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The Oahu surf is perhaps the most famous surf in the world.


Surfing on Oahu has a quite different connotation to most people than surfing on any of the other Hawaiian Islands.


There is no question that Oahu surfing has been much more famous over the years probably because of the large surfing events that are held there.


Oahu's North Shore provides some of the very biggest surf in the world, often in excess of 50', and the has over time drawn the very best names in surfing from all over the world to compete in these huge Oahu surfing contests.


Even the casual "arm chair" surfers are familiar with the immense Oahu surf simply by watching TV and almost everyone is familiar with the surf breaks named Pipeline, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach.


These surfing locations are carved into the surfing lexicon with images of fearless surfers challenging the mightiest waves in the world.



  • Don't for a minute believe however that Oahu doesn't have waves that are suitable for all types of surfers including beginner surfers looking for Oahu surf lessons. Generally speaking the big surf you read about is only found on Oahu's North Shore and only during the winter months. The surf on the North Shore in the summer months can in fact be great surf for those not as skilled as the surfing masters that come to ride the big surf in the winter surfing contests. And some day in the winter are also suitable for beginner surfing as these giant waves only come in periodically.

  • The Oahu surf on its south shores such as off the coast of Waikiki is almost always much smaller and is incredibly consistent throughout the year and is mostly suitable as a surfing location at all times of the year. This Oahu surf found in Waikiki is also famous as well as this was the training grounds for many of the pioneers of the sport of surfing such as Duke Kahanamoku the famous Hawaii waterman, surfer and Olympic champion. These gentle waves off Waikiki are some of the very best in the world to learn on as they fill the waters off the shoreline with perfect size waves that have a seemingly endless surf break from hundreds of yards of shore in the shallow areas along the coast.

  • Waikiki and other areas, particularly along the southern shores, are where you will find the majority of surfing schools giving instructions for their Oahu surfing lessons. Sometimes you will meet the surfing instructors right on the beach but most often they will arrange to pick you up at your Waikiki hotel and take you to the best surfing spots of the day. Obviously every surfing day is different and ideal surfing locations for surfing lessons will vary so these surf schools have the luxury of taking you to the best waves on any specific day.

  • The actual process of learning to surf is actually fairly easy, particularly on the larger foam boards that are often used in these lessons and it is not at all unusual to have you standing up on your board and surfing on your very first surf lesson. Most of the time your surf instructors will begin by giving you instructions on the beach with your board on the sand but will shortly thereafter take you out into the surf breaks where the real surfing will take place. These surfing instructors have very often been professional surfers on the surfing circuit but they are all professional in the sense of teaching surfing lessons as their occupation. They realize that surfing may seem intimidating to the beginner surfers and they are very patient and extremely encouraging and are almost always able to coax the beginner into a position of being able to stand up on a couple waves for a surf ride into the shoreline.

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This lesson is suitable for first time and beginner surfers between the ages of 3 and 80 years old. It will include a land lesson, safety and water etiquette, and a lesson customized to your skill and…

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Stand up paddling is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the lush landscape of Oahu's North Shore. This lesson is suitable for first time and beginner stand up paddlers. We…

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$150.00

If you are an advanced or expert surfer who wants to challenge bigger waves on the North Shore, our instructor is available to act as your personal guide to several of the North Shore's premier waves,…

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$120.00

If you are an advanced or expert stand up paddler who wants to challenge bigger waves on the North Shore, our instructor is available to act as your personal guide to several of the North Shore's premier…

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$80.90 - $154.90

This is the most commonly booked package from Girls Who Surf. This lesson will include a land lesson plus water time for surfing add up to a half hour of transportation time. It is available in group,…

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$80.90 - $154.90

This is the newest package from Girls Who Surf. This one hour lesson will include a land class and water time, plan on up to half an hour for transportation. It is available for groups of up to 5 students.…

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$124.90

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Why lay down when you can stand up? This hour and a half lesson takes you on a down wind course along Kailua's pristine beach. Participants will learn the basic paddling strokes and the secrets to…

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$88.90

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Kailua is the water sports destination on Oahu, so what better place to go stand up paddling? Cruise along Kailua Bay's protected waters, visit offshore islands and miles of sandy beach, surf the seasonal…

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$137.90 - $415.90

Come learn how to stand up paddle board with our experienced watermen guides. Whether you are a beginner or a person that has been paddle boarding for years, let us take you on an experience that you will…

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Get all of the tips and pointers that will prove valuable during your surfing career. Advance everything from surf etiquette and standing on the board, to paddling into waves, and where to lineup. If you…

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$89.00 - $199.00

Your lesson will start with a 20 minute land lesson, where you will learn everything there is to know in order to surf for the first time. Learn about equipment, paddling technique, board positioning,…

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$175.00 - $225.00

Your day will start with an introduction of the North Shore's most famous surf spots, including Pipeline, Sunset, Waimea and Hale'iwa. After a tour of the coast, your professional surfer will decide…

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$150.00 - $250.00

The tour will start with a quick surf check along the coast to decide on the best spot to surf, depending on the conditions and swell. Your surf guide will be there every step of the way to assist with…

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$109.00 - $199.00

All lessons are taught at Ala Moana Beach Park in the flat, calm waters on the inside lagoon. Lessons start with a 20 minute land lesson, where you will learn about equipment, paddling techniques, board…

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$101.90 - $139.90

The Regular/Group lessons are designed to get you up and surfing waves immediately. Don't be surprised if you get up on the very first try. The private lessons are designed to be more in depth than the…

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$89.90

People of all ages are discovering Standup Paddling (SUP). Getting out in the water on a SUP board offers incredible fun, fitness, and relaxation. No prior experience is needed to enjoy this sport. This…

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$120.90

For one of the best experiences on Oahu, come paddle and snorkel the Waianae coast line. No crowds and a beautiful reef line, lava formations and schools of reef fish and sea turtles. Every tour starts…

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$179.00 - $269.00

From learning to progressing, from flat water to waves, Kailua has the best all around conditions of anywhere in Hawai'i. Located on Oahu's windward coast, the trade winds blow year round and can…

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$479.00 - $699.00

It takes the average person 3 lessons to have complete knowledge of this sport. If you want to learn how to kiteboard all at once, this is the package for you. Kailua Bay is one of the best areas to kiteboard…

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$119.00

This guided stand up paddle adventure in Kailua Bay gives you a new way to enjoy the water. Get a bird's-eye-view of the reef below while paddling and exploring beautiful Kailua Bay. Venture out to…

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$49.00 - $59.00

Stand up paddle boards are the hot new way to enjoy the water. Get a bird's-eye-view of the reef below while paddling and exploring the beautiful pristine waters of Hawaii. Rent a SUP from one of our…

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$89.00

Learn how to surf from a private location just off of the South Shore of Oahu. Board a private boat that will deliver you to a secluded surf spot, free of crowds, where you can catch your first wave. Friendly,…

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$25.00

Rent a surf board from one of our beachside trucks in Kailua Bay or pick it up from our shop and take it with you on your own adventure.

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Buttons Surf School

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Buttons Surf School offers you the unique opportunity to experience the world-famous North Shore with a company that was founded by one of Hawaii's own legendary surfers. Button's surf school has programs designed to accommodate surfers of all levels, with a focus on safety, fun and great waves. Buttons Kaluhiokalani was a Hawaiian surfer whose energy and radical maneuvers in the 70s made him an innovator of modern day surfing.
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Girls Who Surf

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If you think it might be a good idea to have your surf lesson taught to you by a beautiful girl, you might want to think about taking a lesson from Girls Who Surf. Actually, although most of the instructors they have are girls they do have some male instructors as well.
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Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks

