It looked like Hawaii was going to get pounded by Hurricane Douglas but the weather gods were gracious and the hurricane turned at the last minute. Without taking a straight hit from the storm, Maui was still just 45-miles from the Category 1 Hurricane and Oahu was a touch closer which sent some interesting wave conditions to the Hawaiian beaches.
Growing up in Florida, looking forward to the waves from a tropical storm or hurricane was just as common as worrying about whether or not the storm would take out power for a couple of days. And when I think of Hawaii I think of the North Shore’s perfect Winter waves, not storm surges from a hurricane. So it’s interesting to see Hawaii experiencing some typical Florida Summer surfing conditions.
Pro surfer Koa Rothman hit a rocky beach break with a cliff which isn’t exactly the break most surfers would choose when searching for waves during an unpredictable storm but he’s a pro and knows what he’s doing and he predicted this was where the storm would send the best waves.
Check it out:
Koa Rothman’s actually operating one of the better YouTube channels that I’ve come across out there from a pro surfer. If you enjoyed that clip you should definitely toss him a ‘subscribe’. Here’s another recent video from Waikiki that you’ll enjoy.
I can’t believe we’re just six weeks away from Fall. Where has the year gone?