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Despite the occasional solid pulse, the North Shore has had an unusually quiet start to the season. Kalani Chapman seems perfectly happy to swap kegs for punts.© 2014 Sean Davey
Chris Ward just moved to Rocky Point from California and has the place wired.© 2014 Sean Davey
CJ Hobgood always enjoys a good surf at Rockies.© 2014 Sean Davey
Sea shell sunrise, east side.© 2014 Sean Davey
They held a huge street party in downtown Honolulu during Halloween which included Australia's famous musician; Xavier Rudd.The place was going off!© 2014 Sean Davey
Normally a no go area for surfers, the over abundance of sand on the reefs has made Insanities the most popular surf spot on the whole North Shore.© 2014 Sean Davey
The makings of another Insanities pit.© 2014 Sean Davey
Preceding the swell currently lighting up Sunset, there were ten days of tranquillity. As you can imagine, the surfers were going stir crazy. They even had to extend the waiting period for the Reef contest at Haleiwa. There's been a lot of really young surfers taking to the minuscule waves of late. One morning at Pipe, I saw Pancho Sullivans, Jack Johnson, Petey Johnson and several other parents all converge on the 1 footers at Pipe with their grommets.© 2014 Sean Davey
Jamie Obrien hustling to get out at Rockies for an evening session.© 2014 Sean Davey
Jamie Obrien at Rockies.© 2014 Sean Davey
Laie Point sunrise, just round the corner from the North Shore.© 2014 Sean Davey
Pancho Sullivan continues to impress when he hits the water, despite having a "day job" as a Rip Curl rep.© 2014 Sean Davey
Mike Ho just keeps on keeping on. He is in his late 50s and still surfs several times a day. The man is surfing machine.© 2014 Sean Davey
A rare day of waves at Pipe in late October.© 2014 Sean Davey
Unidenitified speeding through a smaller Backdoor Barrel.© 2014 Sean Davey
Evening twilight descending upon a less than perfect Pipe line up.© 2014 Sean Davey
North shore resident Lydia Franz always rides Lightning Bolt boards.© 2014 Sean Davey
A longboarder snags a late one to the beach at Monster Mush.© 2014 Sean Davey
Early morning light over Rockpiles.© 2014 Sean Davey
Waves jumping the highway.© 2014 Sean Davey
Another tree falls victim to the erosion at Kammieland.© 2014 Sean Davey
I don't know who this is, but I'm pretty sure that they weren't busting massive aerials on twin fins, back in the day.© 2014 Sean Davey
Jamie Sterling stand up paddle at the bay.© 2014 Sean Davey
Owl Chapman and friend scoping out Waimea in the early light.© 2014 Sean Davey
I've been shooting Flynn Novak pretty intensely these past several years. He's pretty much become my favourite surfer to shoot because he reacts so well to whatever the waves throw at him and I just about always come away from every shoot with mental photos. Here he completes one of his famous Flynnstone filps.© 2014 Sean Davey
Sean Davey is an experienced hand. He’s been shooting this hallowed stretch of sand as long as anyone, and will be bringing you his photographic highlights throughout the North Shore season.
This 2013 winter season has been one of the strangest yet. It’s late November now and we’ve barely seen a half dozen days over the 10 ft range. Most days have been in the 1 to 3 ft range or not at all. Even stranger has been the coastline between Rocky point and Sunset, known to the locals as Kammieland, was eroded severely during the late summer months, despite the lack of waves. The erosion was so bad, than many properties including Fred Pattachia’s house lost a fair chunk of their land into the ocean.
Preceding the swell currently lighting up Sunset, there were ten days of tranquil seas. As you can imagine, the surfers were going stir crazy. They even had to extend the waiting period for the Reef contest at Haleiwa. There’s been a lot of really young surfers taking to the minuscule waves of late. One morning at Pipe, I saw Pancho Sullivan, Jack Johnson, Petey Johnson and several other parents all converge on the one footers at Pipe with their grommets.
Words and photos, Sean Davey
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