Posted by: Anna Webb | August 11, 2009

Surfing “Felicia” at Pohoiki


A surfer catches a wave at Pohoiki Monday afternoon 8/11/09

A surfer catches a wave at Pohoiki Monday afternoon 8/10/09

The only indication that a tropical storm looms to the distant east/northeast was the great wave action down at Pohoiki today. While coastal Big Island parks remain closed today from Ka’u to Laupahoehoe, it didn’t stop surfers and photographers from flocking to lower Puna District.

One of many photographers set up along the coast

One of many photographers set up along the coast

We were curious to see how the ocean was affected by tropical storm Felicia, so we ventured down Red Road in search of an answer. Along the drive, we noticed larger than usual swells on the southeast side of the island but the splash made along the cliffs wasn’t any more impressive than any other windy day. Then we arrived at Pohoiki.

A surfer enters the water at Pohoiki

A surfer enters the water at Pohoiki

Same surfer heads out on his board

Same surfer heads out on his board

Mothers pushed their children in strollers along the road and the parking lots were full. It was easy to see where people headed on this gorgeous Big Island day in lower Puna. And then we saw the crowds gathered alongside of the road and spilling over into it. We looked to our right and discovered why. There were no less than 15-20 surfers out in the water and two jet skis to retrieve them after their rides on white capped 6-8 foot waves. We guesstimated a couple of 10 footers while there, however. Perfect timing!

Surfing the curl at Pohoiki

Surfing the curl at Pohoiki

In the distance you could see Felicia’s dark gray presence but inland the weather was fine. More than fine – no ka oi (the best). Interestingly the wind was blowing more from the north/northeast rather than east/northeast. It was cool though because as a set of waves began to break, the wind would blow the spray back over it. And the surfers were lovin’ it!

So were the fishermen. There were an equal number of folks out catching fish on this fine day. We watched a man pull his net out of the water; the traditional Hawaiian way to fish here off the coast.

A fisherman (between the trees) pulls his net out of the water

A fisherman (between the trees) pulls his net out of the water

Now that it looks like Felicia isn’t visiting the Big Island at all, we can thank her for bringing nice waves our way.

Pohoiki Surf

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Responses

  1. Aloha Anna,
    Been following on Twitter the news about “Felicia”. Thank goodness it did not land on the Big Island. Waikoloa is a second home to me so I am really quite relieved to know that she did not visit but you felt her presence via the good friendly waves. Here in England the big news apart from murders and the credit crunch is the £40 million (almost US$80 million) worth of gems stolen last Thursday afternoon. Just walked in and walked out literally!
    Stay alert for the hurricane season.

    • Thanks for the comment, Mari. Wow, yes the news both Mainland U.S. and on a global scale just keeps getting stranger and stranger. We’re holding the “Aloha Spirit” here in Hawaii and thankfully Waikaloa and Big Island is still as beautiful as ever! Thanks for visiting my blog and visit often to keep up on your second home!

  2. thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Good morning Anna,
    Lovely to hear from you. Yes, from reading about the weather nowadays it seems things have really really changed. I featured your article on my blog so when you have time do drop in at: http://islandmeri.wordpress.com
    Yes, I’ll be visiting your blog daily. I will also put your blog on my links page so my visitors can read your blog when they visit my site. Have a great day.


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