How to Longboard on the North Shore of Oahu

While surfing on the North Shore is best known for big waves and bone crushing tubes, there are a few spots on the coast where the art of longboarding is practiced and even tolerated.

Steps

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    Wake up early as the trade winds often blow out the best longboard spots later in the day.
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    Check the spots that are most popular with Hawaiian and visiting longboarders: Puaena Point, Laniakea, Chun's, Val's Reef, and Turtle Bay. These spots are listed in order as you would find them while driving from Haleiwa town to Turtle Bay.
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    Consider Puaena Point when the surf is too big for other spots. Rank beginners can learn to stand on their first wave in the shallow reef inside the break.
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    Drive to Chun's for mellow and fun rights. Get up very early to beat the crowds.
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    Ride the left and right peaks of Laniakea (aka Lannie's) on smaller days. On a large swell the break becomes a fierce right barrel.
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    Spot Val's Reef when looking between Sunset and Kammieland. Val's offers a fun, quick longboard worthy ride on smaller days. Line up in front of the house with the corrugated roof. Val's and Sunset are for experts only on larger days.
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    Stop at the last surf spot on the North Shore, which is Turtle Bay. This break, located right in front of the Turtle Bay Resort, delivers fun rights on smaller days.
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    Escape the North Shore on the largest days. During huge days, the best longboarding can be found at Waikiki.

Tips

Warnings

  • Wiping out on the North Shore can be more consequential than in your home surf break. Learn about the reef and currents for each break before surfing. Consider asking a lifeguard or nice looking local for advice before getting in the water.

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