December 6, 2008 – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Surfers rushed to the choice spots on the west side of the Big Island today, as the large northwest swell creating monstrous 20 to 25 foot surf elsewhere on the Hawaiian Islands created a high surf warning in Kona.
Some beaches were closed on the west side, but that didn’t stop surfing activity at places like Lymans and Banyans, both seen in the video footage above. Surf heights were estimated to be in the 8 to 12 feet range.
The swell is expected to diminish starting Saturday, and the Big Island’s west side will see lower wave heights predicted around 6 to 9 feet.
On Oahu, the Eddie Aikau Invitational was on hold, ready to go if the waves reached a minimum of 20 feet Hawaiian-style measurement (or 40-foot face.)