Image: Bruce Irons, above, shot through a tube yesterday during the third heat of the O'Neill World Cup, held at Sunset Beach. CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARBULLETIN.COM
The National Weather Service said surf could rise to between 22 and 28 feet on the North Shore Saturday with some 30-foot waves hitting the outer reefs. Surf along west-facing shores will grow to 10 to 20 feet. While common in size for the winter season, the waves still present dangerous conditions. A storm about 1,700 miles north of the islands caused the extra-large waves. Two other storms could send swells to Hawaii next week. The second will peak on Tuesday, matching Saturday's heights. The third, expected on Thursday, could be even bigger.