24 HOURS AT HO’OKIPA!
Ho’okipa Beach Park in the spring becomes the epicentre of the wave sailing world. With most of the major brands converging for their annual product shoots in Hawaii, any half decent day at this legendary break usually ends up in a frenzy of activity, with all the team riders joining the regulars and tourists in the battle for waves in order to nail their shots for the catalogue. With the hill overlooking the action acting as a natural amphitheatre; every turn, every jump and every crash is under the spotlight from the crowds and photographers watching. From dawn ‘til dusk barely a wave goes unridden by either a surfer or a windsurfer, while many waves are shared or squandered in the heat of the action as the crowd overloads on the available swell. John Carter joined the annual pilgrimage to the wavesailing mecca in early April and has compiled a 24 hour timeline of the entire goings on from one of the best days of the season. Read on for a day in the life of Ho’okipa beach.
Words & Photos JOHN CARTER
(This feature originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Windsurf Magazine. To read more features like this first, Print and Digital subscriptions are available. Prices include delivery globally for 10 x issues a year!)