A rainbow over Haleiwa, the gateway to the North Shore and the first stop on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. (Vans Triple Crown of Surfing)
Starting Nov. 12 and continuing until Dec. 20, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will feature about 260 of the world’s best surfers in a series of three surf contents -- one set for men, one for women -- at North Shore locations.
Big waves break close to the shore where some say you can feel the sand under your feet.(Vans Triple Crown of Surfing)
Thousands of surfers come to the North Shore of Oahu in October and stay until March to battle waves along an eight-mile stretch that runs from Haleiwa north to Turtle Bay.
The setting sun at Haleiwa Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The beach near Turtle Bay Resort, the North Shore’s only resort. (Marco Garcia / Associated Press)
Surfer Ian Walsh wipes out during a 2003 competition -- the Rip Curl Cup -- at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. Fall and winter draw thousands of surfers to Oahu’s coast to ride the monster waves. (Carol Cunningham / Associated Press)
While the surfer stars hit 20-foot waves, even boogie boarders get big ride at Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)