North Shore Surf Competitions 2021 – 2022 / The Ultimate Guide

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Finals day at the Billabong Pipe Masters at Banzai Pipeline.

North Shore surf competitions are some of the most exciting sporting events in the world. That’s not an opinion. Ask anyone who’s been to one — they’re incredible.

Whether you’re an avid surfer or have never touched a surfboard, surf competitions on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, are an amazing sight to see. Locals and visitors alike gather on the beach to watch the best surfers in the world pull into 20-foot barreling waves at the legendary Banzai Pipeline. The crowd holds their breath in unison, waiting to see if the surfer is going to make it out the other side, and cheers erupt as the pro spits out of the wave unscathed.

There are lots of things to do on the North Shore, but if you find yourself in the area during wintertime, do yourself a favor and go see a North Shore surf competition. And check out our Guide to North Shore Oahu for our recommendations on the best restaurants, shops, and things to do on the North Shore.

*If you’re looking for info about surf breaks on the North Shore, check out our Guide to Oahu Surf Spots>>

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North Shore Surf Competitions 2021 – 2022

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Just another beautiful day with amazing waves on the North Shore.

In the winter months between November and March, huge swells bless the North Shore of Oahu with some of the best waves in the world. Said waves attract the best surfers in the world and serve as a stage for some of the most exciting surf competitions in existence.

Surf competitions work a bit differently than your typical sporting event because organizers are at the mercy of the waves, so below we explain how surf competitions work. And below that, we’ve compiled a list of the top surf competitions on the North Shore and all the dates and details for the 2021 – 2022 winter season.

COVID-19 Updates & Effects:

When Coronavirus hit in 2020, there were major effects on professional surfing and World Surf League events. Most of the 2020 season events were canceled altogether, and the new schedules for 2021 and 2022 were completely overhauled – including the event schedules for the North Shore. 

Prior to Covid, the schedule for North Shore surf competitions had been roughly the same for a long time – with the same legacy events happening around the same dates year after year. Legendary events like the Vans Triple Crown series and Billabong Pipe Masters were consistently slotted for the same dates every year.

Because of the Covid shake-up, there have been tons of event changes – the biggest of which is that in 2020, the Vans Triple Crown (which was an epic multi-event series) was reintroduced as a ‘digital competition series’ so it will be only be held online for the foreseeable future 🙁 .    

Pre-COVID, the major North Shore surf competitions were held at the end of the competitive surf season (in November and December) and the events contributed toward determining who won the Championship Tour (CT), and which surfers from the Qualifying Series (QS) would qualify for the CT the following year. After Coronavirus, everything has shifted.

Currently, instead of North Shore surf competitions ending the CT tour schedule and season, they will now be the start to the Championship Tour schedule (in January and February).

There are still great surf events in November and December – they just aren’t Championship Tour events or the same schedule as the legacy events of the past. That said, all types of event shifts are still rumored to change, so events and schedules are still in flux.

To simplify all of the changes, we’ve detailed the latest North Shore Surf Competition schedule in chronological order at the top, and at the very bottom, you’ll find descriptions of the Pre-Covid classic events (so you know the history in case you’re interested; also, some events might make a return!).

If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment at the bottom of the article and we’ll do our best to help! 

The Lowdown on Surf Competitions

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Two-time World Champion John John Florence competing at Hale’iwa.

In case you’re not familiar with the format of surf contests, here’s the lowdown. Since coordinators can’t predict what exact dates will have the best conditions for surf, there are holding periods or event windows in which a competition will take place.

For example, the holding period for the Billabong Pro Pipeline in 2022 is January 29 – February 10. During the competition window, the weather and wave conditions are closely monitored, and every morning the contest officials make the call whether the contest is on or off.

If you’re visiting Oahu in a contest window, check out the website of the contest host or their social media every morning to see if the contest is on. For any World Surf League events, check out out the World Surf League website, as they host quite a few of the top contests listed below and provide live updates on whether they are a go or not.

A Few Tips

  • Pack water and snacks for the day. Most competition sites have minimal food available, if at all.
  • Take your own shade. In the morning there can be some shade, but it’s very limited in most cases and the sun can still be plenty hot in Hawaiian winter.
  • If you bring an umbrella or other shade-giving contraption, do everyone a favor and keep it low or set up to the side so you’re not blocking anyone’s view.
  • Bring a camera (with a telephoto lens if you have it). It won’t do the waves justice, but you’ll have fun trying.
  • Take binoculars. You’ll be stoked to have them for places like Sunset Beach where the action is a few hundred yards offshore.

Haleiwa Challenger

November 26 – December 7, 2021

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Ali’i Beach Park / Hale’iwa

WHAT: WSL Men’s and Women’s Challenger Series Event

WHERE: Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

EVENT WINDOW: November 26 – December 7, 2021

Haleiwa Challenger is the last event in the World Surf League’s new Challenger Series, which is basically a high-scoring event in their Qualifying Series (QS). (The Qualifying Series is a division of WSL surf competitions in which top surfers compete to qualify for the Championship Tour.)

Located to the west of the boat harbor in Haleʻiwa town, Haleʻiwa is a surf break with many faces and serves as a training ground for many up-and-coming Hawaiian surfers. From punchy waves when it’s under head-high to gnarly barrels and closeout bombs when it’s double overhead plus, Haleʻiwa is the ultimate high-performance surfing arena. If it’s going off at Hale’iwa you can count on seeing some unreal turns, epic barrels, and a variety of aerial maneuvers.

Since this is a QS event, don’t count on many surfers from the Championship Tour to be in the competition. That said, there are lots of super-talented surfers on the QS, and some top Championship Tour surfers might show up to compete to warm up for their upcoming season.       

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The scene at Hale’iwa

GOOD TO KNOW: When the main parking lot is full, parking can be tricky (and expensive if you get a ticket). If you’re parking on the main street make sure that your car is completely off the road and not obstructing any walkways. We’ve seen the parking police give multiple tickets for vehicles that were barely crossing the lines. Food isn’t readily available in the immediate area so pack a lunch if you plan to stay for a while (Pro Tip: plan on staying for a while).

Pipe Pro

December 8 – 20, 2021

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Seth Moniz at the 2021 Pipe Pro / photo by WSL, Keoki Saguibo

WHAT: Men’s and Women’s Qualifying Series

WHERE: Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

EVENT WINDOW: December 8 – 20, 2021

Pre-Covid, December 8 – 20 was formerly the event window for the Billabong Pipe Masters (which is a Championship Tour Event), but the Billabong Pipe Masters has now been shifted to January 29 – February 10 (more on that event and Pipeline below). 

