One of my great friends moved away from Costa Rica this past April. It was a little bit sad, as it meant I wouldn’t be able to see her and surf with her as frequently. The only saving grace that enabled me to see past the aspect of losing a very cherished local girlfriend was that she was moving to Hawaii, an island paradise with tropical weather and beautiful waves.
My recent visit to Oahu was the ideal version of a brief week long vacation. We surfed every morning, hiked most afternoons, and ate fresh poke and açai bowls in between. Niki lives in Honolulu, so we hungout and caught waves in the city for the first couple of days before heading up to the North Shore. Winter swells had not yet arrived so all of the waves were fairly playful and perfect everywhere we went. This being said we still managed to break two boards.
One morning we took a boat trip with Hawaii Shark Encounters to swim with Galapagos and sand sharks. It was so cool to observe these creatures in crystal clear water right off the coast. I had never seen sharks up close and personal, so it was a definitely a highlight for me that morning to watch them swim so gracefully.
After a week of surfing peeling reef breaks, swimming with sharks, and eating my favorite Hawaiian foods, I said seeya later to island life and gave Niki a huge seeya later hug. Mahalo Niki & Oahu for a dreamy week of island bliss!
Writing & Photos by: Kaitlyn Shea