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Under a perfect spring day, the fifth annual North Shore Ocean Fest kicked off at Turtle Bay on June 4, drawing hundreds of families to the resort’s grounds and coastline for the free daylong event. As a means to celebrate and educate the people—and especially keiki of Hawaii—on the importance of protecting our seas, this year’s gathering was a huge success. Complete with live music, student art and poetry presentations, food booths, art and crafts vendors, more than 30 informational booths, and a keiki hula show, Ocean Fest helped strengthen our community while simultaneously educating the public about the plights facing our oceans.
You’re standing on the edge of a cliff, your knees are shaking slightly and your heart is racing. Twenty feet below you stands the ocean. This is crazy, you tell yourself. But then, another voice calls out, compelling you to step outside of your comfort zone and take the plunge. And with that voice urging you on, you take a deep breath and leap off the cliff and into the ocean. By the time you make it to the surface, you can’t fight back your smile; you've never felt this alive.
In the world of competitive open-ocean swimming, you’d be hard pressed to find a better venue than Oahu’s North Shore in the summer. Come June to September of every year, the lively surf that’s given rise to the North Shore’s lore takes a breather and lake-like conditions can be found among our famous reefs. Out of these tranquil waters, the North Shore Swim Series—a five-part open-ocean swimming competition—was born.