Currently, the Pipe Pro is a WSL Qualifying Series event, featuring competitors from the Men’s and Women’s QS tour competing at one of the most famous waves in the world. While the competitors are mostly QS surfers, you might see a few familiar faces from the Championship Tour as well.

** In December 2022, a new event called The Vans Pipe Masters will debut in the event window of Dec 8 – 20. We’ll give an update on this when we learn more!

Da Hui Backdoor Shootout

January 4 – 16, 2022

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Banzai Pipeline / North Shore Oahu

The Da Hui Backdoor Shootout is an invitation-only North Shore surf competition that features some of the best Pipe surfers in Hawai’i. Held in memory of Duke Kahanamoku, this unique jersey-free competition features teams of four competing against each other in epic Pipeline conditions.

There used to be another Da Hui event called ‘Da Hui Pipeline Warriors’, but there haven’t been any dates released for that event in 2022. Da Hui Pipeline Warriors included not only shortboarders, but also various other board-riding divisions including bodysurfing, SUP, and Longboarding.

WHAT: Surf competition hosted by Da Hui

WHERE: Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

EVENT WINDOWS:

  • Da Hui Backdoor Shootout: January 4 – 16, 2022
  • Da Hui Pipeline Warriors: Typically held in early February but no confirmed dates announced for 2022.

GOOD TO KNOW: The contests are held on the best 3 – 4 days of surf conditions. You can watch them live on Surfline and Spectrum Hawai’i Surf Channel 250 or HD 1250.

Billabong Pro Pipeline

January 29 – February 10, 2022

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WHAT: The first event of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour (Men’s & Women’s)

WHERE: Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

EVENT WINDOW: January 29 – February 10, 2022 

The Billabong Pro Pipeline (formerly known as the Billabong Pipe Masters) is one of the most premiere and surf-star-studded surf competitions on the North Shore (and truly, the world). Held at the legendary Banzai Pipeline, the Billabong Pro Pipeline is the first event stop of the 2022 Championship Tour season and features the top surfers in the world.    

(Historical FYI: Prior to Covid, this event was formerly held at the end of December and was the final event of the season. It was also the third and final stop of the Vans Triple Crown.)

Banzai Pipeline is world-famous for a lot of reasons, but especially for its size, shape, power, perfection, proximity to shore, and mesmerizing beauty. The break is capable of producing 25- to 30-foot gaping barrels that explode onto a super shallow and craggy coral reef. This all goes down very close to shore, making the beach at Pipe the ultimate wave-watching platform.

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Jordy Smith at Backdoor / Billabong Pipe Masters

GOOD TO KNOW: Banzai Pipeline breaks left. However, surfers often surf the right as well which is known as ‘Backdoor.’ Depending on which direction is barreling better, the best seats in the house are either slightly up the beach northeast of the main peak if Pipe is doing its thing, or slightly down the beach southwest of the main peak if Backdoor is working instead.

Hurley Pro Sunset Beach

February 11 – 23, 2022

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Binoculars and a telephoto lens come in handy at Sunset Beach.

WHAT: The second event of the 2022 WSL Championship Tour (Men’s & Women’s)

WHERE: Sunset Beach, North Shore Oahu

EVENT WINDOW: February 11 – 23, 2022

Sunset Beach is one of the most iconic and challenging waves on the North Shore – the lineup is a massive playing field, the waves can get ginormous, and the conditions can be treacherous and unruly. Sunset Beach is a recent addition to the Championship Tour schedule and is an awesome spot for the world’s best surfers to put on a show. 

Surfing Sunset Beach is the ultimate proving ground as there are a variety of conditions to endure – with multiple peaks to navigate and a whole lot of water moving. The waves tend to be big, powerful, and just downright nasty at times, which is all part of the beauty and amazement of Sunset Beach.

You’ll watch in awe as the pros throw down freakish open-face carves and pull into dredging barrels. If it’s on and the waves are pumping, the Hurley Pro at Sunset Beach will be a surf competition that you’ll never forget.

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Sunset Beach barrel

GOOD TO KNOW: The action is a few hundred yards offshore, so bring your binoculars and a telephoto lens if you have ‘em! Also, there are a couple of food trucks in the area, including the Insta-famous Sunrise Shack coffee stand where you can get your fix of bullet coffee, tea, and papaya bowls.

The Eddie Big Wave Invitational

December 1, 2021 – February 29, 2022

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WHAT: Invitation-Only Big Wave Surf Contest in memory of Eddie Aikau

WHERE: Waimea Bay, North Shore Oahu

EVENT WINDOW: December 1, 2021 – February 29, 2022

‘The Eddie’ is a big wave invitational surf contest named after Eddie Aikau. Eddie is a legendary North Shore lifeguard and surfer who was known to chase the biggest swells and charge the biggest waves. A well-known saying in the surf community is “Eddie would go” which refers to how the fearless waterman would commit to paddling into the biggest and gnarliest waves.

This big wave North Shore surf competition has been around for 34 years but has only run a total of nine times since 1984 because the waves need to be huge for the contest to run. The competition is held at Waimea Bay – a legendary and challenging big-wave spot with a lot of history.

The contest has a three-month window from December through February when everyone involved is keeping a close eye on the surf report in hopes of identifying a swell worthy of running the contest. They look for swells that will produce waves in the 30-40 feet range, and the contest will typically run if surf heights reach a consistent 20 feet (Hawaiian) between December 1 and February 29.

The last time The Eddie ran in 2016, defending world champion and North Shore local John John Florence won the prestigious trophy. The opening ceremony to kick off the holding window is often held around the end of November or early December.

GOOD TO KNOW: This event is a big deal with a lot of history surrounding it. It has only been given the green light to run nine times in the last 34 years! If you’re lucky enough to be in Oahu when this contest is a go, this is a surf competition that you don’t want to miss. Waimea Bay is the ultimate North Shore surf competition amphitheater with viewpoints surrounding the action. Bring binoculars, pack a lunch, and enjoy the show.

Where to Stay on the North Shore

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3-bedroom oceanfront house at Sunset Beach / from $798 per night

Thankfully, the North Shore has been successful in keeping mass development at bay and the result is a country-like island coastline. Because there isn’t an assortment of hotels in the area, a great option is staying at a vacation rental for the best value and experience.

For the closest access to the surf, we recommend staying between Hale’iwa and Sunset Beach. That said, another top area close to the action with many great vacation rentals is Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay has multiple condo developments and a resort set on two golf courses and is surrounded by over 850 acres of mostly undeveloped land and coastline.

