My family was lucky to have rented a house on a protected bay on the North Shore of Oahu. It was the perfect place to learn how to surf, made more perfect by the fact that we could watch the waves from the dining room and rear deck and we could race into the water when the conditions were right.
But to see good surfers, we had to drive 10 minutes down the Kamehameha Highway to Banzai Pipeline. The Billabong Pipeline Masters was held there the week before I arrived. I would have loved to see this competition and watch pro-surfers like Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater do their stuff.
Even though I missed this major event, there was still plenty of big surf and big surfers to watch and admire.
Our regular pilgrimages to Pipe always included a stop at the Crispy Grindz food truck just across the road. A Brazilian husband-and-wife team head this delicious operation, which opened in 2008. With a açaí or pitaya bowl in hand, we could concentrate on watching the surfers, bodyboarders, and stand-up paddle boarders battle the waves.