For pros, winter on Oahu’s North Shore is adrenaline rush barrel heaven. For the rest of us, paddling for our lives and tumbling in a whitewater washing machine is not the vacation photos we imagined.
Even seasoned local Rosie Jaffurs
, and resident Seeababe who teaches lessons on the North Shore, looks forward to when the waves are glassy logger friendly ramps. Here, she gave us her favorite summer surf spots on Oahu for beginner and longboard fun.Waikiki:
“Always bring your longboard because it is usually really small and crowded. You have a lot of the Waikiki Beach Boys on their lunch breaks trying to get some waves, a couple tourists who have rented boards that are being dangerous, and the beach boys usually come over help them get a wave in.
You have a beautiful view of the entire Waikiki as well as Diamond Head right there. It's the same spot that a lot of the longboard contests are held in Hawaii and it's the one town spot that I have consistently grown up being brought to. My parents had their first date there as well my boyfriend and I. I want to say you can almost feel the power of the spot, being the original spot of surfing, where the great Duke taught and surfed!”
“It's a trek to get down the cliff but once you get down out there, it's like a whole new world. Diamond Head mountain is now above you and you seem to be in below the crater in deep blue water. Lots of peaks and waves. Good for longboard or shortboard with a crowd of locals and beginners all mixed throughout.” Barbers Point/ White Plains:
“Good beginner break that is supposedly similar to San-O. Log or SUP for sure, wave is crumbly and weak but one of the top picks for a summer sesh. It's a crowd of military beginners to the coolest uncles that are surfing today. You can see Waikiki in a distance but you’re definitely next to an airport because the planes are a pretty big distraction. Had a lot of growth in my surfing happen here, perfect little log peelers that allowed me to get comfy in the nose.”
“My office. Where we teach surfing during the summer. There's aren’t always a lot of waves but compared to the lake that the north shore is during the summer, this little reef provides a big enough wall to ride. Longboard spot filled with beginners and girls! Girls club is always out at Chuns and they pretty much take over the lineup and drop in unless you’re the good looking local boy who is tearing the crap out of a wave :) View is gorgeous to me I can see my home from the line up as well as Mt. Ka’ala to Kaena Point.”
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