Travel Guide: Surfing in Hawaii

Once limited to Hawaiian royalty, surfing was considered the sport of kings. The sport’s popularity eventually spread across the globe, and today is practiced practically anywhere waves are available. However, as the sport’s birthplace, Hawaii is popular with professionals, amateurs and even children as a surfing hot spot. Surfing lessons are easy to find, and there are a number of variations on the sport appropriate for thrill seekers. From big wave surfing, to kite surfing and windsurfing, the waves in Hawaii are the ideal place to get started. In this video, checks out a few different types of surfing available in Hawaii.

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The Sport of Kings

Historically popular with and exclusive to Hawaiian royalty, surfing has deep roots in this island state. The sport has since spread throughout the globe, and today Hawaii is known as one of the world’s premiere surfing destinations. Attracting professionals, amateurs and even children to test the waves, Hawaii also offers a variety of surfing lessons for beginners.

Big Wave Surfing

Known to many as the birthplace of big wave surfing, Hawaii attracts professional surfers from all over the globe to take on the big swells of winter. Many surfing competitions are held off the shores of Hawaii, and a few of its surfing spots are suggested for professionals only.

Kite Surfing

Kite surfing is another form of this popular pastime. The use of a kite adds extra power for the surfer, and allows them to perform acrobatics in the air.


Located in Maui is the windsurfing capital of the world, and this is another popular variation on surfing. A combination of surfing and sailing, windsurfing uses a sail to propel sailors. Ho’okipa Beach is a world-renowned location for both kite surfers and windsurfers alike because of its strong winds and ideal waves.

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