Surfing in Hawaii
Why ride the waves?
Visitors travel to Hawaii from all corners of the world just to ride a wave. This destination is famous for being the birthplace and home of surfing with the first account taking place in its waters during 1779. Since then, Hawaii has become known for having the biggest and best waves and it is for this reason that some of the greatest surfing competitions in the world are held on Oahu’s North Shore, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
The best time to surf in Hawaii is during the winter surf season, which runs from November through March. This is when the largest swells of the year can be expected and pro surfers come out to put on a show for the large crowds that gather on the beaches. No matter where you stay in Hawaii you will never be far from a great wave to ride. Surf is available on all the main Hawaiian Islands and so are lessons which are taught by experienced surfers in gentle breaks. There are fun and exciting surfing opportunities for everyone in Hawaii!
Where should I go?
Most will attempt Oahu, Maui or Kauai when surfing in Hawaii! Waikiki Beach in Oahu is where it all started. Many of Hawaii’s holiday deals take place on and around Waikiki Beach and there is no shortage of surf schools and surfboard rental places in this destination either. The most popular breaks here include Castles, Canoes, Ala Moana Bowls and Diamond Head Lighthouse.
Maui attracts fewer crowds than Oahu however there are many incredible surf beaches throughout this tropical island. Surfers will share the clear blue waters with wind and kite surfers as well as the migrating whales and green sea turtles. The most popular breaks here include Jaws, which is best for the more experienced surfers, Hookipa Beach and Honolua Bay.
Kauai is home to some of the best surfers in world and offers even more privacy and open space than many of the other islands! There are some great surf spots around this destination to offer variety as well as a challenge. The most popular beaks here include Poipu Beach, Nawiliwili Harbour, Makua Beach and Hanalei Bay.