We drove about 30 miles today to Sunset Beach on the North Shore. The North Shore of Oahu is known for big wave surfing during the winter season. The original Hawaiian name for this place is Paumalū. It is home to the Duke Kahanamoku Classic surfing competition, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing competition, and is occasionally the site of the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational.
Like many beaches on Oahu's North Shore, Sunset Beach is considered dangerous for inexperienced surfers, due to extensive coral formations near the surface that present the risk of serious injury. Conditions for swimming change depending on the particular location and season. Generally speaking, the water is flat as a lake in the summers and has waves in the winters. All the surfing contests take place in the winter around December and January, that being the time of the biggest and best waves for surfing. Swimming conditions change from spot to spot along the beach. There is usually a place to swim somewhere, except during stormy weather.
We were hoping to see the big waves, but the water was calm while we visited. On the way back home, we had a real treat. We stopped at the legendary Giovanni's Shrimp Truck for shrimp dinners. Oh my! He has some of the best shrimp we ever tasted.
Written on a simple whiteboard, the menu has three shrimp plates. All the shrimp plates come with a dozen shrimp, cost $12, and are served with two big scoops of rice and a lemon wedge. I had the Shrimp Scampi and Jerry ordered the Hot-N-Spicy. Both are loaded with butter and garlic and are delicious. The last choice is Shrimp with Lemon Butter, probably delicious too. If you are in the area, don't miss this shrimp.
After our delicious shrimp we drove back home and took a nice walk along the beach. What a life! Check back later for more from Hawaii.