Top five Hawaii beaches for surfing

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Love to surf? There are few places in the world as conducive to this exciting sport than the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii. The scenery, the surf breaks, the beaches, the weather and the beach culture make Hawaii the perfect locations for riding the waves. But which Hawaii beaches are the best for surfing? According to Hawaii Travel Now, the Top 5 beaches for surfing in Hawaii are:

North Shore of Oahu:

1. Ehukai Beach Park, home of the Banzai Pipeline. When it’s “cranking,” the surf can also be the most dangerous and spectacular in the world. During spring and summer, things are calmer, and beginners can enjoy sandbar type surfing. Other times of they year, beware, Ehukai is known for lots of broken bones.

2. The Laniakea, also known as Lani or Turtle Beach, has consistent waves and is very popular with locals. You might even catch a free surf lesson. It’s also a great place to see sea turtles, and, during season, to shoot video of famous surfers doing their thing:

3. The Backyards, known for large and fast waves, is not for beginners. It’s more secluded than others too. Turn left off of Kamehameha Hwy. into Oopuola St. Park somewhere at the end of the street before the street starts to turn right. Follow the path to the beach.

4. The legendary Sunset Beach is one of the best-known of the surfing beaches on the North Shore of Oahu. This is the home of world-class surfing and international competitions. With waves up to 20 feet, the Sunset Rip thrills surfers and fans alike. Not a place for beginners.


5. Hookipa. Unlike the other four beaches on this list – all of which are on the famous North Shore of Oahu, the Hookipa is on the North Shore of Maui. This beach has consistent waves but gets windy as the day goes on. Best time for beginners to surf is the morning.

Here is where you will find these great Hawaiian surfing beaches:

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For those in the know, tell us what you think of this list. Any other suggestions?

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