Oahu surfing fans and observers flock to Oahu’s famous beaches every year for the best waves in the world. During Hawaii’s warm winter season, November – March, storms in the North Pacific create gigantic waves on the north and western shores.
The best place to learn how to surf Oahu waves is Waikiki. For lessons, go early to Aloha Beach Service, next to the Sheraton Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki (808-922-3111).
More experienced surfers should drop in on any surf shop around Oahu, or call the Surf News Network Surfline (808-596-SURF) to get the latest surf conditions. The Cliffs, at the base of Diamond Head, is a good spot for advanced surfers; 4 – 6 foot waves churn here, allowing high-performance surfing.
Oahu’s North Shore is the home of the world’s largest professional surfing competitions. If you’re in Hawaii in winter and want to catch some serious surf action, bring your binoculars and grab a front-row seat on the beach near Kalalua Point. To get here from Waikiki, take the H-1 toward the North Shore, veering off at H-2, which becomes Kamehameha Highway (Hwy. 83). Keep going to the surf town of Haleiwa and Waimea Bay; the big waves will be on your left, just past Pupukea Beach Park.