Welcome to paradise

So, you want to make your pilgrimage? You've never been to the North Shore of Oahu and you're ready to suck it up and give it a go. In his or her lifetime every surfer should make the trek at least once, if not to charge Pipe, at least to witness the spectacle firsthand. To help push you over the ledge and get the wheels in your feeble skull turning, here's a few things you should know before you zip up your board bag and get on the plane ... the rest is up to you. (Tom Servais)