Ways to Enjoy Hawai‘i’s Surf Culture
Before standing on a board, developing a connection to Hawai‘i’s surf culture is a must. Gain a respect for the sport by discovering the island’s surf history, as well as where to see the pros, grab gear, and catch the best waves. Who knows, one day you may just take home the gold medal like Honolulu native Carissa Moore at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
All water activities, surf shops, and beaches mentioned are currently open but may close at any time. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual attractions for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before heading out on the water.
Learn Hawai‘i Surfing History
O‘ahu is said to be the birthplace of surfing and is most definitely where the sport was first observed. Surfing was considered the “sport of kings.” Kamehameha the Great, the most famous of the Hawaiian kings, helped popularize the sport in the 1700s, but it wasn’t until the early 1900s that surfing became what we know it as today. “Father of modern surfing” and Honolulu native Duke Kahanamoku introduced surfing to the world during his world travels.
Watch World-Class Surfers
With over 200 miles of coastline dotted with premier surf spots, O‘ahu is a haven for the pros. You’ll find world-class surfers at the powerful winter breaks like the Banzai Pipeline. From the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing to The Eddie, check out our guide to discover the top local surfing tournaments on the island to see surfing’s biggest names riding some epic waves.
Discover O‘ahu’s Best Surfing Beaches
O‘ahu has over 100 named surf spots with waves of all sizes to meet the needs of beginners and experts. Find gentle waves at Waikiki Beach with breaks like Pops and Canoes, or at Diamond Head, known for having long mellow waves and deep waters. Experienced surfers will find excellent waves on the North Shore at places like Puaʻena Point Beach Park and Haleʻiwa Beach Park. It’s important to remember that while the water might look calm from the shoreline, the current is very powerful, so make sure you know your skill level. Surf lessons are available at one of the many surf schools in Waikiki.
Get Surf Gear
Ready to hop on a board and embrace Hawaiʻi’s surf culture? Local surf shops like Moku Hawaiʻi, Big Wave Dave, and Quality Surfboards Hawaiʻi are all excellent places in Waikiki to grab some gear, rent a board, or take some lessons. If you find yourself on the North Shore, the longtime Surf N Sea shop in Haleʻiwa has all your surf gear covered, plus offers surf and dive lessons.
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