Winter swells have officially arrived on the North Shore. As North swells light up the Pacific and turn Pipeline and Backdoor into the best show in professional surfing. The professional surfing world has already started its annual pilgrimage to the North Shore of Oahu ahead of this winter’s competitive events. Winter on the North Shore comes with a palpable energy that reverberates through the sand with each wave. Anticipation of large winter swells and the competitive events that can make or break careers can be felt in the air. If you’re visiting the North Shore this winter and want to watch the best surfers in the world take on the best waves on the planet, continue reading below for the JOB Surf Experience Guide to Winter on the North Shore.
Haleiwa Challenger Series – Haleʻiwa Aliʻi Beach Park Haleiwa, Oahu – November 26 to December 7, 2022
The WSL Challenger Series host the best up-and-comers alongside established pros and some of the most exciting waves in the world. This year, the challenger series will wrap with the Haleiwa Challenger event. The event window is from November 26 to December 7 at Haleʻiwa Aliʻi Beach Park.
Vans Pipe Masters- Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline)- December 8-20, 2022
Vans officially announced the return of the Pipe Masters, which signals the departure from the typically scheduled WSL WCT Billabong Pro Pipeline that is now scheduled for the beginning of the new year. To the excitement of many, Vans has introduced a new competitive format that gives equal representation to Hawaiian surfers as it does to WSL competitors. The competition will also feature a women’s side. To shake things up, even more, Vans has changed the judging criteria and plans to reward progressive aerial and end-section maneuvers in addition to barrel riding. The event’s wild cards include some of the best high-performance and aerial surfers on and off tour. You won’t want to miss this event.
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing – Haleʻiwa Aliʻi Beach Park/ Sunset Beach / Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) – December 21, 2022, to January 21, 2023
Like last year, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will be digital, meaning contestants will have the competition window to submit clips of their best waves at the three event spots: Pipeline, Sunset, and Haleiwa. While the event doesn’t have a hard contest start and stop date, you’re likely to see your favorite pros filming at all three waves all winter long.
Red Bull Magnitude – North Shore, Oahu – December 1, 2022, to March 14, 2023
Red Bull Magnitude returns to the North Shore of Oahu this winter for its third year. Red Bull Magnitude reimagines big wave surf contests with its digital format, which allows contestants to choose the best swell of the winter and submit clips of their best waves at the most iconic big wave breaks. Red Bull Magnitude is the premier women’s big wave contest on the North Shore.
The WSL Billabong Pro Pipeline – Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) – January 29 to February 10, 2023
The WSL Billabong Pro Pipeline brings the world’s best back to Pipeline for another round of competition. Last year, Kelly Slater made history with another event win at Pipeline just before his 50th birthday, cementing him as the official Greatest of All Time at Pipe and anywhere else, for that matter.
Da Hui Backdoor Shootout – Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) – January 4-16, 2023
Da Hui Backdoor Shootout returns to the North Shore with its unique and refreshing take on surf contests. The contest begins with eight teams. Unlike in WSL contests, Da Hui Backdoor Shootout is judged on a 12-point scale, with scores in the 11 and 12 range reserved for mind-blowing barrels.
The WSL Hurley Pro Sunset – Sunset Beach – February 11-23, 2023
The World Tour is coming back to the famed North Shore wave. The waiting period starts Valentine’s Day weekend. Sunset is one of the most fearsome waves on the planet that rewards high-performance, power surfing. If you’re on the island, you won’t want to miss this event.
To stay close to the action on the North Shore, book your stay at Turtle Bay. When you’re not watching the pros compete in the heaviest surf on the planet, book a lesson with our North Shore Surf School.