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Oahu Surf Breaks

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.

Oahu's Top Surf Breaks:

 

Pipeline, ‘Ehukai Beach Park, Oahu
Pipeline is one of several breaks at ‘Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore. According to Tom Pohaku Stone, “‘ehukai” means, “red sea spray,” due to the red dirt runoff from the river mouths when it rains. The name Pipeline emerged in the early 1960s when surf film creator Bruce Brown filmed California surfer Phil Edwards charging the break. At the time there was construction to repair an underground pipeline and the California surfers premiered the name in Brown’s movie, Surfing Hollow Days. Click here for directions from Waikiki Shore to Ehukai Beach Park.
 

Waimea Bay, Oahu

If conditions are right, the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational takes place at Waimea Bay, when big wave surfers from around the world await to surf waves 30 to 50 feet in height. “To go out even when you are afraid and conquer your fear is an amazing feeling,” says Kala Alexander, who competed in the last invitational held in 2009. “People always ask me how long I have to hold my breath when I wipe out on a big wave. As long as it takes.” Click here for directions from Waikiki Shore to Waimea Bay.

 

Queens, Waikīkī, Oahu

“Queen Lili‘uokalani’s beach house was right in front of the break, so they called it Queens!” Kelia Moniz expounds this fact proudly when asked about her favorite beach break. Moniz and her brothers were raised on Waikīkī beach, surfing from dawn to dusk while their parents ran surf lessons for the tourists. As the daughter of big wave rider Tony Moniz, Kelia knows her stuff in and out of the water. “Legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku grew up surfing this exact spot,” she says. “Duke was one of the original Waikīkī beach boys. He trained to become an Olympic swimmer and taught those from California and Australia how to surf.” Every summer, Queens is the site of the Duke’s Ocean Fest, where all water activities imaginable are held and Duke’s legend is celebrated. Click here for directions from Waikiki Shore to Queens, Waikiki.
 

Sandy’s, Oahu

Sandy Beach, or Sandy’s, is home to countless body surfing and bodyboarding competitions, is a prime cruising spot for locals, and is comprised of 1,200 feet of dangerous sand. According to local lifeguards, Sandy’s has more injuries than all other beaches combined. Ancient Hawaiians referred to the area as Wawamalu or Awawamalu, meaning “shady gulch” or “shady valley.” Aerielist Rex Moribe, who won several bodyboard contests at Sandy’s, says, “The shorebreak looks inviting, however, if you are not highly experienced, you’ll pay the consequences by getting hurt, or maybe worse, losing your swimwear.” Click here for directions from Waikiki Shore to Sandy's Beach.

 

Waikiki Shore offers Waikikis only beachfront condominiums and is the perfect place to stay while you enjoy the Oahu, birthplace of big wave surfing. Within Honolulu Castle Resorts and Hotels also offers Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hokele Suites Waikiki and Pacific Marina Inn Airport.


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