There is no better place to be in the winter than the North Shore of Oahu. From the warm water and tropical breeze to the infamous big waves Hawaii has to offer. Everyone morning Jake Fishman, Miguel Blanco, and I woke up, checked the surf, grabbed our boards, put on our board shorts and were off. The warm refreshing water hit our feet and the anticipation grew as we waited to time the sets before paddling out. Here was our chance. We ran and jumped onto our boards and paddled as fast as we could to make it out to the lineup before getting caught inside. We made it out safely and waited for the waves to start coming through. Out in the distance we saw a mountain of water headed our way and we knew there was more behind it. We began to paddle towards the horizon and made it over the first one. In perfect position for the second one, Jake turned and paddled for his wave. I couldn't see if he made the drop or not because I was ready and positioned for the set's third one. I sat back on my board, rotated my feet, pointed my board towards the beach and paddled with all my might. After a few strong paddles the wave picked me up and I was committed! My heart was racing and there was a strong offshore wind blowing up the face of the wave. I saw nothing but a mist of water. I stood up on the board, got past the mist, and was suddenly half way down the face. I bottom turned to make it past the next section. I managed to make it and rode the wave all the way to the channel. I then saw Jake who had just ridden his wave down the channel as well. The rest of our session went as planned and we traded waves back and forth. We surfed everyday, 4 times a day for a whole week. Surf by day, bonfires by night. Hawaii - an unforgettable adventure of exploring, surfing, meeting people from all around the world, making new friends and living the island life. Counting down the days until I get back to the magical islands in the middle of the pacific.