The condos are independently owned so they’re all different, and perks include pool areas, walking distance to the beach, a fun user-friendly surf break nearby, and easy access to beautiful trails all around the property.

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Turtle Bay Resort sits on a small peninsula surrounded by the Pacific and beautiful coastline.

If you’re into big resort fare with all the amenities, Turtle Bay Resort is the place on the North Shore – though it’s good to know that you will typically get a lot more space staying at a vacation rental versus the resort. That said, Turtle Bay Resort will give you more amenities, so the best choice just depends on what you’re looking for.  

We know the North Shore very well, so to help you find the perfect place to stay, we’ve rounded up a few of the best vacation rentals on the North Shore. Below are a few top properties at different price points that were hand-picked based on location, design, amenities, reviews, and proximity to surf breaks.

* Good to Know: There used to be many vacation rental options on Oahu, but due to some recent strict short-term rental laws, many short-term rentals are no longer available so there is low supply and high demand. Because many places will book out, we highly recommend booking your reservation as soon as possible for the best options.

Mid-Range • Under $300 per night

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North Shore Studio on large property / from $180 per night
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North Shore studio between Rocky Point and Sunset / from $180 per night
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Modern 1-bedroom Condo at Turtle Bay / from $192

High-End • $300+ per night

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3-bedroom Oceanfront Condo at Turtle Bay / from $759 per night
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3-bedroom oceanfront beach house near Pipeline / $650 per night
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Beachfront 5-bedroom House near Pipeline / $1,250 per night

Things to Do on the North Shore

In addition to having some of the best beaches and surf competitions on the planet, there are tons of other great things to do on the North Shore. Check out a few top activities below and visit our Oahu Guide for more awesome things to do in Oahu.

Classic North Shore Surf Competitions

(… that have drastically changed format or have ended… for now)

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Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup

The following events are a few North Shore surf competitions that were classics prior to Covid. After Covid, a whole lot of competitions and schedules changed and these events were no more. That said, some events have morphed into another name or competition, and there are rumors that some may return back on the scene. We’ll have to wait and see, but here’s the lowdown on a few of the legacy surf events on the North Shore.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

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John John Florence on Finals Day at the Billabong Pipe Masters / North Shore Oahu

THE LATEST: When Covid hit in 2020, many surf competitions and events were canceled or changed, and the Vans Triple Crown was one of the largest casualties. In 2020, in lieu of holding in-person events, Vans ran the Triple Crown as a ‘digital competition series’ and they have since stated that it will remain in this format permanently moving forward. So what the heck is a digital surf competition?

Basically, the contest is based on video submissions. During the event period of December 21, 2021 through January 21, 2022, competitors must surf across the three breaks of Haleiwa, Sunset, and Pipeline/Backdoor and submit video clips of their two best waves per location. WSL judges review the submitted wave clips and score competitors’ waves, and the competitors with the highest scores win. The winners will be announced at the official Awards Ceremony on January 23, 2022.

Needless to say, this new contest format all goes down online, and the exciting in-person events have ended for the foreseeable future. Fans can follow along with the new digital format and check out all submitted clips and leaderboards at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing site.

Here’s how the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing used to run:

WHAT: A series of 4 different events. 1 qualifying contest and 3 main contests.

WHERE: Sunset Beach (twice) // Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park // Ehukai Beach Park Banzai Pipeline

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: November 13 – December 20 (the last in-person Vans Triple Crown was held in 2019)

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) is one of the most sought-after surf competition titles in the world for professional surfers, especially local North Shore Hawaiian surfers since the entire series of events takes place on their home turf.

The Vans Triple Crown is actually a combination of four events. The four events are the Vans Pro (formerly known as the HIC Pro) at Sunset Beach (a qualifying event), The Hawaiian Pro at Hale’iwa, The Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, and the Billabong Pipe Masters at the infamous Banzai Pipeline. We’ll cover each event in detail below.

The four contests take place over the course of seven weeks or so. Each event has its own window of opportunity to run (outlined below) and a single event will take three to four days to complete. The event coordinators do their best to choose the highest quality surf conditions within any given contest window. The winner of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is crowned champion after all event points are tallied up at the Billabong Pipe Masters.

Vans Pro // Event #1

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HIC Pro at Sunset Beach

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: October 27 – November 9 (the last event was held in 2019)

WHAT: Qualifying event for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and World Surf League QS Contest

WHERE: Sunset Beach, North Shore Oahu

Since the early 80s, the Vans Pro (formerly known as the HIC Pro ) has been a platform for locals and surfers from around the globe to show off their skills and qualify for entry into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Over 100 professional surfers compete for a spot in the world-renowned surf competition and it’s always an epic showdown of wave riding talent not to be missed.

Since the HIC Pro is a qualifying event as opposed to one of the main events, the competition typically draws fewer crowds, but the performance of these competitors is just as fierce as the main events.

Hawaiian Pro // Event #2

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Frederico Morais at the 2019 Hawaiian Pro / photo by WSL, Tony Heff

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: November 13 – 24 (the last event was held in 2019)

WHAT: First event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and World Surf League QS Contest

WHERE: Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

The Hawaiian Pro is officially the first event of the Vans Triple Crown and is held at Ali’i Beach Park to the west of the boat harbor in Haleʻiwa. 

Vans World Cup of Surfing // Event #3

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The Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach.

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: November 25  – December 7 (the last event was held in 2019)

WHAT: Third event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and World Surf League QS Contest

WHERE: Sunset Beach, North Shore Oahu

For the second competition of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the crew heads back to Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup of Surfing. By this event, all the pros are well warmed up from the previous two events and extra fired up to finish their last two events strong which makes for some exciting heats.

Billabong Pipe Masters // Event #4

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Billabong Pipe Masters / Banzai Pipeline

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: December 8 – 20

WHAT: Prior to 2020, the Billabong Pipe Masters was the final event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the final event stop of the WSL Championship Tour season.

WHERE: Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

Pre-2020, the Billabong Pipe Masters was the third and final stop of the Vans Triple Crown and was also the final event of the season for the World Surf League Championship Tour. Unlike the other events tied to the Vans Triple Crown, the Billabong Pipe Masters event is still being held — just with a slightly different name and on different dates.

Currently, the Billabong Pipe Masters was re-named to the Billabong Pro Pipeline and will be held January 29 – February 10, 2022. This is now the first event to kick off the 2022 Championship Tour Season. You can get the lowdown in the event description here.

