Hawai‘i is the birthplace of surfing, and O‘ahu is home to some of the world’s greatest surfers. With miles of white sand beaches and tons of awesome surf locations on every side of the island, you needn’t to go far to discover why one of the world’s greatest places for surfing is on O‘ahu. Cruise along a gentle break on a longboard or shred on the North Shore tubes. Learn how to surf in O‘ahu in one the sheltered bays. Whatever your skill level, you can catch the perfect wave on O‘ahu.
O‘ahu Surf Spots
For beginners, the Canoes and Queens breaks at Waikīkī Beach are hands-down the best place to learn how to surf in O’ahu. Diamond Head Lighthouse has great consistent waves, but can get blown out on windy days. Also on the south shore is Tonggs, an all-around nice break with a fast right. The seven-mile stretch of O‘ahu’s famous North Shore is home to several international surf competitions. Here’s the best year-round North Shore O’ahu surf spots: Sunsets is one of O‘ahuʻs most awesome breaks and has amazing triple overheads, as does nearby Laniākea. For the most expert in the pro surf community, Pūpūkeas, the famous Banzai Pipeline, and Rocky Point are all along the same reef that makes these massive barrels possible.
Hawai‘i Surfboard Rentals, Quality Surfboards Hawai‘i, and Surf Bruddahs, all in Honolulu, all have full lines of rental surfboards and free islandwide delivery. Go Nutz Hawai‘i in Hale‘iwa is the best surf shop on the North Shore and has a huge rental inventory. Kailua Beach Adventures in Kailua has a well-stocked rental inventory and exceptionally reasonable rates.
O’ahu Surfing Lessons
There’s tons of surf schools on O‘ahu, so here’s our top picks: Sunset Suzy’s Surf Camps and Lessons in Hale‘iwa provides excellent instruction for all ages. An O’ahu surf instructor for over 20 years, Suzy will have you riding the waves in no time! Suzy is also a professional lifeguard, so you’re in good hands. Longboard surfing champion Kai Salas owns and operates an excellent surf school at the Waikīkī Beach Marriot and his instructors are some of the best around.
Make the Break
Whether you want to stand up on a surfboard (or try SUPing) for the first time or charge a watery mountain, O‘ahu surfing has what you’re looking for. Get ready to make the break today by contacting our O‘ahu surfing experts at ILoveHawaii.com.