Catch a WaveO‘ahu

To early Hawaiians, surfing was more than catching and riding waves—it was a social activity and honored ritual. In ancient Hawai‘i, surfing began with the selection of a tree from which a board would be carved, and progressed to legendary surfing contests for the ali‘i (chiefs).

Today’s surfers may not be royalty, but they are no less enchanted by the legendary sport of kings. A great place to try out surfing is WAIKIKI. With reliable waves almost all year round, it’s a good choice for the beginner and an easy place to rent boards and take lessons. After all, the surfers at Waikiki Beach were the ones who first helped to bring the sport of surfing to the world. Today,

WAIKIKI BEACH SERVICES fosters the love of surfing and Waikiki with surf lessons, stand up paddle lessons and outrigger canoe rides at The Royal Hawaiian: A Luxury Collection Resort and The Sheraton Waikiki.

At OHANA SURF PROJECT (OSP) in Waikiki, the staff instructors treat guests like family. The team of instructors are surfing experts with decades of experience and a passion for passing on the sport and culture of surfing to guests. Lessons take place in Waikiki seven days a week at

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9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. with hotel pick-ups at several hotels across Honolulu.

Another spot for new surfers is at WHITE PLAINS on the southwest side of O‘ahu.

While professional surfing contests take place during the winter, you can still check out locals taking on North Shore waves throughout the year at spots along the “SEVEN MILE MIRACLE,” which stretches from Hale‘iwa to Sunset Beach. It contains many of the major surf spots on this big-wave coast, including Rocky Point, Banzai, Pipeline, Ehukai, Waimea Bay, Chun’s Reef, Laniakea and Sunset Beach.

If surfing on the North Shore or elsewhere interests you, surf pros offer lessons all around the island when conditions are safe. Don’t try to tackle these spots solo.

AFFORDA BLE TOURS (808) 921-2280
ALOHA HAWAII TOURS (808) 926-3800
OHANA SURF PROJECT (808) 599-7873
SURF N SEA (808) 637-9887 OR (800) 899-SURF (7873)
TWOGOOD KAYAKS (808) 262-5656
TY GURNEY SURF SCHOOL (808) 271-9557