Volcom Pipe Pro

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Cam Richards in the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro / photo via WSL/Tony Heff

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: The Volcom Pipe Pro is not running in 2022, but the prior event window was January 29  – February 10 (this is an event that could return in the future)

WHAT: WSL Men’s Qualifying Series event sponsored by Volcom and Red Bull TV

WHERE: Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai Beach Park, North Shore Oahu

GOOD TO KNOW: While this isn’t a Championship Tour event, you’ll still find many of the world’s best and the majority of the top 34 pros taking advantage of the opportunity to surf perfect Pipeline with only a few other surfers in the lineup. You can expect all the same excitement and showmanship as you will find at the other Banzai Pipeline events. There are just a bit less hype and fewer crowds since it’s the beginning of a fresh new season of professional surfing.

Sunset Open & Sunset Pro Junior

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Billy Kemper, winner of the 2018 Sunset Open / photo by WSL/Keoki Saguibo

(FORMER) EVENT WINDOW: These events are not running in 2022, but the old event window was January 29  – February 10

WHAT: Men’s QS event, and Women’s and Men’s Junior Tour events

WHERE: Sunset Beach, North Shore Oahu

In recent years, the Sunset Open has been an event in the Men’s Qualifying Series, also known as a QS event (the division that pro surfers have to compete on to ultimately make it to the WSL Championship Tour). While this contest doesn’t include the most famous surfers, it certainly still features some of the very best surfers in the world competing at Sunset Beach.

The Sunset Pro Junior features men and women competing on the Men’s and Women’s Regional Junior Qualifying Series. The Junior Qualifying Series is a WSL division featuring top surfers 18 years old and under. These surfers may be young, but they are incredibly talented and definitely worth watching at Sunset Beach.

Any questions about North Shore surf competitions? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to help. Mahalo!
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    • Hi Adriana — There are no surf competitions held in August. In the summertime, the ocean along the North Shore is very calm and there aren’t any waves. So while it’s the perfect time for swimming and snorkeling, there is rarely any surf in the summer months.

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  1. Aloha Tara,
    Thank you for this awesome article!
    Do you know if there is any contest tomorrow?
    Mahalo ,
    Sabina

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    • Aloha Sabina — You’re very welcome! All of the big competitions wrap up by the end of February, and we’re not aware of any surf competitions happening in March. The next big contests will start in November 2022. Cheers!

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  2. What and where are the surfing competitions today is Oahu? Today is Thursday, February 10
    Thank you!

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    • Hi, well the Billabong Pro Pipeline just ended last weekend on Feb 5th. The next competition window starts on Feb 11th with the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach. But from the looks of the surf forecast, they probably won’t kick off the comp until the 15th or 16th pending conditions.

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    • Hi Chris — Oahu beaches are open and there haven’t been any announcements of restrictions on beach spectators for the Billabong Pro Pipeline, so you should be good to go! Cheers

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  3. Hello, We are new to Oahu. How do we get tickets to the Pro pipeline competition?
    Thanks so much!!!

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    • Hi Jodi – Great news! There are no tickets for the Billabong Pro Pipeline or any other surf contest in Oahu 🙂 Surf competitions in Oahu are 100% free to viewers on the beach, so everyone can come and go as they please. Pack some beach gear and snacks for the day, find a great spot on the beach to view the action, and you’re all set. Enjoy!

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      • Yay! That’s so awesome! Thank you for responding!
        One more question please…..
        What time do the competitions start?
        Early morning?
        (We live in the island, but not real close to the north shore)
        Thank you!

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        • My pleasure! The surf competitions can start as early as there is enough light to see the conditions and surfers. Every morning of the event window, the contest coordinators survey the conditions and make a call to whether to hold the contest or not (you can read more about it here).

          Remember that the contests don’t run every day of the event window, so be sure to check if the event is called ON before you head over there. The Billabong Pipe Pro is run by the World Surf League, so visit their site here any morning within the event window you want to go, so you can confirm if the competition is happening or not. On the World Surf League site, you can also sign up for live event updates, or visit their social media accounts to keep in the know.

          Have a blast! Cheers

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          • You’re very welcome 🙂 Every surf competition on the North Shore is awesome, but events at Pipeline are truly some of the best in the world! Enjoy!

  4. Outlook for December of 2022 for attendable contest.
    Last two years have left me low.
    Go every December, any info appreciated to solidify a set of dates as early Vaca time is needed to request for work…
    T Y I A

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    • Hi Ned,

      I feel your pain! Because it’s impossible to predict the exact dates the competitions will run within their designated event windows, it’s difficult to figure out travel dates if you have limited time and want to ensure some contest days (unless, of course, you can be in Oahu for the whole event window).

      That said, I can confirm that there are set dates for a competition at Pipeline in December 2022. The competition is called the Vans Pipe Masters and its event window is December 8 – 20, 2022. This is a new event so the details and competitors haven’t been revealed yet, but it will be an Invitational, so I’m sure it will feature the best tube riders competing at Pipeline (really, any competition at Pipeline is going to feature some of the best barrel-riders on the planet 🙂 )!

      If you can be in Oahu for the whole event window, then of course you’ll definitely be there for contest days. And if you have limited time, plan to arrive a few days into the event window and cross your fingers! Hope you score!

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  5. Tara –

    What’s happening…wifey and I are headed to Oahu tomorrow, for Pearl Harbor week. Any comps on the North Shore (12/4-12/8)?

    JMM

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    • Hi John,

      Yes, your dates are within the event windows for 2 events. The Haleiwa Challenger ran some heats already in November, but still has plenty more heats to run, so they will complete the competition anytime between now and December 7th (depending on conditions). And the window for the Pipe Pro is December 8 – 20, so they could possibly run the first day of the Pipe Pro during your trip on December 8th if you’re lucky!

      Have a great trip!

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  6. Hello! Do you know if the Billabong Pipe Masters in Oahu, Hawaii is happening in December 2021 (this year) and is it open to spectators? Thank you!

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    • Hi Susie – The WSL has confirmed that the Pipe Masters will run December 8-20, 2021 to kick off the 2022 Championship Tour! But no official word on if the beach will be open to spectators yet. It will likely depend on what’s happening with Covid in December. Hopefully, the event will run as scheduled and the beach will be open to spectators. Fingers crossed!

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  7. I’m in the North Shore of Oahu from Jan3-8 2021. Any surf competitions going on then? Looks like a lot is closed due to COVID 🙁

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  8. We booked a trip from Texas for the entire two weeks for the competition. Please tell me if there will be anywhere we can watch on the beach. I did not book two weeks to sit in hotel and watch surfing. Super bummed!!

