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Explore the Fabled North Shore of Oahu with Marty Thomas and His Insider’s Play List


Explore the Fabled North Shore of Oahu with Marty Thomas and His Insider’s Play List

NORTH SHORE, OAHU, HI (Nov. 11, 2013) – 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. To officially kick of this year’s Vans Triple Crown competition, herewith is Marty’s Insider’s Play List:  

·         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. One of my favorite rides is at Kawailoa Ranch in Haleiwa.

·         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).

·         Most of all: Enjoy paradise.

Be among the first to enjoy extensive improvements to the resort’s new Epic guest rooms while rubbing elbows with the best of the best in surfing during the 2013 Vans Triple Crown competition from mid-November through mid-December.

Epic Vans Triple Crown Package: Stay five nights in a newly renovated epic room at Turtle Bay and receive transportation to the competition and events; daily breakfast at the North Shore Kula Grille; a $500 credit for any resort activity, including surf lessons from North Shore Guides Club pros at the on-site Hans Hedemann Surf Center; and a $50 gift card at both Oakley at Turtle Bay and The WaterShed to stock up on the latest surf gear found nowhere else. Package starts at:  $525.

Fans of Vans: For the duration of the Vans Triple Crown, Turtle Bay offer’s its Epic Rooms at an Epic discount, breakfast for two daily and a $300 credit to be used with our North Shore Guides Club program or to rent high performance surf boards from the Hans Hedemann Surf Center. Three-night minimum stay required. Rates start at: $488.

Friends of VANS: Come stay on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore and watch the world’s best surfers tackle Pipeline, Sunset and Haleiwa starting from just $250 per night during the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing dates: Reef Hawaiian Pro: November 12-23; Vans World Cup: November 24-December 6; Billabong Pipe Masters: December 8-20. Subject to availability; rates do not include tax or resort service fees. For reservations, visit

Turtle Bay’s Insider’s Play Lists are designed to help guests gain a richer and more gratifying travel experience while visiting Oahu’s fabled North Shore by offering tips on how to explore the destination like a local. Each list is authored by a hand-selected North Shore luminary, from legendary surf icons and artists to resort ambassadors and employees. More Insiders’ Play Lists are available at Come and play!

About Turtle Bay: There’s one North Shore on Oahu. And there’s one resort on it. Ideal for watermen, wave watchers or waders, the 840-acre Turtle Bay Resort is at the epicenter of set after set of activities, events and adventures. Complete with the finest accommodations and amenities suited for the entire family, Turtle Bay is where the “7-Mile Miracle” begins and the lineup is endless. To stay up to date on the Turtle Bay surfing experience, check out For reservations or more information, visit or call (808) 293-6000.

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