Winter in the North Shore is always so eventful and crowded there is so many events and things going on, besides good waves if we get lucky. Every year, Surfing The Nations (STN - humanitarian organization based in the heart of Oahu, Wahiawa) organizes the Annual Surf Art & the Surfer Art Festival, and this year it was their 3th! It was great to go an experience all the great art of the local artists and see how the community gets involved with this event.

En el invierno, el North Shore siempre está lleno de surfístas y turístas, ademas de buenas olas, hay muchos eventos y cosas que hacer. Cada año STN (organización humanitaria situada en el centro de Oahu, Wahiawa) organíza un Festival de Arte y este año fue el tercero que hacen, donde artistas locales muestran sus obras y la comunidad se integra para apreciar y convivir.

The Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Invitational Opening Ceremony takes place at Waimea Bay where Aikau's family maintains an ancestral tradition as caretakers of the Waimea Valley.

 The Invitees to the event, all of them big wave rider legends, gather up for the event where Clyde Aikau (Eddie´s brother) leads the “Blessing of Eddie Aikau” and with this the waiting period for the contest starts.

The Invitees to the event, all of them big wave rider legends, gather up for the event where Clyde Aikau (Eddie´s brother) leads the “Blessing of Eddie Aikau” and with this the waiting period for the contest starts.

 They all paddle out in the middle of the Bay and make a circle holding hands and thanking for the honor of being part of this.

They all paddle out in the middle of the Bay and make a circle holding hands and thanking for the honor of being part of this.

There are some waves that are way too big to be paddle into or the position of the wave is extremely critical, so you need to be assisted by a Jet-ski to be able to catch faster and bigger waves.

It was such a new experience to go to the outer reefs and get to be part of the whole tow in crew and see this huge water mountains chasing us, while my friend Polly and some other awesome surfers caught this waves documented by photographer Maria Fernanda

At the end of every year, the Surfer Poll Awards take place, this is the biggest night in surfing.The world’s best surfers come together to celebrate surfing excellence. It was great to see this year John John take couple of the awards and Carissa Moore be the winner on the women division. 

It was great to see this year John John take couple of the awards and Carissa Moore be the winner on the women division. 

 John John proving that he deserved all his awards.

John John proving that he deserved all his awards.

The Pipe Masters is one of the longest running events in professional surfing, today is called the Billabong Pipe Masters and is the final stop of the Vans Triple Crown and the final event of the WSL Men’s World Tour. Its like the Super Bowl of surfing, every surfer dreams to surf and every surf fan around the world dreams to go to the North Shore and watch the best surfers drop into the perfect heavy barreling Pipeline. This year´s winner was brazilian Adriano de Souza.



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