Gigantic waves up to 35 feet high drew hoards of spectators and surfers to the shores of Oahu on Monday, with more monstrous swells expected today.
Known to the locals as "winter waves," the massive breakers even forced the postponement of the Volcom Pipe Pro surfing competition along the island's North Shore.
A large northwest swell was responsible for the monstrous waves on the north- and west-facing shores of the Hawaiian islands. The energy driving the waves was even making for some hearty waves on the leeward Kona Coast of the Big Island.
A powerful Pacific storm and its associated cold front approaching from the west is stirring the big waves.
A few hearty surfers ventured out into the huge swells on Monday evening at Waimea, hoping to catch the perfect wave. For some, the power of the ocean proved to be too much.
"First wave for me out there, not really sure what happened. But the end result was I dislocated my hip," surfer Charlie Herr told HawaiiNewsNow.com.
Scores more enjoyed the waves from a safe distance onshore.
The show will continue today, albeit with slightly smaller waves. Small, is a relative term though, with surf expected to remain as high as 15 to 30 feet, down from 25 to 40 feet on Monday.
Local officials noted that the forecast was somewhat conservative, as some waves will be more than twice as high as the significant wave height forecast!
Surf will continue to gradually subside over the next few days, with organizers of the Volcom Pipe Pro hopeful that competition will resume late in the week.
There are 112 of the world's best surfers vying for $130,000 in prize money in the event.
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