South swell attracts surfers and sightseers

South swell attracts surfers and sightseers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)

From Point Panic and Kewalos to Diamond Head and Black Point. Oahu's southern coastline was blanketed by big waves. The sight of surf captivated Beverly Cronin.

"We had to take a look at these waves. It's totally magic," she said.

As they did on Sunday, surfers flocked to Oahu's south shore to spend hours in the water.

"The waves were like six-foot Hawaiian but maybe like 10-foot California," surfer Keoni Jones said.

Wave faces were easily overhead and double-overhead at times. When Susan Moser and Kathy Noll arrived from Pennsylvania, they headed straight for the beach.

"When I saw them I thought it was like a mirage," Noll said. "Those waves look so big, and then we saw bodies on top."

"The surfers were doing great. It was nice to see them get a great ride on those big waves," Moser said.

The South side is known for softer surf than the North Shore. But this swell was beefy.

"Yesterday I got one of the hardest poundings I've had all year, just out at Ala Moana," surf photographer Erik Ippel said. "Waves just got 'grunt,' is what you call it."

"I was getting worked on the right. The lefts are more even," surfer Richard Takazawa said.

The forecast called for 8 to 12-foot surf and the ocean delivered.

"It's the shifts. Winter's over. North Shore's gone flat. Everybody's creeping back to town and taking advantage of the town swell." Ippel said.

 "STD, brah! Surf til dark," Jones said.

Forecasters said wave heights should drop to 6 to 10 feet Tuesday, but a smaller south swell is coming.

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