So You Want to Learn to Surf on the North Shore?

Learn to Surf on the North Shore of Oahu

You can ask any surfer out there and they’ll tell you: surfing is not just a sport; it’s a way of life! And if there’s one place that epitomizes the spirit of surfing, it’s the North Shore of Oahu. Renowned for its INSANELY monstrous waves (don’t worry, this won’t be your first experience), its stunning coastline, and the vibrant surfing culture, the North Shore of Oahu offers the perfect surfing backdrop for anyone looking to try a new hobby. Learning to surf here is a memory that will last a lifetime (plus you get to say “I surfed those waves” next time you catch a Pipeline surfing competition on TV)!

The North Shore of Oahu is practically synonymous with big wave surfing, and its iconic breaks like Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay, attract professional surfers from around the globe. But don’t let the intimidating reputation of these waves discourage you from learning to surf here. If you are a beginner who wants to learn to surf on the North Shore, then the North Shore also offers a range of beginner-friendly breaks, and with the assistance of professionals in a surf class, you know you’re being taken care of!

a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the water

How to Begin Your Surfing Journey

It might seem obvious that you need a surfboard to go surfing but did you know that what kind of surfboard makes almost as much of a difference as having one at all? A good-quality surfboard suited to your skill level is essential. For beginners, longboards, and especially foam boards are recommended, as they offer stability and buoyancy, making it easier to catch waves and maintain balance; plus, foam boards are safer for you, those around you, and the board itself (as rentals can be expensive if damaged).

As you begin to learn to surf on the North Shore, seeking guidance from experienced instructors can make the difference between catching your first wave and…well, floating (but who doesn’t love to float?). Knowledgeable and passionate surfers at Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience are eager to share their expertise. Our professionals make sure to teach you all the fundamentals of surfing – including paddling techniques, wave selection, and standing up on the board, but they will also educate you on ocean safety, etiquette, and environmental awareness.

Remember to Enjoy the Journey, It’s Part of the Ride

As you begin to learn to surf on the North Shore, just remember that this is a new skill you are learning! And while it may seem intimidating (and might make you hurt in muscles you didn’t even know you had), trained professionals and passionate surfers at Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience are there to make sure you have the most fun safely. Remember, it is always a good idea to start your journey to learn to surf on the North Shore with a surf lesson, this greatly increases your chances of catching a wave! So contact us today to catch the ride of your life!


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