- 12 March 2012 | Surfing
Hawaii is the capital of modern surfing. The group of Pacific islands gets swell from any direction, so there are plenty of pristine surf spots for all. Beginners and advanced might get surf in almost all 365 days of the year.
Groundswell is the key to the Hawaiian surf breaks. Transparent water, glassy waves, tubular or slower rides, reef or sandy bottoms. You can surf all types of waves in Hawaii, as long as you've got a board.
The US State of Hawaii has eight main islands: Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau. The most popular Hawaiian surf spots are located in The Big Island (Hawaii), The Valley Isle (Maui), The Garden Isle (Kauai) and in The Gathering Place (Oahu).
Adrenaline makes your heart pump faster if you try one of the Triple Crown of Surfing spots, in Oahu's North Shore. If you can handle the wave, the take-off and the surf line, then this is the ultimate surf spot. Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Haleiwa Beach Park are probably the best known surf spots in the world.
A good alternative will be Backdoor, also known for its "rights on the other side of Pipeline". Oahu's North Shore is constantly testing your skills. Expect fast drops, tough locals and sharp shallow reef.
Big waves are also seen in Waimea Bay, one of the most recognized surf sanctuaries in the world of wave riding. Sandy Beach is a superb surf spot too. Still in Oahu, the largest producer of waves of the Hawaiian Islands, learn or teach how to surf waves at White Plains Beach and Waikiki Beach. Canoes is also great for beginners, but not perfect for relaxed surfing. Despite its long rides, it is always very crowded.
The Big Island is great surf destination for those willing to learn how to surf. Pine Trees is a wonderful surf break just south of Nelha. Try it with the incoming midtide. The Kohala Lighthouse is a very nice surf spot for all surfing levels, but watch out for the rocks in low tide.
Kauai has produced some of the best surfers in the world, so it's a good option. Hanalei Bay offers the greatest conditions in the island. It's consistent, beautiful and offers great conditions for the entire surf family. Kalapaki Beach, Kealia Beach and Shipwreck Beach should be checked and surfed, too.
Maui is the windiest island of Hawaii. That is why it is also one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in the world. When swell and wind match their bestqualities, the result is breathtaking. Peahi Jaws pumps one of the most dangerous waves in the planet. Hookipa Beach Park is a wave windsurfer's Mecca, while Honolua Bay can offer small fun rides, as well as super fast overhead barrels.
Oahu Surf Spots:
White Plains Beach
Haleiwa Beach Park
Big Island Surf Spots:
Kauai Surf Spots:
Maui Surf Spots:
Hookipa Beach Park