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Although Waikiki and the North Shore of Oahu are legendary surf spots, Maui has its own share of famous beach to experience the “sport of kings.”
To watch pro surfers in action, head to Honolua Bay and Hookipa Beach near Lower Paia during winter big wave season. 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 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. Maui is also famous for another form of surfing: windsurfing. Hookipa Beach on Maui's northern shore is considered the windsurfing capital of the world.
No matter which style of surfing you want to try, lessons are highly recommended for your safety and the safety of your fellow beachgoers and surfers.
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