Marty Thomas

 Vans Triple Crown (Photo: ASP/Cetari)

Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort

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.

Marty Thomas spent 11 years on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, launching his professional career in the early 80s. He won Rookie of the Year and reached a career high of ninth in the world in 1990. Marty first visited the North Shore in 1980 for the U.S. Championships, placing second at the age of 12, and moved here shortly thereafter to pursue his surfing career. In 2009, Marty returned to the North Shore permanently to direct competition for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, considered to be the ultimate test of a surfer's ability to master the big waves at three unique venues - each with its own set of challenges for the surfer. This year he assumes the role of executive director of the storied surf contest.


Watch seasoned surfers shred the waves at Rocky Point (My stomping grounds growing up!) It’s a great place to catch the pros, and is the most consistent North Shore surf spot under 8 feet. If the swell is big, there's no better thrill than watching the Banzai Pipeline from the water's edge. Keep your kids and cameras high ‘n’ dry – a rogue set may catch you off guard. 


Hike some of the easy six-mile Kaunala Trail above Pupukea. The trailhead is at the end of Pupukea Road, and there are plenty of breathtaking ocean views. 


Take a tour of the North Shore country life, paniolo (cowboy) style: By horseback. 


Stand-up paddleboard the river in Haleiwa. There are several rental locations right by Haleiwa Beach Park. Keep your eye out for sea turtles. 


Grab some fresh-made poke from Kahuku Superette. Head to the back of the store for one of the best and most delicious poke selections on the island.


Golf the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay. The afternoon light and shadows on the back nine will give you chicken skin (goose bumps). It's a challenging course, but with five tee boxes, golfers of all levels can enjoy. Following your round, hit Lei Lei's for some ono grinds (tasty food).