Surfing on Maui
Although Waikiki and the North Shore of Oahu are known as surfing meccas, Maui has it’s own share of famous surf spots and great places to learn the “sport of kings.”
To watch pro surfers in action, head to Honolua Bay and Hookipa Beach near Lower Paia during the big waves of the winter months. East of Hookipa, you’ll find Maui’s most famous surf spot for big wave surfing: Peahi (also known as "Jaws”). During big swells, surfers are towed into Peahi’s massive waves by jet-skis. This technique has lead to the emergence of a new sport called “tow-in surfing.”
For first time surfers, Maui offers surfing lessons at far-less intimidating surf spots in West Maui and South Maui at beaches in Kaanapali, Lahaina and Kihei. Another option for first-timers is stand-up paddle boarding which uses larger boards for surfers to stand upright on, using a paddle to maneuver. Great for a core muscle workout, this version of surfing is becoming very popular in Hawaii. Lessons are highly recommended for your safety and for the safety of your fellow beach goers and surfers. Maui is also famous for windsurfing. Hookipa Beach is also a world famous spot for windsurfers.