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Three Ways to Live the North Shore Life

There's a reason people from all over the world converge on Oahu's North Shore. The minute your toes hit the warm pacific, with the golden sand coating your feet, you're transported to a better place. A place where the stress of daily life fades away with every wave that crashes on the shore. The North Shore, and the lifestyle that accompanies living here, is the key to to a better life. If you're not fortunate enough to call this stretch of paradise home, we've outlined three crucial elements to North Shore livin' that you can impart on your daily life, no matter where you call home.

Play hard.


Three Things You Need to Know About the North Shore

Before you pack your bags and head off to paradise, take a moment to read through our helpful list of North Shore travel tips.

Know the Seasons


It's A Shootout


The holding period for the famous Da Hui Backdoor Shootout is slated to commence on Oahu’s North Shore on January 7, with live action broadcast online at Held at the notoriously dangerous lineup at Pipeline, the event—with its unique team format—has drawn some of the world’s best surfers to North Shore for years. But this year, the event is taking on a new format in the spirit of the great Duke Kahanamoku and will include divisions for longboarding, SUP, bodysurfing, and bodyboarding.


Country Folk: Meet Kyle Spencer of Island Fin Designs

In the first installment of our Country Folk series, where we interview locals on the North Shore with an interesting story to tell, we’ve tapped the shoulder of Kyle Spencer. Originally hailing from Maui, Kyle spent nearly a decade in Orange Country working as a designer and director for surf brand like Etnies, Hurley, and DC Shoes. Recently, the North Shore began calling his name and he and his wife, who’s originally from here, made the pilgrimage back to paradise. With their roots firmly planted in the sands off Pupukea, the duo have taken over the creative reigns of Island Fin design, among other projects. Between work and an afternoon surf session, we spoke to Kyle.

So what’s the best thing about moving to the North Shore?

Surf and family. We get to see both of our families more than ever and nothing beats that. We work hard but living on the North Shore makes it really easy to enjoy life, too.


Santa Belongs on The North Shore, Not the North Pole

With Christmas just a few days away, we were left with the revelation that Santa needs to pack up ship and move. Specifically, from the North Pole to the North Shore. Because this post is directed at Santa—and we've heard he's partial to these types of things—we've created a list. Sand Over Snow Yes, the snow can be a wonderful thing. A beautiful thing, to be precise. But when we conjure of images of snowfall, we typically think of a light dusting falling romantically on our shoulders. What we don't realize is that snow can also be a very brutal thing. Imagine waking up at 6 am to scrape the ice off of your sled every morning. That's the reality of life on the North Pole. So, Santa, now that we have your ear: forget the snow and opt for sand. We have tons of it up here. The reindeers will adapt and Mrs. Clause can work on her tan.