The best surf spots for beginners on Oahu, Hawaii

The Hawaiian word for surfing is He’e Nalu, which means wave sliding. Oahu has surf spots geared towards all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing and trying to surf in Hawaii is a must-try experience for all visitors! This blog post will let you know the best surf spots for beginners on Oahu.

It is to be noted that there are two main seasons in Hawaii, which are the winter season and the summer season. The winter season runs from around November to Marts. This is where you can expect the largest swells of the year. Big surf competitions are being held though these months at North Shore. The summer season runs from around May to September. At this time of year South swells are more common, which means that the South and East side become the best place to surf.

You can find places to surf as a beginner throughout both seasons. There is always a spot for some fun surfing without being barreled by scary and huge waves. Waves don’t have to be big to be fun. It can even be fun to just sit on your surfboard and enjoy the beauty of the ocean without catching a single wave.

Best Surf Spots for Beginners on Oahu


Canoes is located right in the heart of Waikiki. This spot is most likely one of the most crowded beginner surf breaks on the island, but for a good reason. These waves are about as good as it gets for riding a Longboard. Here you will get long rides, consistent lefts and rights, and it is well spaced out. The is also deep underwater, so you don’t need to be scared of hitting any reef. You do have to watch out for other surfers, and make sure you aren’t in the way as you could potentially be hit by another surfer.

Where? Kalakaua Avenuue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815


Chun’s is well known as a Longboard spot because the wave breaks are thick and goes to the right. This surf spot is located on the north shore of Oahu. There spot is less less touristy. Instead of watching out for people you can spend time on watching out for fun waves to ride. There are numerous places to rent surf boards on the north Shore. Be aware that this spot is best for beginners in the summer as the swell is a lot bigger in the winter season.

Where? 61-507 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1338

Pua’ena Point

Pua’ena Point, also known as Haleiwa Beach Park. The spot has a long gentle breaking wave, which makes it a perfect spot for beginners. It can be a little busy on the weekends, but it is still nothing compared to Waikiki beach. Haleiwa town is right by the beach park and there are many options for surfboard rental.

Where? Kahalewai Pl, Haleiwa, HI 96712


What surfboard should I use?

If you are new to surfing it is a good idea to choose a longer-size board or a board with more floatation. These are called Longboard or soft top surfboards. The good thing about these boards is that they are wide, stable and makes it easy to catch waves even on small days.

Pro surfers make it look so easy to ride a short board, but the reality is that it is extremely difficult and it takes a lot of practice. Choosing a long board will help you learn the basics. I promise you that it will be fun!

Surf Lessons

Have you never tried to surf before? Or do you want to improve your skills? Then you might consider taking a few surf lessons. There are many options located around Oahu and price vary depending on class size, amount of hours and where you decide to do it.

Surfboard Rental

If you feel confident going out without surf lessons (or if you just want to save some money) then you can choose to rent a surfboard. There are surfboard rentals all around the island. Prices vary depending on how long you desire to rent the board for.

If you decide to surf in Waikiki, I can personally recommend renting your surfboard from Moku Hawaii. It is a great surfboard rental and there store is located close to Waikiki’s surf spots. Here you can rent a board for $10 an hour. The staff are always super helpful and you can almost always expect a good laugh when going visiting.

Find it here: 2446 Koa Ave. Honolulu HI 96815

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