Big wave surfers take to the water at Waimea Bay

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Jan 23 2014 06:12:56 PM HST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 08:19:57 PM HST

Massive waves made for some daredevil surfing on the North Shore, and weather conditions allowed big wave surfers to do their thing!

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

Massive waves opened opportunities for massive surf on Oahu's North Shore.  Weather conditions allowed for big wave riders to have some fun on Thursday.

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Big wave surfers seized the opportunity to ride the largest swell Oahu's seen in more than a decade.

A day after windy weather created choppy waves, Waimea Bay was much better for surfing this time.

"It was a wild mess there yesterday and today it's a little bit more clean," said Kailua big wave surfer Nick Christensen.  "The swell came down a little bit and it's looking nice out there."

"Today as soon as we woke up, it was perfect," said pro surfer Ian Cosenza from Brazil.  "Good wind.  Good wave.  About 20 feet face.  A little bit more sometimes.  It's so perfect.  Don't even care about the size.  Just go there.  Impossible to be on sand watching."

But, for others, it's enough just watching from the sidelines.

"That's all we hear about at home movies and stuff like that," said Sara Kempton from Australia.  "Never seen surf like that.  We have a few big waves but nothing like this."

Waimea Bay Beach Park was closed since Tuesday but opened up Thursday morning.

Ocean Safety was on high alert especially knowing there were more people in the water.

"Here we are, kind of family because big riders, most don't have sponsors.  Do for love this sport.  So we look for each other on the water like a big family," said big wave rider Silva Nabuco from Brazil.

The high surf warning is still in effect.  Everyone is advised to stay away from the shoreline and out of the water.

Waimea Bay Beach Park closed again by late Thursday afternoon.

PHOTOS: Giant swell hits Hawaii

Click here to see pictures from the epic swell.


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