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Ivan's board snapped in half eventually, but his board wasn't the only one that day!

Paradise!  Oahu, surf paradise, the surfer's Mecca, this is the island, the place every surfer has dreamed about from watching all those Bonzai Pipeline competitions year after year.   2005 was my year.   All my life I had wanted to go to Hawaii just to say "I have been to Hawaii."  Much more say "I have surfed in Hawaii!"

The trip fare was a graduation gift from my family a week stay at the Radisson.  My cousin Ivan, both devoted surfer, and traveler came along for the ride as this too, was his first time in paradise.   We arrived at Honolulu Airport Friday morning.  As I had expected, the weather was warm and humid. We took a cab to downtown Waikiki where we met our friend Scott.

Pipeline surfing with huge waves and wipeouts.
  Scott was there for a day and had to fly back to Maui by noon.  Scott gave a few insiders on where to surf and what the swell was doing.  We checked in and were out within minutes. We rented two fund boards and headed out to Waikiki beach.

4 hrs later, we decided we were hungry and pretty much tired from and well tanned.   We headed back into the hotel and cool off for a bit.

The next day we woke up at 5am in hope to find a less crowded Waikiki but to no success, it was packed!  Glassy conditions only made it better and surfers flocked to the beach.   4 hrs later we decided we were hungry again.  At around 11am, we walked around the Waikiki talking to people in search of the local POV, but we soon realized people in Waikiki are mostly tourists.  We walked around diamond head and came across a windsurf spot, there must have been 40+ windsurfers to what it seemed like a secret spot in a very affluent neighborhood just northeast of Waikiki.

We decided to head to the North Shore the following day.  We planned the places we should visit and how to get there.  On our way there, we had to stop at some one's house to check out and buy a couple of surfboard.  Our idea was to surf the north shore..... 
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Ivans board snapped in half event…
Ivan's board snapped in half even…
Pipeline surfing with huge waves …
Ivan on a $80 surfboard
Ivan on a $80 surfboard
Oh yeah!
Oh yeah!
Me doing it..
Me doing it..
boogie boarder...
boogie boarder...
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Don't know who that is??
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