Giant Sea Turtles & Old Steps

Waves were not in abundance today on the North Shore of Oahu, not big waves at least. Sunshine, and perfect weather was on tap for today though! Mid-morning we headed down to the beach at Leftovers on the other side of Waimea Bay.

When the waves are up, Leftovers is actually one of my favorite surf spots on the North Shore. I surfed that place 3 days in a row on my last trip here! It’s a big wave, with nice walls to carve and can get pretty hollow towards the left inside. Don’t get too close to the inside bowl, or you will end up on dry reef (I know from experience)!

The beach at Leftovers was perfect to try out a little snorkeling with the GoPro. There is a little lagoon by Leftovers that surfers paddle through, and it’s full of rocks and little fish. I’m still getting used to shooting underwater with the GoPro; expect better shots next time!

It wasn’t too long before we wanted to surf. Stephen ran back to the house and snagged a longboard and we attempted to give Becca a surf lesson. At one point during her lesson, Becca swam under, and came up face to face with a turtle that had a head the size of her’s. It was one of the coolest/funniest things I’ve ever seen in the water. After her close encounter with the turtle literally the size of a car, Becca decided she was done for the day.

Aside from surf lessons and snorkeling at Leftovers, I enjoyed checking out the staircases leading down from some of the houses to the beach. They’re all made with what I’m going to call coral brick. The decades of waves pounding into them certainly shows, as you will see in the pictures. If only those bricks could speak of the swells and rides that have taken place before them over the years…

 

The Beach at Leftovers

The Beach at Leftovers

 

A little bit of reef and some sea life at Leftovers

A little bit of reef and some sea life at Leftovers

 

Becca in the snorkel gear

Becca in the snorkel gear

 

Nothing like a selfie in the snorkel gear!

Nothing like a selfie in the snorkel gear!

 

Stephen about to go out with the longboard at Leftovers

Stephen about to go out with the longboard at Leftovers

 

My first wave shot with the GoPro3- A waist high one at Leftovers

My first wave shot with the GoPro3- A waist high one at Leftovers

 

An interesting view of myself while relaxing on the beach

An interesting view of myself while relaxing on the beach

 

The waves these steps have seen...

The waves these steps have seen…

 

These steps have really had it. Very cool stonework though!

These steps have really had it. Very cool stonework though!

 

And today's Babe shot with Becca!

And today’s Babe shot with Becca!

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