Huge waves like these hit North Shore, Oahu every year from about late October through late March.
The body of Kirk Passmore still hasn’t been recovered after he attempted to ride his last wave at North Shore’s Alligator Rock. People familiar with Haleiwa/North Shore may know of the restaurant Banzai Sushi, where he worked as manager when he wasn’t out in the water. Supposedly he was one of the few surfers out without a paddle vest. A very unfortunate beginning to big wave season on Oahu.
Here’s footage of his last wave: