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Hurricane Lane battered the Hawaiian Islands last week, bringing record rainfall and flooding to the Big Island resulting in mudslides while damaging homes.


But, as the deluge receded back into the sea, it also created perfect conditions for Hilo surfer Shawn Pila to score some solo surf at the drainage canal near his home.

Pila says nearly 20 years ago he and some friends noticed that during serious rains the place creates a standing wave. “We found out that we could surf it, so when it rains like this we’re surfing the trench like Ninja Turtles,” he told NPR.

Unfortunately, local authorities don’t take kindly to Pila’s antics given the hazards of surfing hurricane runoff carrying all sorts of debris.


For his part, though, Pila ascribes to the notion that surfing’s not a crime.


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