Pipeline surf contest draws big crowds, prompts parking headaches

Pipeline surf contest draws big crowds, prompts parking headaches

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of spectators flocked to the North Shore on Thursday to check out the Billabong Pipe Masters surf contest.

"The waves are just monster, they're crazy," said Sam, visiting from Australia, at the Banzai Pipeline.

"It's majestic," added Chris Kranenburg, of Waialua.

The action, though, wasn't limited to the break. Throngs of fans packed the beach, while others lined up for merchandise or a bite to eat.

"It's so much fun. There's so much to do, so much to see, you just cruise around and have fun," said Sam.

But it wasn't all fun for motorists, who were stuck in traffic or who got ticketed for parking illegally.

"People getting towed, getting ticketed. Be careful where you park," said Kelly Bradshaw, of Arizona.

On Wednesday, police issued 50 parking citations were issued and 10 vehicles were towed.

Those figures were expected to be topped Thursday.

Police say they're ticketing cars and towing them for safety reasons. First responders need access should any emergencies occur.

While police advised drivers to heed signs on the road, residents had their own advice for those venturing out into the waves: "When the wave is here, don't be there, or you're gonna get drilled, barney," said "Bubba" of Ewa Beach, quoting a line from the film "North Shore."

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