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Famous Hawaiian Surf Spots

If there is one sport that is to be closely associated with any one place, it has to be surfing and Hawaii. Ancient Hawaiians have long been credited with inventing surfing, riding the waves around the isolated islands that were discovered hundreds of years ago. Surfing plays an integral role in the day-to-day lives of locals, and many of the most famous surfers, both today and throughout history, hail from Hawaii. On each island, there is a legendary surf spot, where the waves break perfectly, and draw surfers from around the world. Finding these famous Hawaiian surf spots is easy, and when the waves are up, is an incredible site to see.

Oahu features the most well known breaks in Hawaii, and the legendary beaches along the North Shore host annual surf competitions during the winter months. Thanks to these breaks, some of the best surfers in the world have mastered the sport, and brought countless titles to the islands. John John Florence, Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, and Carissa Moore are just a few of the surfers who have contributed to the sport, and helped to make the surf beaches legendary.

Oahu’s most famous surf beaches include:

  • Waimea Bay
  • Banzai Pipeline
  • Sunset Beach
  • Waikiki Beach

Of course, Oahu isn’t the only island that features amazing surf spots. One of the most treacherous, and biggest, surf breaks in the world is on Maui at Pe’ahi, or Jaws, and along with the famous breaks around the island, shows off the great surf on the Valley Isle.

Maui’s famous surf spots include:

  • Jaws (Pe’ahi)
  • Honolua Bay
  • Olowalu
  • Ma’alea
  • Ho’okipa

On the Big Island and Kauai, the surf spots aren’t as well known, though these islands still feature great locations for surfing. They may not be considered legendary spots in the surf world, but Hawaiians have been riding these breaks for as long as the sport has been around, and give locals a place to ride the waves.

Big Island’s best surf spots include:

  • Banyans
  • Pine Trees
  • Lymans
  • Kahalu’u
  • Honoli’i

Top surf breaks on Kauai include:

  • Anahola Bay
  • Hanalei Bay
  • Nawiliwili Bay
  • Hanapepe
  • Kekaha

Visitors to the islands enjoy surf lessons at protected coves and on gentle waves that are perfect for beginners. A day on the water will make you feel like a pro, and once you’ve ridden your first wave, you’ll be hooked. Always exercise caution when surfing and remember the rule: if in doubt, don't go out. Surf warnings are issued when waves become too big, and only experienced surfers should attempt to ride these giants. Just watching the best of the best ride huge winter surf swells is a treat.

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