Are you planning a trip to Hawaii? If so, you’re probably planning to enjoy lots of local favorites and tourist attractions while you’re here, including snorkeling, swimming, shopping, etc. There are tons of fun excursions and experiences to be had in Hawaii, but have you thought about learning to surf? It’s an incredible way to immerse yourself into the local culture while also having a blast on the water.
What is surfing?
If you don’t know what surfing is, here is a brief explanation:
One of the best ocean activities to experience, surfing is a water sport where you ride the waves toward shore while standing (or laying!) on a surfboard.
It is not only considered a popular pastime in Hawaii, but it also has a deep history and connection with the Hawaiian culture. In ancient Hawaii Surfing is known as the “Sport of Kings”. Want to learn more about the history of surfing? Read our blog post here!
“Surfing sounds fun, but I don’t think I have what it takes to be good at it.” We hear that a lot but the truth is, nobody is great at it when starting out. Even the greatest surfers that ever lived had to go through the the learning stages to become good surfers. With proper instruction everyone can learn to surf and enjoy the breathtaking thrill and freedom of riding waves!
Don’t feel comfortable standing on the board? No problem! There are different surf lesson levels. During beginner surf lessons, you’ll first learn by laying on the board. If you don’t want to stand up, you don’t have to. Sit back, relax, and ride the waves however you’re most comfortable.
What to wear
When you sign up for surf lessons, it’s important that you are prepared with the right clothing. When you learn to surf, you want to wear a bathing suit or swim clothes that are comfortable and properly fitted.
Keep in mind that you will fall off the board occasionally, which may result in wardrobe malfunctions. Don’t wear clothing that doesn’t fit properly and securely cover your body. Rashguards are also highly recommended for any skin irritation from laying on the board as well as protecting your skin from the harmful rays from the Sun. Sunscreen is a must when ever you go into the sun!
Please note: there is scientific research that suggests sunscreen is extremely harmful to the ocean’s reefs and its wildlife. Therefore, Hawaii has banned all Sunscreens with reef damaging chemicals while surfing or swimming in the ocean. Be sure to use reef friendly sunscreens. A rashguards will also help keep your skin from burning for the duration of the session.
Surf in Hawaii
So what do you think? Surfing sounds pretty simple, huh? That’s because it is!
Grab your towels and swimsuits and head on over the SurfNSea, the famous North Shore surf shop on the beach! We offer plenty of ocean activities, including surfing, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, kayaking, and more!
Contact us and book your surf lesson today!