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Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks is located on the windward side of Oahu about an half-hour drive from Waikiki. They provide a variety of kayak tours which are either guided or self-guided and they have an interesting kayak/boogie board option as well. In addition they offer instructions in the 'hottest' new ocean sport of 'stand-up paddling'.
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Keawe Adventures

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Keawe Adventures is a private island tour and activity guide service company. They officially opened their doors in 2008, and have been conducting tours state wide. They are a Hawaiian and veteran owned business that provides visitors and locals a unique experience in a private setting.
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Pro Surf School Hawaii

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Whether you are a first time or experienced surfer Pro Surf School Hawaii offers a fun, safe and rewarding learning experience for everyone. Owned and operated by a champion surfer, Kai Sallas. Growing up in Waikiki, Kai was taught how to surf at a young age on the rolling waves in the area by his father, who was one of the original Waikiki Beach Boys. His father has been teaching surfing for over 35 years, and that's where Kai gained his propensity for teaching his lifelong passion.
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West Oahu SUP

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West Oahu SUP and sport's mission is to be the premier ocean sport activity center on the Waianae Coast which is a beautiful coastline area where you will see nature at it's finest. This is the real country of Oahu. Away from the lights, noise of crowds from Waikiki and the North Shore.
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Windward Watersports

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If you are wanting to try any one of a number of water sports while visiting Oahu's windward side, a good choice for you would be Windward Watersports. Located in the town of Kailua just about 30 minutes from Waikiki, this Watersport shop will offer you a variety of Kayak tours, Surfing lessons, Stand-Up Paddle board lessons, and they specialize in a full range of Kite boarding lessons too.
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So if you're coming to Oahu, you might want to consider doing some surfing.

Or if you've got some kids, to bring the kids out and have them have a lesson and learn how to surf. After all, Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing, certainly the birthplace of Hawaiian big wave surfing. It's probably the most famous location in the world for surfing and has generated so many of the major, major, surfers that we have in the world. They come continuously here to compete in the large surf that we find in Hawaii, but particularly on the island of Oahu. It certainly could be said that, on the island of Oahu is where we really had ... This was the birthplace of the big surf on the north shore.

Before we get into actually surf lessons and that sort of thing, which is more available to general people coming and wanting to appreciate the surf that they can get involved in on a smaller level, let's just mention this for a moment because it's kind of unique timing actually, right now. The north shore is right here. This little stretch of beach line is one that you're probably familiar with Waimea Bay or Pipeline or Sunset Beach. These are popular names for big surf that comes in along this coast, and it happens during the winter season. Usually fairly flat in the summertime, but in the winter it's big. Right now, actually we're ... February 23rd right now, 2016. We're having a big swell this very moment. This is a Tuesday and we're expecting big things to possibly happen on Thursday. We'll see if anything happens by the 15th. Or excuse me, by the 25th of February.

But one event, a tournament that happens intermittently, is called the Eddie Aikau. It's named after a famous surfer, a famous lifeguard in Waimea Bay up here, who was also helped pioneer the big wave surfing up there. He died, unfortunately, trying to save the Hokule'a, I believe it was 1978. A Hawaiian canoe that was sailing to the South Pacific ran into some trouble, he took off on his surfboard to try to save the people, turned out that the boat was able to survive but he was lost at sea.

So there is this famous tournament that is held in his honor when the conditions exist. It's held between December 1st and the last day of February each year, but only on occasions when you have swells of 20 feet, which actually translate to maybe 30 foot faces, that happens continuously for a period of time. It has actually only occurred I believe eight times since it's beginning. So it's not held every year. But we're on the threshold right now of possibly having this happen this year. There's only a few more days left to the end of February but it looks like it might be happening then. We're probably gonna know not until the morning of Thursday. Decisions will be made based upon the heights of the waves at that time and what they anticipate the waves doing throughout the day. But probably on Thursday is gonna be the Eddie Aikau. We'll see what happens.

