Watch: Surfing Honolua Bay - January 1, 2021

Craig Brokensha
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Raw footage from a windy, though clean Honolua Bay swell a few days ago. Featuring regular surfers, it's a great perspective of one of Hawaii's funnest waves.

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GuySmiley Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 4:19pm

Always beautiful

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James KC Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 4:21pm

Lucky enough to have surfed it very similar to this. An awesome wave that gets a little bit crowded but rightly so it's of high quality!

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Halfscousehalfc... Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 4:56pm

Super fun looking bowl sections. I hate the selfie Sticks and go pros some blokes are holding. Looks a bit knobbish

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Stok Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 10:02pm

Absolutely!

Also the footage is pretty much always lame. in fact, I'd go as far to say Go Pro's in the surf are a novelty which should have worn off by now.

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bluediamond Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 11:18pm

Yes! Completely agree. Same as those ones crew have hanging out of their mouths. Looks like a dog holding a stick.

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Gowsa Friday, 8 Jan 2021 at 1:01pm

I thought that was McBain from Batman on the first wave !

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batfink Friday, 8 Jan 2021 at 2:27pm

Was going to say, imagine riding that wave without a GoPro in your mouth or on a stick. Crazy thought, huh!

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adambol1 Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 5:47pm

Very polite crowd

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dandandan Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 6:30pm

One of the top 3 waves I'd love to surf if crowds weren't an issue.

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tubeshooter Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 6:46pm

"very polite crowd" .. haha , yeah ,, there's a few big fellas out there I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of.

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zenagain Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 6:50pm

One of my favourite waves (not that I've ever surfed it), beautiful to look at.

One of my favourite sections in Barbarian Days too.

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GuySmiley Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 7:27pm

Agree that on Barbarian Days

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batfink Friday, 8 Jan 2021 at 2:29pm

Completely with you on both counts Zen. Hard to imagine a more fun wave, and Finnegans accounts are gripping reading, especially in big swell tripping off his dial.

Been there once, beautiful spot, enjoyed some gorgeous snorkelling in absolutely flat conditions.

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goofyfoot Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 7:19pm

I agree about holding those selfie sticks while surfing, so lame.
Such an amazing wave though

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Craig Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 7:38pm

Wave at 6:50!

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lostdoggy Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 9:21pm

Did well to hold on.
I preferred 5.35, tube pig, double hand drag into double pistol fire claim.

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bbbird Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 8:58pm

Barbarian 'daze'...Epic surfadventurestories... they paddled out to surf this bay on LSD at 10ft+!
https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/william-finnegan
https://www.booktopia.com.au/barbarian-days-william-finnegan/ebook/97814...

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ringmaster Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 9:28pm

Can't believe I still haven't read that book yet after nothing but rave reviews over the years.

Gunna get it for sure now.

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dandandan Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 9:13pm

https://www.theinertia.com/surf/holy-sht-honolua-bay-has-been-pumping/

When I read that section in Barbarian Days I was imagining the waves were like this but with only two people out.

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Solitude Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 9:21pm

Couple of fades that would make a Gold Coaster blush....

I gotta say for such a perfect wave, IMO the style of the average joe out there isn’t what I would’ve thought when you compare to some of the premier east coast Australian points.

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batfink Friday, 8 Jan 2021 at 2:31pm

Hadn’t occurred to me Solitude, but you’re right. Any wave that good on east coast Oz would be packed with seriously good surfers.

Loved the mal guy getting smacked.

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Solitude Friday, 8 Jan 2021 at 9:28pm

I’ve often thought the same of some of the young Oahu crew - Koa Rothman, Nate Florence, Eli Olsen. Yes they charge and are phenomenally talented surfers, but wack ‘em in head high waves and it doesn’t look pretty to my eye.

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The MIDdleman. Thursday, 7 Jan 2021 at 11:14pm

He could've made that last barrel if it weren't for the selfie attempt.
Hope it was a good shot.

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harrycoopr Friday, 8 Jan 2021 at 9:12pm

Salmon Hole

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Ray Shirlaw Saturday, 9 Jan 2021 at 9:52am

4sure mate,4sure...maybe after50 cones of skunk?

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lilas Saturday, 9 Jan 2021 at 8:54am

The Bathymetry of this spot should be used as a template for making waves all around the world! Super fun looking wave.

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saltman Sunday, 10 Jan 2021 at 8:25am

Surfed it in similar conditions one January morning in 1986
It was the most beautiful wave I had seen
And It was also the first time i saw guys intentionally drop in and fade one another
Over and over again

It was much more mellow when it wasn’t perfect and still heaps of fun