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The most remote island chain in the world, the Hawaiian archipelago is an epicenter for all things rare. Isolated and super-charged with mana, theses islands harbor unique plant species, ancient Polynesian customs and some of the most outstanding waves in the world.

Kauai, the oldest of all Hawaiian islands, stands out amongst the rest when it comes to surfing. Time has allowed tough crustaceans and volcanic rock to dissolve into soft, white sand beaches that fringe the lush land. The inviting beaches provide an irresistible gateway to the salty waters. Upon these pristine shorelines, swell from thousands of miles away flawlessly rolls into successions of surfable waves for all levels.

Recommended Surf Schools

Kauai Beach Boys

Kalapaki Beach
3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI, 96766
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 808-246-6333

Poipu Beach Surf School

Poipu Beach
2100 Hoone, Koloa, HI 96756
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 808-652-9590

Kauai Surf Schools

About Surfing On Kauai

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, Kauai has a wave for you. The impeccable combination of elements creates world-class waves and learning rollers. While the North Shore harbors advanced waves, the South Shore may be better suited for beginners, depending on the season. One aquatic aspect is constant, however: Kauai’s waves are powerful. As alluring as the waters may seem, their force is not to be underestimated.

Avid surfers from all over the world come to ride the powerful, challenging waves of Kauai’s North Shore. The late Andy Irons, three time world surfing champion, was born and raised upon Kauai’s righteous waves. The unrelenting dynamism of North Shore swell bestowed him with a world-class training ground. Taking his home-learned and hard-earned skills across the aquamarine globe, Kauai was put on the map as a spot to test one’s ability, resiliency and, most importantly, respect.

Agility Training

Surfing is more than a sport. It is a way of life. Connection with the elements, humility and respect are developed tools for a seasoned surfer. Knowing when to go out and when to stay on shore is critical. To Hawaiians, the ocean is a spiritual body of source, an element to be revered for its undeniable power. It provides sustenance, transportation, insight and eternal truth.

Ancient Hawaiians surfed for sport, for leisure, but ultimately for connection. A frequented pastime for the Ali’i, or royal Hawaiian family, surfing was a sacred act. They intentionally harvested special trees for their surfboards or canoes and always prayed their gratitude for the ocean before entering. They knew the power of the ocean, and although they were regaled members of society, they honored the ocean as a mightier source.

Be Safe While Surfing!

“When in doubt, don’t go out,” is a popular phrase on Kauai. It is stated as a reminder to respect both the ocean and our own intuition. While the ocean may seem inviting, it can also be deceiving.

For your safety, please heed these practices:

  • Always observe the ocean before entering.
  • Look to see if others are in the water.
  • If no one else is out, don’t go out.
  • Only swim/surf/snorkel in areas where a lifeguard is present.
  • Ask the present lifeguard about current ocean conditions.
  • Respect the ocean and the beach, please pack out what you brought in.
  • Stay hydrated and protected, the sun is powerful also!
  • Have fun, soak it up, you’re in paradise!
Kauai beach safety