Current conditions at Ehukai Beach Park

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High Surf Warning

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:49am to 6:00pm
Issued Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:49am

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70°F
A Few Clouds
Winds North at 12.7 MPH (11 KT)

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SURF ALONG NORTH FACING SHORES WILL BE 20 TO 30 TODAY, LOWERING TO 15 TO 20 FEET TONIGHT, THEN LOWERING TO 10 TO 15 FEET ON THURSDAY.

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Beach ID: 9

Ehukai Beach Park is also known as

Banzai Pipeline

The surf season for the Pipeline runs from October thru April. Surf and ocean conditions can change rapidly during the surf season. Lifeguards are on duty from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

Getting There

Ehukai Beach Park is located on the Oahu North Shore.

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Background

‘Ehukai, or “sea spray”, a small, 1.2-acre beach park on Ke Nui Road across from Sunset Beach Elementary School, is the public access point to one of the world’s most famous surf sites, the Banzai Pipeline. During the winter surf season, traffic is heavy everywhere on the North Shore, but is especially congested here as residents and visitors drive from all over the island to see the Pipeline and its challengers in action. On a big day at the Pipe spectators and photographers crowd the beach to watch an international mix of surfers ride some of Hawai’i’s most dangerous waves.

The Pipeline was named in December 1961 when California surfing movie producer Bruce Brown was driving around the North Shore looking for filming opportunities with two California surfers, Phil Edwards and Mike Diffenderfer. They stopped at the then-unnamed site where Brown filmed Edwards catching several waves. After Edwards returned to the beach, the three of them decided to come up with an appropriate name. Coincidentally, a construction project for the repair of an underground pipeline was in progress on Kamehameha Highway. As they drove by, Diffenderfer looked into the open trench and suggested that they name the surf site the Pipeline. They all agreed, and in 1961 Brown introduced the name to the world in his fourth surfing movie, Surfing Hollow Days. At that time the beach fronting the Pipeline was known as Banzai Beach, which resulted in the compound name, Banzai Pipeline.

This description is from John R. K. Clark's Beaches Series: Beaches of Oʻahu, Beaches of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau, Beaches of Maui County, and Beaches of the Big Island published and available for purchase from the University of Hawaiʻi Press. We thank John R. K. Clark for providing beach descriptions for use on this site.
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