Randy Rarick with Host Jodi Wilmott

Randy Rarick at Talk Story

Randy's Top 10 Play List in the series was authored by Randy Rarick who has lived on the North Shore for the past 40 years. Ever since arriving here, he has lived “The Life” of surfing the waves at Sunset from 1 to15 feet, building surfboards in the shaping bay in the back of his garage, and running the biggest sporting event on the North Shore, The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Under Rarick’s leadership as executive director, the surf series has become a huge economic driver for the North Shore (estimated at $23 million per year in direct and auxiliary spending) and is now the most prestigious surf title next to a world championship.

Although his role with the Triple Crown has grown into a year-round gig for Rarick, he still finds time to globe trot. He is widely regarded as the most highly traveled surfer in the world, riding waves in over 70 different countries. But, for Rarick, there’s no place like home!

Luminaries  of  the  Life  Offer  a  Peek 
Into  the  North  Shore  Lifestyle

While many travelers prefer the convenience of tour groups, guides, and buses, this can be an impersonal approach to discovering a new destination. Often those who invest the extra time and energy to explore on their own, find many more memorable experiences. 

So, to help guests gain a richer and more gratifying travel experience while visiting Oahu’s fabled North Shore, Turtle Bay offers an Insider’s TOP 10 Play List: a tip sheet provided by North Shore Luminaries about their favorite ways to play along one of the world’s most storied coastlines.  Insider’s Play Lists will include favorite adventures, attractions, activities, events, places to eat, beaches, surf spots and ocean outings and the authors, who live “the North Shore life” to the fullest, will range from legendary surf icons and artists to resort ambassadors and employees. Now creating your personal Play list just became a snap.

Check out Luminary of the Life, Randy Rarick's TOP 10 Playlist:


When the surf is small or flat, there is nothing more fun than climbing to the top of "Jump Rock" at Waimea Bay Beach Park and launching yourself out into the turquoise blue water. It’s a right-of-passage for every teenager and fun for just about everyone!


The best place to check out turtles is on the Kaena Point side of Ali'i Beach Park. Forget about "Turtle Beach" at Laniakea. There are ten times more turtles available for viewing right on the beach and from the shore on the far west side of Ali'i Beach Park.


Walking the shoreline from Sunset Point, past Velzyland to the relatively deserted coast towards Kawela Bay is ideal for finding "beach glass" or broken pieces of multi-colored glass that have been washed and sanded by the wave action.  Beach glass is a local delight and used in making jewelry, picture frames or any number of art projects. Look for the aqua-marine or cobalt blue, as those are the hardest to find.


My favorite place to view monster surf is from the Heiau above Waimea Bay. When the surf is giant and the waves are breaking at Waimea Bay, this is a great vantage point found just off Pupukea Road. It not only offers a terrific view, but is an interesting place to explore in its own right.


The walking tour of Historical Haleiwa Town is actually an interesting history lesson. Check with the North Shore Chamber of Commerce for information on taking either a self-guided or on certain days a guided walking tour of Haleiwa Town. Participants will learn all sorts of fascinating facts about our area that we like to call "country" and its town center.


"Sunset at Sunset" is a must do!  You can see a spectacular sunset anywhere on the North Shore, but nowhere else do you get to experience the true local flavor and personalities than right in the parking lot at Sunset Beach. Fugitives, figurines and flakes all gather together to amuse and entertain one another along with passing tourists, recluse locals and anyone else who wants to watch mother nature do her thing in all her splendor. Whether you have a cold one, a funny smelling cigarette or just a great companion, it'll be one of the most entertaining half-hours you can spend. Plus it's free!


After a giant swell, I like to search for petroglyphs at Ke-Iki beach. On rare occasions, the giant surf sweeps the sandstone entirely clean of sand and exposes ancient pre-contact carvings. It’s a fascinating display if you are lucky enough to be there under the right conditions.


The best place to find the flavors of the North Shore is at the Sunday Farmers Market in Haleiwa and Saturday Farmers Market in Waialua.  Both markets offer a casual shopping experience, plenty of samples to taste and delicious locally grown produce and fruit as well as locally made specialties - all within the confines of the North Shore. Click here for the North Shore Calendar >


Need a unique souvenir?  Look for "Flotsam and Jetsam" along the far North Eastern corner of the island. While it’s usually windy and forlorn in this area, these conditions create a unique opportunity to find some great beach treasures. The stretch of coastline from Turtle Bay to Malaekahana is the most exposed area of the North Shore to pummeling “onshore” winds, and the reason all kinds of things wash ashore from glass balls and marine debris to just about anything that floats. The best time to find a personal memento is typically after an extended period of strong trade winds.


Last, but not least!  During surf season there is nothing better than watching the show unfold at Pipeline. Where else can you see the best surfers in the world perform to the best of their abilities in what is arguably the best wave in the world? From only 75 yards away, you can literally feel, taste, and smell the most intense action in Hawaii. When Pipeline is good, there is no better show on earth!  And it's absolutely free!  So, take your towel down to the water's edge to watch the surfers, the beautiful women, and the powerful waves and realize there is no place like the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii!