Like modern surfers, the ancient Hawaiians recognized the value of good surf. Although now etched in the popular psyche as an integral piece of Hawaiian lore, surfing’s place in Hawaiian culture has swelled and receded throughout history. From a necessity and spiritual expression to a nearly-extinct pastime to today’s incarnation as a wildly popular lifestyle, the “sport of kings” has endured for thousands of years. With an irresistible combination of idyllic beaches and year-round trade winds, Kauai summons both aspiring and inspiring surfers. Newbies flourish on the amiable south side, where summer months gift consistent swells and plenty of surf schools help cultivate sea legs. Here, Poipu’s and Kalapaki’s beginner-friendly waves nurture even the wobbliest of future big Kahunas. Marine mavericks, however, often crave the challenges found up north–Hanalei Bay is a world-famous favorite that draws large crowds both in and out of the water. When big wave season hits in November, boarders take to the water while spectators get secondhand thrills from the comfort of its 2-mile long sandy shore. With a variety of beaches serving up conditions–and incomparable beauty–for everyone, there’s no end in sight to surfing’s reign on Kauai.
You can feel the exhilaration of surfing yourself by taking a surfing lesson of your own on Kauai’s shores. Experienced instructors will take you to safe breaks and get you on your feet during lessons that last between 1-2 hours. Experience for yourself why surfing is the “Sport of Kings.”
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