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Surfing literally began as the "Sport of Kings" in Hawaii, when ancient Hawaiian royalty would show off their skills on Waikiki Beach and other surf spots around Oahu. In the early 20th century, legendary surfer, Olympic swimmer and Waikiki native Duke Kahanamoku introduced the sport to the world. He was one of the pioneers of the Waikiki Beach Boys, who earned their living teaching visitors how to surf and canoe at Waikiki Beach. In the 1950s, surfers started riding the huge waves in the North Shore's Waimea Bay, now widely regarded as the birthplace of big wave surfing. Oahu has many options for you to experience surfing, either by watching the pros on the major waves or by trying it out yourself on the gentler ones.


Learning How to Surf on Oahu 

If you’re ready to learn, the calm waters of Waikiki Beach are a great place to get your feet wet. You can still find real Waikiki Beach Boys showing visitors a great time and giving surfing lessons today. Sign up for a lesson at the seaside booths along Kuhio and Waikiki beaches. Some of these instructors have been teaching surfing and outrigger canoe paddling for generations. 

You'll find surf schools taught at gentler breaks in town at Ala Moana, the North Shore and various other spots around Oahu. Lessons run between 1-2 hours and are taught by more experienced surfers. Longboards are used to make it even easier for first-timers and a push from your instructor will help you get started. Lessons are highly recommended for your safety and the safety of your fellow beachgoers. 


Watching Big Wave Surfing on Oahu

To see the professional surfers in action, take a drive to the North Shore during the winter and watch surfers from around the world ride Hawaii’s most famous big waves. The North Shore’s legendary winter waves attract the best surfers in the world. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, considered the Super Bowl of surfing, is held on its shores every year in November and December at Waimea Bay, Haleiwa Beach and Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline).

"The Eddie" is considered the ultimate Hawaii big wave surfing event since it honors legendary Hawaiian waterman Eddie Aikau. Unlike other competitions, “The Eddie” does not have a set date, but rather, a holding period from December through February and occurs on one day only if the waves hit a face height of 40 feet or more. Since its inception in 1984, this invitation-only event has only been held a handful of times. The opening ceremony brings together surfers from around the world in celebration of the aloha spirit of Eddie Aikau, the legendary lifeguard of Waimea Bay and one of the best big wave riders in the world. He was a legend on the North Shore, and the phrase “Eddie would go” refers to how he pulled surfers out of the raging waters when no one else would—or could. Visit Waimea Bay and you’ll find Eddie’s memorial watching over the surfers as he did in life.

Note: Always heed warning signs about dangerous swells and currents, and be mindful of current conditions and your own abilities.

Video: Through the Eyes of Pro Surfer Keanu Asing

Hawaii native Keanu Asing, explores how growing up in Hawaii, with strong ties to family, friends and the ocean, influences his surfing. No matter where he travels around the world, Hawaii will always be his home.

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Hawaii Forest & Trail Oahu
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Hawaii Forest & Trail
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Let Hawaii Forest & Trail show you an authentic Oahu, utilizing our unparalleled land access and interpretive guiding approach to provoke authentic place-based experiences that illuminate the island’s unique regions through in-depth interactions with our nature and culture. Our Hawaii Oahu tours offer a different perspective.

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Tiki's Fresh Island Fish and Ocean Views
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Tiki's Grill & Bar
2570 Kalakaua Ave
in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Tiki's Grill & Bar features tastes of the Islands through a balance of American and Pacific-Rim fare for lunch and dinner, using fresh local produce & products. Tiki's offers lanai seating with beautiful sunset views of famous Waikiki Beach accompanied by nightly live entertainment and retro decor.

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Rainbow Lanai
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Rainbow Lanai
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
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This beautiful, casual dining restaurant is perfect for a leisurely breakfast or informal lunch or dinner, great family dining. Bountiful buffets are offered daily. Located in the Rainbow Tower.

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bills Waikiki
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bills | Waikiki
280 Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
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The fresh flavours of Sydney's stylish surf bars meet the relaxed island vibe of Hawaii at Australian restaurateur Bill Granger's all day casual eatery. Enjoy joyful, barefoot-from-the-beach dining with a menu inspired by the local tropical produce.

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Afternoon Tea
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The Veranda
5000 Kahala Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
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The Veranda is the hottest spot for the trendy Honolulu crowd as well as hotel guests searching for the place to see and be seen. Overlooking the beach, with a stunning contemporary alfresco area, the Veranda is Honolulu’s living room of the stars.

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Dining
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Hoku's
5000 Kahala Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
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Hoku's at The Kahala Hotel & Resort is heralded for its innovative fusion fare which melds Hawaiian, Asian, Mediterranean and European flavors. The restaurant’s twist on contemporary Island cuisine ensures that it is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii's best restaurants.

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Shop Polynesia
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The Hukilau Marketplace is your premier destination for shopping and stretching your legs during a day of sightseeing on the North Shore. Our shops filled with authentic Polynesian gifts and products will help you feel the Aloha spirit here in Hawaii.

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Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu Exterior View
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Hard Rock Cafe - Honolulu
280 Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Situated in the heart of Waikiki, Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu is conveniently located within walking distance to many resorts, shops, the Hawaii Convention Center, and iconic Waikiki beach. An open air venue which features veranda seating and a blue wave bar for a truly unique dining experience.

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Hawaii Surfboard Rentals
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Hawaii Surfboard Rentals
1901 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96826
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A mobile surfboard rental company in Waikiki serving Honolulu, Hawaii with free islandwide surfboard drop off and pick up since 2005. Our surfboard rentals are in excellent condition and renting at some of the best prices on the island. We rent paddle boards, car racks, coolers and beach chairs too!

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