Learn to Surf in Hawaii

Hawaii is known as the birthplace of modern surfing, so there’s no better place to take a lesson and try your hand at the “sport of kings.” Surfing lessons typically last 1-2 hours and are taught by experienced surfers on Hawaii’s gentle surf breaks.

The gentle breaks of Waikiki Beach make this one of the best places in the world to learn how to surf. Take a lesson from an authentic Waikiki Beach Boy at one of the seaside booths along Kuhio and Waikiki Beaches. They’ve been teaching surfing and outrigger canoeing in Waikiki for generations.

North ShoreOahu
The legendary North Shore is where veteran surfers and beginners alike can discover the perfect wave. Winter waves reach thirty feet and more but in the summer months, the surf is far more gentle, and even first-timers can learn to “walk on water.”

Lahaina and KiheiMaui
In sunny West Maui, surf schools in Lahaina will get you up on your feet and steer you away from the reef. Launiupoko State Park, just south of Lahaina offers easy reef waves perfect for beginners. Further south of Lahaina, the beaches of Kihei also feature smaller waves perfect for your first ride.

The lush “Garden Isle” of Kauai also offers opportunities to learn how to surf. During the winter, you can see the pros surf the big waves off of Hanalei Bay, but closer to shore you’ll find calmer breaks perfect for first timers.

If you’re on Kauai’s south shore you can also take a surf lesson at sunny Poipu Beach, which was once voted one of the best beaches in America.

Kahaluu Beach Park, Hawaii’s Big Island
Just south of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) on Alii Drive is Kahaluu Beach Park, sometimes called “Turtle Beach,” because of the honu (green sea turtles) that frequent its waters. For those staying in Kona, this is a popular spot to take a beginning surfing lesson during calm surf conditions just beyond the snorkeling lagoon.