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    • Hey Todd – I feel your pain… such a bummer! Since these COVID-19 policies are all new, we really don’t know how the whole process will go down and have been waiting to get more info. The bad news is that to comply with safety/health regulations, the WSL is discouraging spectators and won’t allow people to congregate on the sand. The good news is that they are allowing people to traverse the beach so you could see some action that way, but then if there are lots of people walking back and forth along the beach, I don’t know how long they are going to let that fly. There might be a place you can sit and watch down the beach a ways, but again, if there are large groups of people congregating then they might put an end to that. I hope you’re able to figure something out so you can at least see some of the competition. I’d suggest bringing a pair of binoculars at the very least in case you can find a spot nearby to post up at. Good luck and hope you have a great trip despite the competition bummer!

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  9. Hello, I’m wondering if wsl will allow public on the beach to watch the pipe master this year? Do you have an info? Thanks

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    • Hi Quentin – Good question. Unfortunately, due to COVID, it sounds like the WSL and local authorities won’t be allowing any spectators on the beach for the competitions this year. The WSL announced for the 2020/2021 season, their contests will be “broadcast-only” and have “limited or no on-site fans.” We’re assuming these measures will stay in place until health officials deem it safe for larger groups/audiences to gather.

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  10. Hello,
    Is the a way to sign up to receive date updates for all Northshore contests this 2020/2021 season??

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    • Hi Dan – That’s a great idea. We don’t currently send out updates about the contests, but it’s something we’ll consider for the future. For now, I recommend signing up for the World Surf League’s emails, as they put on many of the competitions on the North Shore. Cheers

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  11. Will there be any competitions the week of November 19th thr6the 30th on the north shore of oahu?

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    • Hi Sheila – Yes, there’s a very good chance there will be surf competition days during November 19 – 30, but it all depends on the surf conditions. Your dates overlap with the holding periods for two competitions: the Hawaiian Pro, November 13 – 24, and the Vans World Cup of Surfing which is November 25 – December 7. Check out the WSL website every morning of the contest period and they will make the call whether the competitions are on or not. Hope you score some great competition days 🙂

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    • Hey John, we’re not aware of any at this time. But it’s always great to stop by Pipeline when the surf is big to check out some of the world’s best surfers doing their thing. Cheers.

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    • I was fortunate, I went on vacation to Oahu with no place I had to be so I spent 3 and a half years, from 81 to 84. I’m left handed and I’m sure the reason I went left to the north shore. The only road that went all 112 miles around the island. No freeways at that time. So I stopped at Waimea and thought man this was the place for me and I fit right in. Then I stopped at the Pipeline. It was January and I had just come from 18 inches of snow on the ground in Denver. So I took a personal tour of the famous surf spots. On my tour I found a house right at Sunset beach for rent. So I grabbed the number rented the house then finished my tour of the Atoll. Anyway I hadn’t thought about Hawaii until I was talking to my girlfriend then my appreciation for being there and how fortunate I really was. Anyway we are coming for 3 of weeks in late November and early December and I won’t be a tourist. I don’t surf but I boogey board and will again. We are doing Air B and B on Sunset Beach and I can keep us busy while we’re there.
      Hope I didn’t run to long. I love Oahu and probably could live there again except for the density . But now I’m ready to come back.

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  12. Hoping to see the Volcom pipe pro at end of January/ early February. Have they released a date yet?

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  13. Aloha! I’m going to be on the North Shore on Feb. 8th through the 15th. I see the Eddie Big Wave Invitational has an event window December 1 – February 29 and the Volcom Pipe Pro 2020’s Event window says January 29 – February 10, 2020. Do you know if either of these events has happened or might happen while I’m there? Mahalo!

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  14. Hī there how would I be able to Actually Watch The competition If I can’t get it on my TV. I live in Michigan but I love surfing and watching it Mahalo

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  15. Hi, I am visiting Oahu during January 15-16, and at least 1 day I want to spend time in North shore (specially Banzai Pipeline). I want to know about the events happening during that period.

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    • Hi Pranitha – Unfortunately, we aren’t aware of any surf competitions during those dates. But if there are great waves, you can still see a great show of surfing at Pipeline. Happy travels!

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  16. So My Son Recently Competed At The 35th Annual Quicksilver Pro Am Held At Honoli’I On The Big Island On July 7, 2019 And Won The Mens Open Bodyboarding Division, So I Wanted To Know What Competition Would He Be Able To Compete In At Oahu?

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  17. Hi!

    My hobby is photography and I would love to try my skill shooting the waves and surfers in action. When is the best time to visit and see this in 2020?

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    • Hi Roland – For the biggest and best waves on the North Shore, between the months of November and March would be ideal. Hope you have a great trip!

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  18. My girlfriends and I have never been to a pro surfer competition. I love watching the Big Wave riders!! are you able to easily see it from the shoreline? What time of year is it best to book a trip to catch this and/or what is the most exciting most popular surfing competition events to try to catch in Hawaii? Where and when? Thank you! 🙂

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    • Hi Kimberley – Yes, you’re able to easily see the surfing from the beach, and Pipeline is the closest, so you’ll have an especially good view there. November to January are the best times to catch surf competitions in Oahu – you can check out all the dates in this article above. All of the competitions are awesome, but the Billabong Pipe Masters is one of the ultimate surf competitions on the planet so if those dates work for you, go for the Pipe Masters 🙂 Cheers

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  19. We have never been to Hawaii before and my son who will be 10 had never seen the ocean before. We will be here during this time and I would love to bring him and myself to see some of this.
    Is there tickets to buy to watch from the beach or do you just show up and sit back for a bit and watch.
    Thank you very much
    Jason

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    • Hi Jason – That’s awesome! There are no tickets needed whatsoever, it’s totally free so yes, you just show up at the beach and settle in to enjoy the show! Wishing you an amazing trip!

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  20. Hi
    We have a 15-year-old boy wants to join the Sunset Open & Sunset Pro Junior 2020
    So how to be qualified and sign up for the contest?

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  21. Hi there, I will be visiting Feb 5-feb 16th any chances charter buses will run from Waikiki to north shore for the comp? Or any other transportation methods that are not the 2 hour bus ride or renting a car? Any information or shuttle services you could recommend would be greatly appreciated

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    • Hi Tyra – I wish we could be more help here, but no, we don’t know of any charter buses that run for the comps, or other transportation options other than the public bus or renting a car or Uber. Maybe there are some ride-sharing apps that could help you find a ride?

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  22. I read that the Pipe Masters was possibly not happening this year? Is that true? What is the real story.

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    • Hi Susan – The Pipe Masters is definitely running this December 8 – 20, 2019, and the WSL also secured permits for 2020 and 2021 as well. In 2018 there were some issues with permits and news stories about the WSL not returning to Hawaii because of permitting issues, but they were all resolved and the WSL events will carry on as normal. At least for the next few years!

