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Our Hawaiian Surfing Adventure

Our Hawaiian Surfing Adventure

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.

Amy learning how to surf

Our instructor Dan teaching Amy the surfer stance.

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:

  1. Paddle on your stomach and catch a wave.
  2. Raise from your stomach and onto your knees.
  3. Get in a crouching position and find your balance.
  4. Stand up! Then ride the wave.
  5. 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.

Hawaiian Surf Adventure Staff

The two of us with Dan, Trace and Jay of Hawaiian Surf Adventure.

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.

10 Comments

  1. Posted August 13, 2011 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Looks like loads of fun! Way to go Kieron for catching that wave! I usually fall shortly after standing up.

    • Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      We usually did too! Got a bit lucky on that one though and managed to keep my balance while the camera was on! 🙂

  2. Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I’ve had surfing on my list of things to learn for awhile…but I guess I would need to learn how to swim first LOL!

    • Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Haha the board acts a giant flotation device so you should be ok! I’m pretty sure they can give you a life vest too if you’re that worried about it. So when you’re in the right spot, go on and do it!

  3. Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    haha great video! Looks like a lot of fun. Definitely on my to-do list 😀

  4. Posted August 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Nice!! Kieron, you have SKILLS!

    • Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Lauren – the video makes my skills look way better than they actually were! 🙂

  5. Posted August 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    You make it look easy! and fun =)

  6. Posted January 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, your post is really making me want to take a trip out to Hawaii and surf. Love, love surfing, and I mean, what better place than to do it where the father of surf was from, Duke Kahanamoku.
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