Surfing on Kauai

Surfing or hee nalu on Kauai is truly an unforgettable experience. From gentle, beginner waves at Kealia, Anini, Poipu and Kalapaki beaches to huge surf breaks on the North Shore (in winter), or the West Side (in summer), Kauai attracts some of the best surfers in the world. This is a surfing paradise with extraordinary beauty as a backdrop.

Originating in Polynesia, surfing was brought to Hawaii in its earliest history and reserved for royalty (alii) only. It was considered the Sport of Kings. Surfing’s popularity grew tremendously in the 20th century and spread world-wide thanks, in part, to famous Hawaiian surfer Duke Kanahamoku.

Surfing is all about having fun riding waves. Before getting started take a lesson. You should be able to swim and feel comfortable in the water. If you have this down, with the right location, good equipment, an understanding of the rules of the water and inherent dangers involved in surfing, you’ll be up and riding waves in no time!

Chose locations with a lifeguard and ask them about the day’s conditions before entering the water.