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Surfing lessons on Oahu just got hotter.

 By Emilia Perry

Surfing on the north shore of Oahu has just gotten hotter. Its  been so beautiful and warm this year I have hardly needed my wet suite. Just in a bikini, which I love to do. Sunny days and no winds, pretty much like what the post cards are made of. The water is comparable to surfing in Tahiti, with having consistent, glassy conditions for over such a large period of time. Glassy conditions: When the waves (and general surface of the water) are extremely smooth and glossy, not disturbed by wind. In surf vernacular: It’s like a spilled oil slick.

One thing that has me concerned is the reef. At all the famous Surf spots on the north shore, there use to be a lot of shades on the reef of deep browns, blues and greens and now there are many white patches showing up more and more often. So I checked up on this issue and found this on the USA Today Website.

The warm water prompts algae inside the coral to leave, which starves coral and turns it white. Which is a sign of distress.

September was the second-hottest on record since the 1940s, with recent underwater temperatures as high as 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), scientists noted. A maximum of 83 degrees F (28.5 degrees C) is normal

There also have been reports of coral bleaching on the Big Island, Maui and at Honolulu’s famed Hanauma Bay, a popular snorkeling spot.

“The corals are animals, right, they’re not rocks,” said Kim Hum, Hawaii Director of Marine Programs for The Nature Conservancy.

So lets all be aware of our carbon foot print, because Global Warming is for real. We only have one ocean and one planet for that matter. Let’s keep it healthy.

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