(Adapted with courtesy from Hawaii Polo Life magazine)
Here in Hawaii, Jamie Sterling is what we refer to as a "Triple Threat": He's a monster wave rider, he's a polo player and, he's a North Shore born-and-raised guy who walked us through his favorite hometown haunts. As locals know — and visitors quickly learn — lots of islanders hold their favorite spots close to the heart for fear of everyone finding out about them. Yet Sterling, gave us his Top 5 favorite land, sea, shop and slurp spots. Dig in!
1. I like to start the day with a mountain bike ride up in Pupukea. There are some great trails along the bluff, or up at the Boys Scout camp.
2. I'll roll to Cafe Haleiwa for breakfast. Their "Breakfast in a Barrel" burrito does me right.
3. In the afternoon I might tackle a nice downwind SUP or paddle. If it's summertime, I'll cool off afterwards snorkeling or cave diving at Shark's Cove.
4. I like to check out the Thursday afternoon farmers market in Waimea Valley. I score fresh fish, organic beef from Molokai, eggs and local produce there. (Thursdays, 3 - 7 p.m. Waimea Valley Audubon Society parking lot.) There's also Waialua Fresh for killer fruits and veggies, plus beef from the Big Island.
5. Dinner I head to a few different spots, if I'm not cooking at home. Jerry's Pizza in Waialua is always good. Here in Haleiwa I love Luibuenos, Opa Thai or Haleiwa Joe's.
Jamie Sterling, 31, is a professional surfer raised on Sunset Beach. He's surfed all over the globe, even managing to find some tasty waves on the tidal river bore in China. Sterling has been playing polo for five years, having swung a mallet at Mokuleia, in Santa Barbara and Argentina. He credits Enrique Diaz with turning him on to that "other" sport of kings.
You can learn more about Sterling on his website.