Catch a Wave

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

Leg­ends about surf­ing are found in the ear­li­est sto­ries of an­cient Hawai‘i. Around 400 A.D., a form of belly­board­ing on small wooden planks was in­tro­duced. Later, Tahi­tian ex­plor­ers brought their tra­di­tion of rid­ing waves with ca­noes. The Hawai­ians merged the two tech­niques to cre­ate the sport of surf­ing.

Learn­ing how to surf is a re­ward­ing ad­ven­ture. Stu­dents gen­er­ally be­gin their train­ing by rid­ing soft long­boards and are in­tro­duced to surf­ing fun­da­men­tals, safety and oceanaware­ness rules in a land les­son be­fore en­ter­ing the small surf to give it a try.

Ocean Eco Tours, lo­cated in Honoko­hau Har­bor, spe­cial­izes in begin­ners’ train­ing. The com­pany holds the only surf per­mit for Honoko­hau Na­tional Park and of­fers lessons at the pop­u­lar Ka­halu‘u Beach Park on Ali‘i Drive in Kailua-Kona.

Ka­halu‘u is a pop­u­lar surf­ing site par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive to begin­ners. The park’s reef-pro­tected la­goons at­tract crowds year-round, and the beach is guarded and pop­u­lar with both snorkel­ers and surfers.

One of the most pop­u­lar and con­sis­tent surf spots on the east side of the is­land is Honoli‘i Point, near Hilo. This is a great place to watch surfers and body­board­ers.

• Ocean Eco Tours (808) 324-7873

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