Every year, Oahu hosts some of the world’s most prestigious surfing competitions including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Due to Hawaii’s geographically isolated landmass, the groundswell (waves generated far off the coast) produces breaking waves that attracts surfers from all around the globe.
The Birthplace of Surfing
In Hawaii, surfing is believed to be the “Sport of Kings”. It’s been said that ancient Hawaiian royalty would show off their surfing skills on the beach of Waikiki and on other surf spots in Oahu. In the early 20th century, Waikiki’s Duke Kahanamoku who was also a legendary surfer and Olympic swimmer, introduced surfing to the world.
In the 1950s’, Waimea Bay in North Shore, Oahu became known as the birthplace of big wave surfing.
The Capital of Modern Surfing
Today, advanced and beginner surfers flock to Oahu to ride the island’s world-class waves. With the multitude of surfing competitions held in various pristine surf spots all over the island, it is no doubt that Oahu, Hawaii is deemed as the capital of modern surfing.
If you wish to ride the waves on the island’s top surfing destinations, we’ve listed down a few.
- Sunset Beach – Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Sunset Beach attracts surfers year after year. But don’t take the name lightly, Sunset beach may be as calm as a sunrise during summer months, but in the winter, its waves are not for the lighthearted surfing enthusiasts.Sunset’s waves, which can swell up to over 20 feet can turn very fast and hollow as it emerges. The thick waves also wall up quickly from deep water prompting even experienced surfers avoid getting bashed around the beach’s shallow reef.
- Laniakea – North Shore, Oahu is home to many of the world’s biggest, most impressive waves. Laniakea, one of North Shore’s best surfing destination, arguably has the best point break on the coastline. Laniakea’s deep water waves attracts Honolulu’s local surfers.Tourists wanting to blend in with the crowd, head on to Laniakea as well.Beginners and pro surfers alike are advised to take caution with Lani’s strong currents and nearly exposed reef bottom. Aside from surfing, Laniakea is also home to many of the island’s sea turtles and attracts many turtle watchers every year.
Other renowned surfing spots in Oahu are Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline, Castles, Canoes, and Ala Moana Bowls. If you want to take surfing lessons to experience Oahu’s famous waves, they are offered at Waikiki Beach and in various beaches around the island.
Oahu Island is not only a place for surfers and water sports enthusiasts. Aside from its great beaches and resorts, the island also boasts of its world-renowned attractions and scenic spots. Tour with us and we will take you to the best destinations in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor Website offers a variety of Group Tours, Private Tours and Island Hopping Tours options that will definitely make your Hawaiian vacation a memorable experience.
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