Thompson have all tried to avoid the calories and become regulars on the tennis courts up at Turtle Bay. Then there's the golf, but you'll have to ask Julian Wilson or Ross Williams about that. As if that's not enough, Danny Fuller and his friends from RVCA hosted a beachside fishing "tunament." I think the biggest fish caught was almost as big as the lure it was caught on, but that didn't matter, as they also had another barbecue and an endless supply of Longboard Lager.
Right now, everyone is hoping for some miracle swell to pop up that isn't forecasted, and even though it's flat, flat on the North Shore is still head high. Otherwise, everyone will try and stay sane doing all the non-surf things you do here in Hawaii ... and hopefully shed a few Thanksgiving pounds in the process.