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Surf’s Always Up Here

Once reserved for island royalty only, Hawaii’s original sport, Surfing, or “hee nalu,”  is now accessible to all.

In the early 20th century, legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku introduced the sport to the world at large. In the 1950s, the North Shore's Waimea Bay became the birthplace of big wave surfing. You can watch the pros navigating the big ones between November and February when many competitions are held.

If you want to give surfing a try, you can take lessons on almost every island. Lessons usually run between 1-2 hours and are taught by experienced surfers in gentle breaks on longboards to make it easier for first-timers to get up and ride their first wave.

Hang ten!

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"Surfing is a sport and a way of life. There is no better place for it than Hawaii. So many breaks to choose from, so many waves to ride."

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