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Looking Back at the Swell of the Summer

South Shore Swell Of The Summer

Mason & Michael Ho surfing Ala Moana Bowl on the South Shore of Oahu

It’s been a little over a week since the biggest swell in years lit up the south coasts of Hawaii’s various islands, and now that the mist has settled we have the opportunity to look back and consider everything that happened.

Here on Oahu, the swell was so big and south that many spots that are normally epic weren’t working at all. At the same time, other reefs that are normally close-outs saw rifling, 6- to 8-foot barrels! 😱 Bowls was big, of course, as were many spots in the Ala Moana and Waikiki area, but some of the most exciting sessions went down at spots that we don’t normally see break, including a mysto big wave spot near the airport that saw 8- to 10-foot sets surfed by a handful of the North Shore’s best big wave crew.

Kelis Kaleopaa Surfing at South Shore Oahu

Photo Credit to Kelis Kaleopaa

Reports from the outer islands were stellar as well, with rare gems lighting up on the Big Island and Maui. Interestingly, though, Maalaea didn’t end up breaking, disappointing the local crew who was likely hoping to surf “the world’s fastest right-hander” on this once-per-decade swell.

Of course, the big story of this swell wasn’t here in Hawaii, but in Tahiti five days earlier, where one of the biggest tow sessions in history went down in impeccable conditions. While the jury is still out whether this swell was as big as the Code Red swell in 2011, most people agree that Matahi Drollet’s behemoth was the biggest, best successful barrel ride ever at Chopes. Kauli Vast also towed a psycho mutant that went absolut