NORTH SHORE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The surf was building on the North Shore all day Monday and some 20-30 foot sets started coming in around 3:00 PM. The surf didn't get quite as big as it was supposed to earlier Monday, but the promise of big surf still brought along some big crowds here to the North Shore.
Now the high waves combined with the high tide early Monday morning, washed sand and debris at Kamehameha Highway at Rocky Point. Waves also washed ashore at Laniakea but did not damage any homes. The crowds have been browsing the expected traffic nightmare but it also has lifeguards and spectators.
"Now remember that there's a lot of people here, not really that great a day, just stay home would be my advice," North Shore Ocean Safety, John Hoogsteden said.
There was also a brief scare Monday afternoon when there was a report of a surfer in distress at the surf spot backyards. Fire rescue crews and the Air one helicopter made a search and discovered that it was not a surfer, but a small buoy that looked like a surfer safety helmet in the water.
Lifeguards are still on the alert tonight along with the Red Cross and Hawaiian Humane Society; they still have a emergency shelter available Monday night at Sunset Beach District Park. The Red Cross said a family of four stayed there Sunday night.
Everybody is ready for the possibility of some really big waves. One of the preparations that has already been done is that authorities have already shutdown Waimea Bay Beach as of 6 p.m. Monday evening until Tuesday morning.
The Eddie Aikau Invitational looks like an 80-90% chance that it's going to happen Tuesday as the waves are expected to get bigger.
Surf photo source: surfshooterhawaii.com