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Jamie Sterling's North Shore

Lush mountains loom over golden sands and a dozen of the world’s most revered waves. Welcome to the North Shore of Oahu.

Why surf Oahu?

Why surf Oahu?

With Honolulu and the bustling southern side of Oahu commonly referred to as “Town”, the greener, slower-paced North Shore is what locals call “Country”. A tight-knit community of natives and transplants line the postcard-like coastline. Whether you smell the backyard BBQs down side streets, taste fresh açai from a food truck, or visit an ancient H... show more

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Sitting in the surf with the Zen-like Jamie Sterling, you’ll notice that he gets more shaka’s and Howzit's than the average local. Born and raised on the North Shore, he has been a waterman his entire life. Beginning his big-wave career at age 16, Jamie went on to earn countless accolades, including the 2011 WSL Big Wave World Championship. Having... show more
I’ve been a bunch of times, but I’ve never really been dialed-in on the North Shore. To me, that was the coolest thing – there’s nobody else offering this kind of experience.

Your private adventure

Who’s it for

The nine-month-long surf season offers plenty of time for a variety of waves to light up. With easy waves like Pua’ena Point, intermediate reefs like Rockies, and of course, biggies like Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline, the North Shore truly has a wave for every level of surfer.

When to go

The North Shore pumps from October through March, but you can enjoy some late- or early-season energy in September and April as well. Just keep an eye on forecasts and you could seriously score.

Make it yours

With no set itinerary, Jamie’s trips are truly one-of-a-kind. Let him take you on two-wheeled back road excursions, to the sweet spot at a lesser-known reef, and through the crowd to the front of the line at his favorite food truck.

Jamie's Picks

Immerse yourself in the North Shore’s richest experiences like a true local when you step into Jamie’s world.

Would You Go?

Whether it’s the opening ceremony or the actual competition, this world-renowned event is a true spectacle worth witnessing.

Da Grindz

From poké bowls at Pupukea Grill to açaí bowls at the Sunrise Shack, the North Shore food truck scene is not to be missed.


Feel the rush of free-falling from Waimea Bay’s iconic jump-rock, alongside dozens of other cheering adrenaline junkies.

Go Slow and Say Hello

Cruise the most star-studded residential bike path in the surfing world as you pass a dozen of the best waves on Earth.

Waialua Sugar Mill Shapers Hub

Ever wonder where, exactly, the best surfers on planet earth get their quivers made? Have Jamie introduce you to one of his shaping guru friends at this surfboard manufacturing power spot.

Where you'll sleep

Stay in hidden homes and boutique hotels matched to your needs—from lux digs with a private chef to bohemian bungalows right on the beach, your spot is guaranteed to be dialed.

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows

Located in the middle of surfing's Mecca, these airy, oceanside Bungalows are a spectacular place to call home during any wave-hunting pilgrimage. Soak up sunsets every night and wake at dawn to the sound of crashing waves beyond the palm-fringed lanai. Just a stone’s throw from Log Cabins, a few minutes’ pedal from Pipe, and less than an hour from Waikīkī, this stay is ideal for taking advantage of everything the island has to offer.

Turtle Bay

Commonly known as the place to stay and play during Winter stints on the island, Turtle Bay is a hot spot for surfers of all ilk. However, slightly removed from the hard-core bustle of the seven-mile surf scene, this luxury resort is as calming as they come. From five-star accommodations and rejuvenating spa and fitness offerings to myriad mouthwatering dining options and on-site surf lessons, you may not want to leave this Hawaiian haven.
These are just a few of the special digs available. We need to know a bit about you to match the perfect spot for you and yours.


What makes a Thermal adventure different?
Surfing with the best local guide and staying in the perfect place is a unique and powerful combo. Go with a local to uncrowded spots and explore a new region of the world embedded in the local community.
How well do I need to surf?
The North Shore pumps from October to March, but also is great for all surf levels all year round.
What are the dates of the trip?
This is your private adventure, so the group size will be whoever is in your own party. And we work with you to book dates that best fit your schedule, budget, and preferred wave type.
What is typically included?
This adventure includes personalized surf guiding, accommodations, beginner boards/soft tops, and hosting for your entire trip which means you can focus on the waves.
What’s not included?
Flights, meals, and rental car aren't included.
Where do I fly into?
You'll want to book flights to Honolulu International Airport (HNL).
How will I get around while I'm there?
You'll want to rent a car to get around the island while you're there.
Can I rent a board or do I have to bring my own?
Beginner boards/soft tops are included, and there are lots of places to rent boards there.
What other non-surf experiences can I do there?
Along with beach walks, jumping rocks, biking, and feasting with Jamie, other experiences include scuba, snorkling, whale watching, sky diving, and shark cage diving.