Surfing on Oahu

Surfing was literally the "Sport of Kings" in Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiian royalty showed off their surfing skills on Waikiki Beach and other surf spots around Oahu. In the early 20th century, legendary surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, who grew up in Waikiki, introduced the sport to the world. In the 50's, the North Shore's Waimea Bay is widely regarded as the birthplace of big wave surfing.

Whether you want to watch the surfers carve up the waves or you want to hang ten on a longboard for yourself, Oahu is the perfect place to get your feet wet and experience surfing. You can take a surfing lesson on Waikiki Beach and various beaches around Oahu or you can take a drive to the North Shore during the winter and watch pro surfers from around the world ride Hawaii’s most famous waves.