Hawaii –surfing’s tropical Valhalla- consists of six main islands, with Oahu acting as the major draw for surfers. Because the islands sit so far from any other land mass, they are well situated for long-period uninterrupted  swells that routinely, and with awesome Pacific power, unload on Hawaii’s  numerous world-famous surf breaks.

Surfers and non-surfers alike are aware of her most hallowed breaks – Pipeline, Sunset, and the playful and storied Waikiki beach. But it is the big swells of winter, on Oahu’s north shore, that attract world-class surfers. If you’re not up to tackling the gaping tubes of Pipeline or the shifty, deep-water peaks of Sunset Beach, watching the world’s best prove their mettle in these waves is impressive and entertaining.

Not to be outdone, legendary Waikiki beach is a great spot in its own right. Beginning surfers and those who want to bask safely in surfing history will find this a great starting point from which to explore Hawaii.

Whether you choose to tackle a big wave spot on Oahu’s north shore, get your feet wet at Waikiki, or opt for a slower pace on Maui, Kauai or The Big Island, Hawaii’s plentiful surf options and striking scenery will allow you to rest easy, knowing that no matter how many waves you catch, you are in the right place.