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  23. I just wanted to remind all who are visiting during a contest window that surfing events are shown live and taped on local cable channels, so if you are in Waikiki and want to know what days the contest s will be on, just turn on your tv! I got to watch Volcom Pro footage and they let me know how conditions were expected for the next day. This is the best way to know if the contest will be on if you don’t access the event’s website.

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  24. Aloha! My son lives on Oahu and I travel to the North Shore each time I visit, I love it!
    He is a 10 min walk to Waikiki, thats great for a quick walk to the beach but take me to the North Shore any day!
    Question Please… 2 years ago I got there and didn’t realize I had just missed a Comp by 2 days. I was there the entire month of December. How do you go about getting tickets for the Billabong Event? Cost etc. Mahalo in advance

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    • Aloha Marcy- Yes, the North Shore is such a wonderful spot! The window for the Pipe Masters this year is December 8 – December 20, 2019. There aren’t set dates within that time frame, as the contest will run depending on the wave conditions. See the section above regarding the “lowdown on surf competitions” for more info on that.

      And I’m happy to report that there’s no such thing as tickets for surf events as they are completely free to all! Just pack up your beach gear, find a spot on the beach, and you can watch the competitions to your heart’s desire 🙂

      Hope you have a wonderful trip!

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  25. Aloha there,

    I am wondering for the Billabong Pipe Master World Surfing Competition is going to hold on 12/8/19-12/20/19 for sure? Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you!

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    • Aloha! Yes, that is the definite window for the event to be held. Just keep in mind the actual days that the contest runs depends on the swell/surf conditions. It usually takes 3-5 days to complete the event. So it could run on 12/8 through 12/12, or 12/16 through 12/20, or any other combination of days during that window depending on the conditions. So it could be that they run days 1 and 2 on the 8th and 9th, and then the swell dies for a week, and they finish days 3 and 4 on the 12th and 13th.
      Hope that helps clear things up a bit.
      Cheers!

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  26. Hey guys! Thanks for all the info. My partner and I will be in hawaii from 21st jan to 31st of jan.
    How would we be able to know when the Eddie Big Wave international would be on? Where would you recommend to go if we want to catch some surf action if there are no events? Thank you!

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    • Hey Anny! If there aren’t any events and there is good surf I recommend going to Pipeline to watch the action. And you might be able to catch the Volcom Pipe Pro, as the event window starts on January 29th. To see if the Eddie will run, check the Surfline website during your trip. If the contest runs it will be announced there. For more info on Oahu and the best things to do, check out our Oahu Travel Guide! Have a great trip! Cheers

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  27. We will be on the island from januray 28 – Feb 8. I see that you have posted the Volcom Pipe Pro 2019. Is there a specific time and place for the competition?
    Thank you

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    • Hi Sue-Ann- Yes, the Volcom Pipe Pro will definitely run during your stay! The event will run at Pipeline on the North Shore. See the beginning of this post for details on how surf competitions work, but in a nutshell, during the competition window the weather and wave conditions are closely monitored, and every morning the contest officials make the call whether the contest is on or off. So during your stay, check out the WSL’s 2019 Volcom Pipe Pro page to see if the contest will be running that particular day. Have a great trip!

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  28. My family and I will be vacation on the island Feb 13 thru 19. Any chance we might see something during that time?

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    • Hi Crystal, it’s possible that ‘The Eddie’ Aikau Big Wave Invitational could run during that time, there has been lots of big wave activity this winter but ‘The Eddie’ will on run if it’s a massive swell with lots of potential. However, if it doesn’t go when you’re out there you should definitely still go stop by Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay to check out the local surf scene. There will likely be some amazing waves to see and only the best surfers are out if it’s big. Not to mention, the beaches are very beautiful too.

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  29. Any word when the Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic will be held in 2019? I know it is usually the last 2 weeks of February, has it been actually scheduled yet?

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    • Hi Jeff- We’ve done some digging but haven’t yet found any confirmed dates for the Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic. We’ll keep on the lookout and update you here if we find out confirmed dates!

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  30. Hey guys…love all the info you provide about the different competitions. Bringing my family from Texas 12/30 thru 1/6 and hoping to catch a competition. I saw on another site that the DaHui was set for 1/4 – 1/15…can you confirm that? Also, about how much notice is given for the Eddie Big Wave? Just wondering if it´s more of a waves look great next week so let´s do it, or is it the waves are awesome today so let´s go. Would love to bring some country folk to see some surf action!

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    • Hi Ryan, happy to help! We just found out that the holding period for the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout is 1/4 – 1/16, 2019. So if you’re lucky and there’s a good swell during your trip, the contest might run while you’re there.

      For the Eddie, it really depends on conditions… organizers are always watching the upcoming weather and swells, so sometimes there will be talk of the contest a week or so in advance. Depending on the confidence of the conditions, organizers typically will confirm the contest a day or so before they green light the contest day. Hope you have a great trip and get to watch some amazing surfing! Cheers!

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  31. HI!
    My family and I would love to see a professional surfer competiion!! We will be in Oahu from january 3rd to january 10th. Do you know if there is a special event during these dates? My kids would be so impress to assist to real competition.

    Thanks for giving me informatins!
    The Dulude family from Quebec, Canada

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    • Hi Carolanne! The only surf competition that could potentially happen during your trip is The Eddie Big Wave Invitational and since this event will only run in very specific conditions, there’s no way to know ahead of time if it will run during your trip. To see if the Eddie will run, check the Surfline website during your trip. If the contest runs it will be announced there. For more info on Oahu and the best things to do, check out our Oahu Travel Guide! Have a great trip! Cheers

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  32. Will be visiting Dec 20-26, and it seems the only possible event to catch is Eddie’ big wave invitational, and it is not clear when and where to catch them. Can you comment on this, or any other events or best place and time to catch big wave surfing? (Or, anything else highly recommended) THANKS SO MUCH!!

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    • Hi John- Looks like the only potential event that could happen during your trip is the Eddie and since this event will only run in very specific conditions, there’s no way to know if it will run during your trip. To see if the Eddie will run, check Surfline during your trip. If the contest runs it will be announced there. For more info on Oahu and the best things to do, check out our Oahu Travel Guide! Have a great trip!

