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 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.
Another spot for new surfers is White Plains on the southwest side of O‘ahu.