North Shore Surf


The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii is famous for its many surf spots. Whether you are a beginner or an expert there is not shortage of surf. There are three particular surf breaks in the North Shore that we feel are worth telling you about. They are Backdoor, Pipeline and Chuns. If you’re traveling to Oahu anytime soon and you want to impress people with your surf knowledge, these three breaks are ones you should talk about. We are only here to help :).

Backdoor (North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii)

Known as the world’s most dangerous right-hand reef break, Backdoor has challenged surfers for many years. Backdoor is about 200 yards west of Banzai Pipeline and approximately 7 miles east of Haleiwa. This wave is a right-hand barrel with one of the thickest curling tubes in the world. Kelly Slater is known as Mr. Backdoor for surfing it unlike anyone else. In hawaiian it’s called lauloa, which means “a long wave that crests and breaks at one end of the beach to the other”. Backdoor is usually pretty flat during the summer but picks up major groundswells from November to March. We recommend this break to expert big wave surfers. The board we would recommend would be a short board, no longer than 7 feet 10 inches.


Banzai Pipeline (North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii)

Considered to be the highlight of many professionals surfing careers, Pipeline is another daunting wave that has challenged many surfers over the years. It’s beautiful barrel has been posterized all over the world. When the surf is up at Pipeline or “Pipe” as the locals call it, is the arguably the most dangerous surf spots in the world. With it’s lethal coral reef close below and rip currents as fast as rivers, Pipe has killed, bruised, badly injured and made grown men cry. The boards we would recommend would be short boards, big-wave guns, and body boards on occasion. Pipeline is a left-hand reef break and requires expert skill level.


Chuns (North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii)

Chuns Reef is well known for its dreamy nose rides. The ideal wave for a long boarder, not to say short boarders or body boarders won’t enjoy, is situated off the Kamehameha Highway on the North Shore of Oahu. Compared to Backdoor and Pipe, Chuns provides a softer wave. This right hand reef break is a break for intermediate surfers. This wave is best for performance surfing.

Now that you know a few facts about Backdoor, Pipeline, and Chuns it’s time for you to get out there and impress some people. I’m not saying to go surf it right away… Unless Kelly Slater is reading this, in that case Kelly, go right ahead. For the rest of you, get out there during peak season and go watch the pros tear it up!

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