Out of all of the landmasses on the planet, Hawaii is the only one that is the most isolated. For many people, this translates into 'groundswell' for great surfing conditions.
The currents in the Pacific Ocean churn in multiple directions, and this helps to create storms, fetch and winds that ultimately gives the islands the waves that people travel from around the world to enjoy. If you have never been to Hawaii and you want to know the best places for getting wet, the following guide will provide the information you need to know.
However, it is important to note that not every place with great waves is listed below. Why? They are not listed for many reasons. For example, Kauai is already internationally known as a great place to surf, but due to respect, which is a key part to Hawaii's surfing experience, not everyone can handle the conditions of the ocean in Kauai.
With that said, surfers of all skill levels are welcomed in Hawaii. So, without further ado, the following is a breakdown of some of the best surfing beaches on the islands in no particular order.
Laniakea Surfing – Oahu (North Shore)
On the northern side, Lanai can be best described as being a freight train that is can be used to connect at least four distinct sections within a very long ride. Although this side of the island is known for producing deep water waves, they still roll well with the right conditions.
Also, the waves are very consistent with almost any type of swell with some north in it. Unfortunately, the waves do not work with west swells.
This area is one of the best places in Hawaii for tourists to 'blend in' with the locals. The 'city' crowd that comes to the area from Honolulu really enjoy this wave, so there will always be a different crowd in the water.
Hookipa – Paia, Maui
Located between Paia and Haiku are the most consistent waves on Maui. It just so happens that this location doubles as one of the best spots for windsurfing in the world. The different peaks are able to be seen along the Hana Highway from the bluff.
The most hierarchical spot on the island is the pavilions, and this is on the far eastern side. There is also a range of skill that can be found among the other peaks, but surfers must remember to maintain respect.
One thing to keep in mind is that this area is really exposed to the winds, so you must get out before the wind does if you are looking to conquer these waves. You can also embrace the waves again in the afternoon once the Kona winds arrive.
Velzyland – Oahu (North Shore)
With all other areas considered, Velzyland is considered to be one of the more riskier areas on the list. A barrel, a dense localized pack, shallowness and a very sharp reef are all features that can create a very serious surfing experience on the North Shore. The open barrel is wide and unbelievable, but caution must be exercised due to the crowd factor and the sharp reef.
These are just some of the many top surfing beaches in Hawaii. With caution and respect, you can tackle these waves like a pro in no time.