Surprising as it may seem, in ancient times surfing was restricted to individuals of royal descend. Gradually this sport became so popular that it surpassed the cultural or religious boundaries, growing to be known today as a fundamental feature of Hawaiian culture, available to the pleasure of the rest of the world.
Hawaii surf, just as any other sport dependent on weather, should be practiced in certain periods of the year. The best season for thundering waves is between November and March, caused by the storms from Alaska. The shores you should be exploring are those from the North of Oahu’s and Hookipa Beach. The other season characterized by classic waves for lower amounts of adrenaline, is in the summer between June and October. Thee South Pacific waves are created by tropical storms all across Waikiki Beach and Poipu Beach (Kauai) about which they say they are perfect for “boogie boarding”(body boarding).
Hawaii surf is respected by having been appointed a center of interaction for all those who want to get closer to the cultural significance of surfing. This place is called Haleiwa which is swarmed with tourist surfers, eager to catch “the big one” from Sunset Beach. Surfing breaks that should not be missed are Banzai Pipeline – famous for its crests and Sunset Rip – where international competitions are arranged.
But let’s not overlook the beginners or the first comers for Hawaii surf. They will most likely be enticed to take part to this special show of rising waters. Waikiki Beach is the most common option not only for its favorable waves but also for the training schools available in the area (with both group lessons and private ones) . Equally suitable are Kauai and Kalapaki Beach. The waves maybe small – approximately 2feet – but this is just a starting point. The pleasure you get from riding on a surfboard will only open your appetite for more risk, developing the Hawaii surf addiction.
For those who long for diversity, wind surfing can be practiced at Hookipa Beach in the North or body surfing across the South East of Oahu and Lahaina Harbour or kite-boarding along Kailua in the East.
In order to consider yourself a professional, skilled surfer you need to have experienced Hawaii surf. It is a point of reference on account of its quality waves and swells, most of them located on the North shore. Nature puts on a real spectacle when waves reach as high as 10 to 30 feet, not necessarily recommended to the trainees, unless it is admired from the beach.
Hawaii surfing may become a crowded and expensive activity but if you
decide to try it, the delight and excitement given by the powerful reefbreaks
and pipelines will compensate for any mild distress.