Mon­ster surf will build along north shores of ma­jor is­lands

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Advertiser staff

With surf ex­pected to build to 40 to 50 feet to­day along the north shores of most isles, a surf com­pe­ti­tion is also gear­ing up at Pipe­line on Oahu’s North Shore.

Da Hui Back­door Shootout kicked off Dec. 30 and has been in a wait­ing pe­riod since the start of the year.

The com­pe­ti­tion hon­or­ing surf leg­end Duke Ka­hanamoku draws Hawaii’s top wa­ter­men — in­clud­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Koa Roth­man, Makua Roth­man, Jamie O’Brien, Kealii Ma­mala, John John Florence and Ma­son Ho — to surf their best at Back­door, Pipe­line and Off the Wall.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice has ex­tended a high-surf warn­ing for the north and west shores of Ni­ihau, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, and for the north-fac­ing shores of Maui, un­til 6 p.m. Sun­day.

Surf in the 40- to 50-foot range is ex­pected for the north shores of Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii is­land, and the north and west shores of Kauai and Ni­ihau, the weather ser­vice said. The west shores of Oahu and Molokai can an­tic­i­pate surf of 25 to 35 feet.

Life­guards on Fri­day made 12 res­cues and 1,575 preven­tive ac­tions on the North Shore, and four res­cues and 820 preven­tive ac­tions along the Wa­ianae Coast, the city said.

A high-surf ad­vi­sory re­mains in ef­fect for the north-fac­ing shores of Hawaii is­land through 6 p.m. Sun­day. Surf in the 12- to 16-foot range is fore­cast for the west shores of Hawaii is­land, and 20 to 30 feet for the shore from Hilo to Hawi.

STEVE FAN­NING / SPE­CIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

High shore­breaks were vis­i­ble early Fri­day at Ke Iki Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

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