- 1) Sunset Beach
A shining star among O‘ahu's North Shore lineup, Sunset Beach is one of the more popular surf spots for experienced boarders during Hawai‘i's big wave winter season and a popular sunning spot during the calmer summer months.
Just off of Kamehameha Highway, Sunset Beach breaks up the monotonous view of residential homes, swaying palms, and glimpses of Hawai‘i's warm turquoise waters. Waikiki Parc's Todd T. likes to come here to watch the pros shred it up during the winter swells and sunbathe and swim during the summer. Sunset also receives ray-ve reviews from beachgoers for the convenient parking lot across the street with restrooms and showers. And for those with children, Sunset Beach sets a lifeguard on duty daily, which offers some peace of mind and a good sounding board to check in on the day's water conditions.
Sunset's world-famous waves are also home to surfing competitions including the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing - one of the Van's Triple Crown's prestigious events, which regularly attracts hundreds of elite surfers from around the world to compete for the contest's $135,000 prize purse and barrel bragging rights.