I think it's 28 major surfers are invited to this event. They've got something like 12 hours once they decree that it's gonna show up to come from wherever they are to show up on the north shore and participate. It's some of the most amazingly huge waves that you could ever see ridden. And these guys in this particular tournament have to actually paddle out through on their own steam. They can't use any other vessels to pull them into the surf, so it's got it's own specific set of rules. In any event, this is part of the lore and legend that has brought Oahu to some kind of a real famous place with regard to surfing. All the little kids that grow up here aspire to be surfers that are world class, and many of them do turn out to be that way.

But if you're coming to Hawaii and you're interested in doing some surfing, we have lots of surfing that can happen for you. We have lots of surf schools and lots of types of groupings. We can go from private to semi-private to more of a group lesson. But by and large what happens is, you'll sign up for a lesson which would be about two hours in length. You'll either meet at the beach or maybe you'll be picked up at your hotel and taken to an appropriate location. What you're looking for for beginner waves are smaller waves, obviously, but well formed and consistent, ones that can be done on most days. There are waves that are found throughout Oahu that are like that.

So they're gonna take you to the ... The company, the surf company's gonna take you to the location that's gonna be really the best for you that day. You'll probably start off on the beach. They'll have surfboards. A lot of the first part of your training is just gonna be on dry land, learning how to stand up and how to paddle through waves, how to jump up on the board appropriately, and kind of things that you do before you get out in the water. Then you're gonna be taken out into the water and you're gonna try your skills, your newly found skills, and see what you can do. Most people can get up really quickly. Children unbelievably do this really well, and it's great if you have kids to take them out for a beginner surf lesson when you're in Hawaii because it really instill ... They're kind of a natural at it. And once you, sort of like riding a Bicycle, once you can kind of do it you're good to go for many years and you just build on your skills.

But you're out there for the next hour or so with your instructor, going back and forth and continually going out and catching another wave. So that's the way it works. If you want to spend a little extra money, instead of having a group lesson, which may have six people in it or something like that, you can get into a semi-private, which is maybe just two people which is really nice, you got a lot of personal attention with your instructor, or you can do a private, and that would be just one on one, you're really learning how to do it.

So there are many different surf schools. Everybody's gonna be definitely qualified to assist you with these. Some of the surf schools actually have really famous surfers that are either a part of the staff or the owner of the surf school, and they're gonna be around to ... Sometimes you have to pay extra to get those guys, but they sort of spearhead the way their particular training is done, kind of like schools of surf.

That's a thing that's definitely available for you, the surfing on the island of Oahu. But in terms of surfing, you've also have other types of activities that are similar and related to surfing that are available for you on Oahu. There's windsurfing and kitesurfing. Those are generally held on this side of the island. Kailua where you got beautiful beaches, for one thing, but you've got wind that comes in a regular format so you can actually use it to your best advantage and go out here and do that.

And we also have the stand up paddling, and that's become a big thing really over the last 10 years. You can do that really on both sides of the island without a problem. It's usually a little bit easier if you're in really flatter conditions without any waves, without any winds. You've got these giant, giant surfboards, long ones and then very wide that you stand up, kind of flat-footed on a way, kind of straightforward, and you have a paddle, and you just kind of can work your way along. That usually doesn't take too long to learn that skill. It's something you could actually do as exercise throughout your life if you're near a place where you can be in water. That's a really, really good one. Very good for your core muscles and developing your shoulders and your arms. It's also a lot of fun. You see a lot just being up on these boards looking down at the coral heads or whatever below. You're right on top of the ocean. Kind of like a Kayak, but you're actually even higher so you get a little bit more of a visibility.

Anyway, these are the surfing activities and related activities to surfing that we have on Oahu. These are something you should probably consider and once again, particularly if you've got kids involved, they will love doing this. They will be developing a skill that they'll be able to use throughout the rest of their life.

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