Saturday on the North Shore of Oahu marked the beginning of a solid swell lingering into Sunday, with a giant lineup of waves on the way just in time to celebrate Christmas. Today’s lineup consisted of some of the world’s best big wave tube riders: Pancho Sullivan was surfing Sunset Beach, Slater was spotted surfing Laniakeia, and Brazilian chargers like Ricardo dos Santos tore apart lefthand barrels at Rock Piles.
Nicknames like, “Kamikaze” and “Japones” in Portuguese due to his half-Japanese half-Brazilian background, Dennis Tihara has the speed to pump through heavy barrels like this one below. Tihara surfed the same break throughout the morning as the swell built up, returning later in the afternoon to drop into this giant 12 ft+ face caught on camera by The Surf Channel. Heavy and huge, this wave involved a dangerous drop for the fearless goofy footer, so we were glad to get the shot.
We asked Tihara what he was thinking before he dropped in:
“I had been paddling for almost 2 hours, and needed to catch one in,” Dennis Tihara told The Surf Channel, after his feet were happily in the sand. “Today we have about 12 ft waves on the set and it’s super complex and tricky, especially with the rocks right in front, but I already got to surf it in the morning and caught some good ones, so I went into this one confident. Now everyone is here; it’s one of the best spots right now for good lefts. Jason Frederico is in the water, the man from Pipeline, Mark Healey was surfing here today, everyone is out. The surf was gaining strength, so the end of the afternoon was ideal, if it stayed good like this.”
Photographers and filmers, watch out for “Kamikaze” Dennis Tihara in the lineup as the big wave winter season continues.