Surfing and Hawaii. The two words just go together and it’s widely accepted that Oahu is a surfing mecca for amateurs and professionals alike.
So when the two of us booked our flights to Hawaii, we just knew that we had to take surfing lessons somewhere and experience Hawaii’s famous waves for ourselves. The calmer waves of Oahu’s South Shore were the perfect place for two beginners so we organized lessons with Hawaiian Surf Adventure.
The thing that drew us to Hawaiian Surf Adventure was the fact they were located well away from the aggressive crowds of Waikiki Beach. HSA operate their lessons in an exclusive surf spot that is only accessible via boat and the gentle 2-3 foot waves at the “Seconds” surf break were ideal for surfing lessons.
After catching The Bus from Waikiki Beach to Koko Marina Shopping Center, we checked in for our 9am lesson and were led onto a boat where our instructor Dan gave us a rundown on how to surf. There are 5 steps involved to surfing:
- Paddle on your stomach and catch a wave.
- Raise from your stomach and onto your knees.
- Get in a crouching position and find your balance.
- Stand up! Then ride the wave.
- Return to starting position.
Simple, huh? Now that we both knew how to surf, off we went to our private surf break and plunged into the waters of the Pacific Ocean for an hour of surfing. Within minutes, we both managed to stand up on waves and Kieron even had some time to give this shaka to the camera. Hell yeah!
Unfortunately not all our waves went that smoothly and we made sure we experienced a few small wipeouts as well to ensure we got the full surfing experience. In all seriousness though, this was an excellent location to have our first surfing adventure – our instructors were helpful, encouraging and entertaining and the small group size meant that we had plenty of chances to catch a wave.
By the time we got back on dry land, we were both exhausted! Surfing is also a great workout and by the end of our lesson the two of us were both suffering from “spaghetti arms”. If you wanna get strong, surfing is the sport for you.
The next time we come back to Hawaii, we’ll definitely be taking another surfing lesson and might even attempt to catch a wave or two on our own.
Disclaimer: We received complimentary surfing lessons from Hawaiian Surf Adventure. A huge thanks to Lisa, Trace, Dan and Jay who made our day an unbelievable experience. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.