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Sunset Beach

Famously complex Hawaiian surf break located on the North Shore of Oahu; regarded by many as the center of the surfing universe from the 1950s to the '80s. "Sunset Beach," California surf journalist Drew Kampion wrote in 1980, "is the standard by which other waves are measured, and the best surfers here are the best surfers, period."

Sunset's enormous lava-rock reef faces to the northwest, and contains at least six named sections, roughly west to east as follows: 1) Val's Reef, named after l...