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  33. Is the The 2019 Volcom Pipe Pro postponed? I have read, that 2019 is no competition? What is about Da Hui Backdoor Shootout & Da Hui Pipeline Warriors 2019, will be possible to see?
    Regards

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    • Hey Tako – I know there was a lot of back and forth with permits for contests in Oahu this year, but as far as we can tell, the Volcom Pipe Pro has their permits and the comp is on at the window listed in this article. For DaHui, we’re not sure if they will hold the competitions. We just reached out to them and we’ll let you know if we learn any news! Cheers

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  34. Good morning! Have there been any updates on The Eddie for the 2018/2019 season? Will be in town for the weekend when opening ceremonies are usually held and hoping it’s a go! Thank you.

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    • Hi Jackie! I wish we could be more help, but there hasn’t been much info this year about The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. The only information we have is that the contest organizers have secured a permit to run the iconic single-day big-wave event with the waiting period of Dec 15 – Feb 28. But a title sponsor hasn’t yet been announced, so it’s not clear whether the event will run or not! We’ll let you know if we get any more info on the event. Have a great trip!

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    • Hi again Jackie! We have some updates on The Eddie this year! The event has secured new sponsors so it’s ON–the contest will run if surf heights reach a consistent 20 feet between December 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019. The opening ceremony to kick-off the waiting period will be held Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 pm.

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  35. Hi Eric,
    We are planning on coming for the Volcom Pipe Pro in February 2019. I have read on many other sites that it was canceled because of permit problems, do you know if this is still happening or if it has been canceled.

    Thanks for your time.
    Jen

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    • Hi Jen! There was some back and forth with some permits in Oahu, but according to the WSL, the Volcom Pipe Pro is ON and will run Jan 29 – Feb. 10, 2019. Have an awesome trip!

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  36. Hello, We will be in Oahu December 31 to January 6, are there any competition during this time?

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    • Hello, yeah, it’s possible to catch The Surf N Sea Haleiwa International Open at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park from 12/23 – 1/2 and/or the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout at Pipeline has run the first week in Jan in the past. Right now the dates are not available so you’ll have to check back early Dec or so. Enjoy!

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  37. I would like to watch the 2019 Volcom pipe pro. If I was to book tickets do you have any idea on approximate dates?

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    • Hi Debby, The 2019 Volcom Pipe Pro will run between January 29 – February 10, 2019. Because surf competitions heavily depend on the surf conditions, organizers set a window for the contest to run and then choose the specific competition dates when they can see the forecast and determine which days are best to run the contest. I don’t know how long you’re planning to go, but we’d recommend planning your trip right in the middle of the contest window (Jan 29 – Feb 10) for the best chance at making sure the contest runs while you’re there. Have a great trip and happy travels!

      If you need recommendations for the North Shore, check out our Guide to the North Shore here: https://lushpalm.com/north-shore-oahu/ And Guide to Oahu here: https://lushpalm.com/oahu-hawaii-guide/

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  38. We are planning on going to Oahu from November 26 to December 10th. Is there any competitions going on? Never seen any competitions before and it’s on my bucket list. Which ones are the best ones to go to see the biggest waves?

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    • Hi Suzanne,
      You’re going at the best time for surf competitions! You will be in Oahu for the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach (the window runs 11/25 – 12/6), and if you’re lucky with the right surf conditions, you might be able to catch the Billabong Pipe Masters (the window runs 12/8 – 12/20). You can read all about the events and more details in this article.

      The competitions are all amazing to see, but the Billabong Pipe Masters is definitely the most impressive because there’s potential for the biggest waves and the waves break really close to the beach so it puts the audience super close to the action.

      For more info on planning your trip in Oahu, check out https://lushpalm.com/oahu-hawaii-guide/ and https://lushpalm.com/north-shore-oahu/

      Hope you have an amazing trip! Cheers

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  39. I did a search on this page for “women”, “women’s”, … nothing but error sound. I appreciate your site, but maybe take out “Ultimate”. I’m sure there are some out there that earned their time in the water, want surf…

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    • Hi Brett, Thanks for your comment, I appreciate your feedback! We’re passionate about supporting female surfers and inspiring more women to get out there in the lineup. For this article, we hadn’t found any female surf competitions on the North Shore.

      We recently did some digging and found a women’s WSL QS event that happened at Pipeline in March (The Wahine Pipe Pro), so we’re going to add that to the article, but didn’t see any others. If you know of other women’s surf competitions on the North Shore please let us know and we would be more than happy to add them to this list. Cheers!

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  40. I know it;s probably to late in the year but do you know of any competitions between 10-24 April?

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    • Hi Jodi,

      Not that we know of. The next event close to those dates is the Pipe Pro Junior Mar 27 – Apr 03. Have a great trip!

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    • Not that I’m aware of. The Volcom Pipe Pro just finished yesterday and the Sunset Pro Standup World Tour at Sunset doesn’t start til maybe Thursday.

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    • Kelly, for the North Shore, just the IBA GoPro Pipe Bodyboarding Challenge which starts on 2/19, and the Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Classic on the West Side at Makaha.

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  41. Hello! My family will be in Honolulu February 26-March 5th 2018. Do you know of any surf competitions going on that we could watch? Thanks! 🙂

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    • Hi Jenah, unfortunately, I’m not aware of any surf competitions going on during that time frame. However, there is the IBA GoPro Pipe Bodyboarding Challenge at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore that might run within your window. Either way, as I’ve mentioned to some other folks, just witnessing the waves at Pipeline in real life is a spectacle if you haven’t experienced that before and definitely worth a visit. Enjoy!

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  42. Hi Eric!
    This is a nice page youve set up! i will be in Oahu and Kauai february 2-12, and it would be totally great if I can catch a comp(volcom pros?). Do you think you could help me with some info please- how can i get an update of the exact date for the comp? is there local transportation to there from lemon road waikiki? also, can you recommend a good surf school (1day)on Oahu? thanks alot!!

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    • Hi Jyo, thanks much! Glad you like our website. The thing about surf comps is that there is not a pre-established schedule. Everything is very spontaneous and dependent on the surf conditions. For exact dates, your best bet is to check https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/mqs and keep an eye on the Volcom Pipe Pro once we’re within the window of the competition. As for surf lessons, you should check out Surf N Sea in Haleiwa (https://www.surfnsea.com/en/). They’ll take good care of you. Regarding transportation from Waikiki, I’d recommend contacting your hotel or host as they’ll be better equipped to provide you with the most accurate information on local transportation to the North Shore. Thanks again and you’re very welcome! Have a great trip!

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  43. We are really hoping to be there for the Volcom pipeline 2018 competition. We’d be renting a car. Do you have any tips for parking at the competition? We’ve never been to Hawaii.

