It's here......it's time. Yesterday was day one of eleven for the Volcom Pipeline Pro surf competition that takes place on Hawaii's North Shore. So why am I posting this on my blog? I may live in the mid-west, but I am obsessed with the ocean, the tropics, and of course surfing. Where I live, people make the comment that this is God's country. Now I am a nature lover, but that statement doesn't really resonate with me here . When I look at something like the Grand Canyon, it's beautiful, and it's amazing when you think of its creation, but...............it doesn't impact me the way the ocean does. When I see the ocean up close and personal, that is when I feel in awe of my Creator, and His creation. I don't know how you can have a bad day when you live near the ocean, when you can walk the beaches, hear the waves, smell the salt, feel its spray. I love the ocean, its power, its might, its stories, it history, its gifts. It demands respect. As much as I love the ocean, I am also terrified by it. Not having grown up near it, even just playing in the waves, can turn ugly. There is a lot to know about it, and even those who do, still find themselves in dangerous moments, some even lose their life doing something they have done for years. It demands respect. This brings me to surfing, what an amazing sport. So fun to watch and you can't say that about a lot of sports! I have never surfed, but it is on my bucket list. It is a high priority on my bucket list, like if I don't do it, it will be a huge regret. But I am afraid.
If you have never heard of Banzai Pipeline, it is what they call the surf reef break that creates amazing waves that hit the North shores of Hawaii starting in December. The waves are enormous, up to 30 ft, and because it is so close to the shore, the water is shallow with razor sharp lava reef. Pipeline is considered the best waves in the world, but also the most dangerous. They say that this is where surfers come to die. Many a professional surfer has lost their life there. The sound of ambulance sirens are a regular occurrence during this time. Pipe Masters is held there every December, and a few others that follow. Volcom is one of those.
With today's technology we can get live cam feed of what everyone there is seeing. Now I would so rather be there, and one day I will, but for now this is all I have. Volcom Pipe Pro Live is the link for the live feed. The video below is actually from a few days prior. Enjoy, I know I will!