Learn How to Surf on Oahu
Oahu has many amazing spots to learn how to surf. World famous Waikiki is probably one of the best spots in Hawaii to learn how to catch your first wave. Since the turn of the 20th century, Waikiki Beach Boys like Duke Kahanamoku have been teaching visitors how to ride the waves on surfboards and canoes. Sign up for a lesson at the seaside booths along Kuhio and Waikiki Beaches, near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. Some of these instructors have been teaching surfing and outrigger canoe paddling in Waikiki for generations.
You’ll also find surf schools taught at gentler breaks in town at Ala Moana, the North Shore and various other spots on Oahu. Lessons run between 1-2 hours and are taught by experienced surfers in gentle breaks. Longboards are used to make it even easier for first-timers and a push from your instructor will help you get started. Another alternative to surfing that is growing in popularity is stand-up paddle boarding. In stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) riders stand upright on wider, longer boards and use a paddle to manoeuvre. Great for a core muscle workout, SUP is often used for fitness rather than for riding waves. Lessons are highly recommended for your safety and for the safety of your fellow beach goers and surfers.
NOTE: Observe all warning signs. Talk to your instructor about changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for your ability level.