Winter in Hawaii means many hours in the water and good times. Our favorite surf spots have waves for days, and all of our friends are out. It’s an exiting time to be a surfer, especially on the North Shore of Oahu. Some refer to it as “the seven mile miracle”; and it is. It’s beauty can often mask it’s teeth, and both experienced and non-experienced surfers can be taken by surprise with the shallow reefs and rip currents. There’s there’s so many elements to be aware of when surfing here; though none are more knowledgeable than the the North Shore’s lifeguards.
The North Shore Lifeguard Association was founded in 1996 by the Honolulu City and County Lifeguards who work and live in district three [ North Shore, Oahu Beaches ]. The club was organized to help fulfill the need for ocean safety and lifesaving education within the North Shore community through programs such as Junior Lifeguards.
Tambor is proud to show our support to these men and women, and promote the health and fitness of this crew that does so much for our community. We met up with some of the North Shore’s finest and spoke with Bryan Phillips of the North Shore Lifeguard Association about their mission for their community and how they stay physically fit for such a career.
- How long have you been a lifeguard?
- What are some of the towers you are typically posted at on the North Shore?
This winter I am working full-time on the Jet Ski. One day on the ski out of Waimea and 4 days on the ski at Pipeline
- What do you enjoy most about being a lifeguard?
I enjoy helping people, the challenging surf and our healthy lifestyle.
- What are some of the ways the North Shore Lifeguards stay fit for handling the surf and conditions out here?
Whether its lifting weights, crossfit style workouts, running, swimming, surfing or bodysurfing we all train at work someway. We have to be physically fit and ready for anything.