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  1. #1

    Complete beginner

    Hi!

    I am 27 and a complete beginner to surfing, never surfed before (However I am a snowboarder, used to skateboard and also know how to wake-board, not sure how these skills would carry over to surfing though).

    I really want to learn how to surf, and what better place than Hawaii right? I am planning my trip for Jan 17-26 and so far from I can gather on these forums I would pretty much drown on the north side, however the south side swells are pretty much flat?

    So my question is, which Island/beach would you recommend?

    Also, I would love to hire a private instructor maybe even a guide to show me around a bit. I was thinking of getting a local to teach me for a few days instead of using one of the schools, would that be a good idea? As my nickname suggests I am a complete noob and would hate to be that idiot that has never surfed before paddling out on a short board to look cool and getting his ass handed to him. Any suggestions/recommendations?

    Any advice is appreciated

    Also, don't know if that matters but I'm travelling solo (you try to convince a buddy to fly half way across the world with 4 weeks notice haha).

  2. #2
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    Welcome!

    Belmar always has great waves here in jersey when you get back!

    The easiest thing would be to go to Waikiki beach - "queens beach" and there are rentals and ppl there that could help - it's cheap too and on the south side so even if it's what we would consider flat- it still might be 1 to 2 ft- perfect for beginners!

    Have fun!!

    Also- just to warm you- a lot of ppl in here are not too nice- not like the locals on Belmar, so if anyone says anything just let it go...

    Ps guys please be nice to this guy!

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    I was stationed out there in the Navy 20 years ago, at NAS Barbers Point. That's west out past Ewa Beach, at Kapolei. I was 22 and started surfing for the first time at Nimitz Beach on Barbers Point. Nimitz Beach was great for beginners; consistently about 2 to 5 feet all year. The base is closed now, so hopefully the beach is open to the public these days (but I don't know).

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    Maui would probably be good. Its smaller island, easy to get around. Stay on the west side in Laheina so there are things to do. Depending on the swell direction, you should get some moderate surf on the north west side of maui. If its dead flat there, you will probably get decent waves across the north shore of the island. There are pretty solid swells this time of year, so you will probably be able to stick to surfing just the west side. Nice part is, if its too big, you can just keep driving south and south east and it will get considerably smaller as you wrap around maui's underbelly.

  5. #5
    Thanks walkingonh2o! Isn't Waikiki touristy and expensive though? I feel like that's the Mecca of all tourists in Hawaii. I'm hoping to find something just in between, a chill vibe but still with something to do at night.

    Maui sounds cool! I guess a car is a must for the duration of the trip?

    Is hiring a local to learn surfing on craigslist a good idea?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfnewb View Post
    Thanks walkingonh2o! Isn't Waikiki touristy and expensive though? I feel like that's the Mecca of all tourists in Hawaii. I'm hoping to find something just in between, a chill vibe but still with something to do at night.

    Maui sounds cool! I guess a car is a must for the duration of the trip?

    Is hiring a local to learn surfing on craigslist a good idea?

    thanks
    In case you already forgot, you are a tourist. Be respectful & try not to kill anyone in the ocean with your soft top.

    And, upon your return to the mainland, if a pudgy dood from Maine offers you private 'surfihng' lessons in his barn, well, run don't walk.

  7. #7
    Waikiki.
    Take reputable lessons.
    Wear a leash - sometimes the rental boards on the beach don't have them.

  8. #8
    Thanks guys.

    I ended up going for 10 days at the end of January. A local showed me around and taught me how to surf, I ended up surfing mostly at Diamond Head, Waikiki was way too flat. As for the board, I started off with a long board, something like 10' and ended the trip stepping down to a 6 7'.

    On my last day I even got up to the north shore (I think the break was called kokoloco or something, just past turtle bay, long ass paddle) and hit a couple 6' (hawaiians).

    Love this sport...off to Costa Rica next.

    If I can recommend anything to other beginners...hit the gym hard before going (It helped me a LOT), you're going to paddle paddle paddle.
    Last edited by surfnewb; Mar 31, 2014 at 04:28 PM.

  9. Can you turn how did you ride 6ft Hawaiian straight?!?

  10. #10
    Yes I can turn.

    The 6ft I hit was very bad form though to say the least .

    I actually cut that session short too because I wasn't yet comfortable with that size..
    Last edited by surfnewb; Mar 31, 2014 at 05:26 PM.