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Park and paddle out in river channel.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West
Good wind directionNorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Over 3.5m / 12ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
Himalayas is accross the river channel from Lani's.
I've heard it gets good on a West swell. With a short,hollow left, and, maybe a right, that closes out. As the name indicates, it's supposed to be surfed very large.
Park anywhere on the road. I'm sure guys tow the spot now, but it used to be no one out, most of the time, for a very good reason.
My experience with the spot, other then checking it a million times, came one day when the Bay was going off, 15-20 feet, and it was supercrowded, due to prior to contest mania. You know, the top 45 surfers in the world are calling their shapers, to find out if the swell is big enough for the Eddie, so they bring their Bay boards to practice.
Looking for some serenity, and peace and quiet, I headed down from the Bay, and stopped to look at Himalayas, and Lani's. The wind was light, offshore, almost glassy, and Himalayas looked really fun. A 20 foot peak, with near sheet glass, just brushed by an offshore. I grabbed the carbon fiber board I'd borrowed from Ken Bradshaw, about 10'5" long, and jumped into the rip. The rip is comprised of three quanities of water. First, all the water that 20' Lani's is pushing in, second, the freshwater pouring off the cane fields, from the rain, that created the hole in the reef, and the channel in the first place, and third, the water being pushed in by 20 foot Himalayas. The rip took me flying out right to the peak at Himalayas, and, in fact, right INTO the PEAK. I had to paddle hard sideways to get out of the peak.
Then it dawned on me: Himalayas is a GIANT version of Kamis, on the other side of the rip at Sunset, but worse. The rip funnels right into the peak, and right over the reef. So, first it's IMPOSSIBLE to stay in the lineup, without exhausting yourself, fighting the 5-6 knot rip, and, second, if you get in position, you are facing one of the scariest drops in the islands.
The wave jacks, top to bottom, and, to throw more
crank into it, the rip runs straight up the face, adding another 5-6 knots you have to paddle over, and through, to get over the ledge. I tried getting into a couple waves, and couldn't get over the ledge. I kept getting ripped down the reef south, and, as I tried to catch waves, I would look down, see the right start to lineup, and then close out, in a horrible, doubled up peak. So,in other words, you have a giant wall, with a left that goes top to bottom, and, the right wall is really a top to bottom close out.
I did manage to get over the ledge, caught one giant wave, went left, and proned out, going right, so I made sure I made it back to the beach, not into the channel.
This is a tow-in spot, not a surf spot.
I don't know what the tow-in crowd is like, since I haven't been over to Hawaii since the tow-in craze took off.
Surfing this place by myself, pretty much all I could think of is first Tiger Sharks, since they come in all the time to feed on the turtles in the area, second, if I got caught inside, and my leash breaks, I'm going to have a very long swim, coming in maybe in Haliewa, since I would not be able to swim through the rip running along the beach, from
all the water coming in from the Himalayas wall. In other words, you get caught inside by a huge set, worked by about three waves, then you try and swim accross the rip. However, you get ripped back to the channel, and taken right back into the peak, for another thrashing. Your board ends up on Kaui.
The funniest part of the entire day was returning the board to Mr. Bradshaw, and his reaction when I told him where I went surfing. It's something I'm sure he's done in the past....
By Kewalos , 02-12-2007
Himis!!!! - I Love this place, on a big westswell, low tide, and at least a 7'6 for the small 6-8ft days. The left drains off the shelf and bowls so hard. Broke my coveted James Jones Tuberider gun on a 8-12ft day because I got detonated trying to escape from a huge right that caught me. I love the rights and the lefts. Never really that crowded because of the beatings that get handed out. Good training wave for sunset. Himi's is a fickle spot though, it takes the right kinda swell to light up, and has a mean bounce on the rights on higher tides. It is always shifting around and there is a huge amount of water moving around which makes it hard to get into the wave on smaller boards. I tried a few times on a 6'4 and had a few episodes. When its thumping though- you can catch some bombs that you will burn in your thoughts forever.
By bannjo , 16-05-2007
stupid hawaiians - Wasup Haoles, anybody got any rock ive got a craving haha. Ive heard there is a mad stash under a boulder beneath the peak at himmys ...you crack heads should give it a go. PLus Toddys Daed bra so give it up
By Anonymous , 31-01-2007
pinch a loaf - The left bowl has a mean pinch so make sure you got planny speed. this spot will f you up if you tink you bad, go home an make rice. nice pic btw
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