Oahu Surfing for Beginners
Even if you’re a beginner, you know about the typical dangers of surfing: hitting coral, pearling on an overhead wave, stepping on ‘wana (urchin), running into a fellow surfer, beefing with a local, sharks. There are many reasons people should use caution when surfing, but most end up in the water anyway for the pure thrill of riding a wave. The dangers of the sport are just as many as those of other sports, so most just chalk up the dangers to the natural risks you have to take with any kind of physical activity.
With summer just around the corner and an increasing number of visitors to the islands, it is of timely importance to emphasize the necessity to use caution when hitting the waves on Oahu. The typical dangers of surfing are not necessarily the most dangerous things about the sport, especially if you’re a beginner who is learning how to surf in town.
While the North Shore’s famous surf breaks such as Pipeline and Sunset are dangerous for very legitimate reasons, South Shore breaks such as Cliffs and Queens are just as dangerous for another less illustrious reason — especially during the summer: the crowds and the level of surfing can be a bit unbearable, sometimes making for a pretty scary situation in the water.
If you’re a beginner surfer, it might be a good idea to take a surf lesson or two from a Beach Boy in Waikiki. Stick to beginner breaks such as Queens, right in front of the Duke statue in Waikiki, or Cliffs, which you will spot from the lookout on Diamond Head Road.
Be careful out there in the water, but enjoy the waves this summer!
Photo courtesy of digitonin (Flickr)