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Big waves, big names on Oahu's North Shore

NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the first time ever, the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku is the home base for Hawaii’s Pro Bowlers. That means the North Shore is buzzing with excitement, especially business owners.

Owner of North Shore Tacos Joseph Fullmer says it is an honor to have the 2016 Pro Bowlers in town and hopes that means an uptick in business.

"Between this [Hauula] location and the location that I have at Shark’s Cove, not any kind of players or organizations…but I've definitely seen a little bit of a spike just with tourism and Pro bowl people who wanna watch the game," Fullmer said. 

However, the big talk around the North Shore isn't just football this week. Back-to-back swells are going on all week long with a major one expected to hit on Wednesday. The National Weather Service says powerful and dangerous waves of 35 to 45 feet are expected by late Wednesday along north-facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai and Maui. 

Surfboard shaper and big wave rider Craig Chapman says that coupled with the Pro Bowl hype is like a double whammy.

 "It'll get quite congested at times, at the beach, on the highway, and people walking in and out of cars all the time. So you really have to be aware and extra careful when the waves come up, on the land and near the water," Chapman said.

"One thing that I'm really excited about is that they're putting an event on for some of the different schools on this side of the island. So we're gonna be able to meet some of the Pro Bowlers tomorrow actually, so I'm really looking forward to that and the kids are as well," said North Shore resident Kris Oros.

Whether it is the waves, or the pros, thousands will be on the North Shore this week trying to get a glimpse of all the action.

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