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    • Hi Paul, the North Shore of Oahu is a very small mostly residential area. There is only one road, Kamehameha Highway (aka Kam Hwy), that goes along the coast where you’ll access all the different beaches and surf breaks including Pipeline. That being the case, there is not much for parking except in the main parking lot at Ehukai Beach Park and along Kam Hwy or in the residential neighborhoods. My advice is to get there if there is going to be a comp. Otherwise, park where you can and walk in. Best of luck!

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  44. Aloha!will be any Bodysurfing contest in March / April 2018?Northshore lifeguards ???Mahalo.

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    • Aloha, I’m not sure and couldn’t find info about any. You’ll have to ask around. Good luck!

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    • Well, it depends on the swell and wind conditions. Generally, winds are lightest in the morning and get stronger during the day. If that’s the case, then around 6:30 – 11 am might be the best window. But that’s not always the case. On the North Shore, any light to moderate winds blowing from the east tends to provide the best conditions, and that can happen at any time of day.

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  45. Are there any competitions happening in February between the 16th and 28th? we will be there and would love the opportunity to see one

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    • Hi, yeah, the Buffalo’s Big Board Surfing Classic (https://www.buffalosurfingclassic.com/) should take place during that time. It’s not your typical high-performance shortboard surf comp but it will still be fun and awesome to watch. However, that is not on the North Shore, it will be held on the West Side at Makaha Beach. As for the North Shore, there might be a bodyboarding competition going on during that timeframe called, IBA GoPro Pipe Bodyboarding Challenge. Enjoy!

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  46. I agree with Eric that even if there isn’t a competition happening, just sitting on the beach watching free surfing at Pipeline is amazing. Be sure to stay for the sunset. I recorded about 20 minutes of surf on my phone. Now that I’m back in gray, rainy Seattle, I have it to keep my mood up. 🙂

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  47. There are surfing competitions in March 2018. 1 in Duke Kahanamoku Beach Chalkenge on March 15, 2018 and 2 at the North Shore Surf Shop at the Banzai Pipeline from March 16 to 27, 2018. Should the North Shore Surf Competition be adedd on your list? We will be in town that week and we are so lucky to be able to watch it when we get there

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    • Hi Gigi, thanks for the heads up about the Duke Kahanamoku Beach Challenge in Waikiki on 3/15 and the North Shore Surf Shop Pro Junior at Banzai Pipeline from 3/16 – 3/27. Hope you guys score epic conditions when you’re out there! Cheers

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  48. Hi, is there a website with the schedule for the Volcom Pipe Pro that we could look at to better plan a stop at the North Shore during our vacation?

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    • Hi Joanna, you might want to check back at WSL.com from time to time. Here is a link (https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/mqs/2609/volcom-pipe-pro) directly to the Volcom Pipe Pro event where they should update the schedule when they have more information. That’s the thing about surf competitions is they don’t know exactly when the contest will run until days before, sometimes the day of, so planning and updates can be very spontaneous. Hope that helps!

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  49. Hi,
    We are going to be in Oahu Jan 7-12. Are there any surfing competitions going on those days?
    Thank you!

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    • Hi Carrie, there should be! The Da Hui Backdoor Shootout might be going the 11th and/or 12th. I’d suggest checking Pipeline on either of those days regardless of there being a contest on as the surf should be big and good! Enjoy!

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  50. Hi Eric,

    We are coming to the North Shore on Jan 1 to Jan 5. Are there any surfing competitions going on that week?

    Thanks

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    • Hi Shawna!

      Actually, turns out the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout window is Jan 4 – Jan 16. So they’ll look to run the contest on the best 3-4 days of surf conditions during that time frame. I glanced at the surf forecast and it looks like some pretty decent conditions might be available on Jan 4th, so it’s possible that they will run some heats that day! It will be best in the morning. Looks like that is your only chance to catch a surf comp. However, there will probably be some solid waves on the 2nd and 3rd too, so while there won’t be a contest going on, there will certainly be lots of pros in the lineup warming up for the comp which is always fun to watch. Enjoy!

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  51. HI Eric, We will be in Oahu on Jan 23 with a cruise. Are there any Surfing competitions going on on Jan 23? Or should we be likely to see some gnarly surfers at Waimea Bay on that date?

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    • Hi EJ! Good stuff, it’s possible that the Sunset Pro Junior could be going on. The window for the contest is from Jan 18 – 28, 2018, so, if the conditions are good enough on Jan 23 when you’re there, it’s possible that it could be on. If not, just watching free surfers anywhere on the North Shore is always a good time if the waves are solid. But I’d recommend checking out Banzai Pipeline because it’s one of the best places in the world to watch waves. Waimea is amazing too, but it has to be HUGE to break. A week before you go, check the surf forecast here to see how big and good it will be.

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  52. My husband and I will be traveling to Oahu in 2018 during the Volcom Pipe Pro. Do the competitors ever do “meet-and- greets?” I know my husband would love an opportunity to meet some of the surfers and it would be a cool surprise for him as he will be celebrating a milestone birthday while we are there. Any info is greatly appreciated!

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    • Hi Mary, good question, I’m not sure about that. But I just emailed Red Bull and I’ll let you know what I find out once I hear back! Cheers!

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        • Hi Mary, well the verdict is that they don’t really ever organize meet and greets that would give you the chance to mix and mingle with the pros. However, sometimes sponsors will put on PR/marketing events that might involve the opportunity to meet that brand’s riders. You might want to just try swinging by the Volcom house and striking up a conversation with the crew. Good luck and have fun!

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  53. I love love love watching surfing. I feel fairly informed about how the wsl tour works but I am still puzzled about who qualifies to enter the events tat make up the Triple Crown. Can you explain this for me?

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    • Hi Christine, yeah, we could get carried away binge-watching a good surf competition for hours! The qualification process is not a perfect science and even seems a bit obscure, probably intended to leave the WSL and their partners some flexibility. My understanding is that the WSL Commissioner’s Office and the Event licensee select the surfers based on a detailed list of eligibility rules and guidelines. One criterion they have for Hawaiian QS events is that the event will include at least 16 local Hawaiian surfers. I’m sure there is a lot to it and the top-ranked surfers in the world have priority but it appears that a surfer can “qualify” to enter a Vans Triple Crown event simply by being a local ripper with a good reputation and a nomination from a trusted source. On that note, the competitive surf scene in Hawaii and throughout the world is a very tight-knit community. These guys and girls start early and know each other from a young age. So when it comes time to enter an event like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, I’m sure the WSL and local Licensee already have their fair share of professional surfers to choose from. You can download the WSL Rulebook from their website and read more about their selections process under Article 45. Hope this helps!

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