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Surfing in Hawaii :: Aloha Surfergirls

January 22, 2008 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Aloha Surfergirls--yep, without the space--is a company that offers girls and women surfing lessons, both private and group, in four different locations--Los Angeles, San Diego, Costa Rica and Hawaii.

On Hawaii, the surf lesson locations are on Oahu and Maui. A nice touch? Wherever Aloha Surfergirls are surfing and teaching, they'll pick you up and drop you off:

One of our local team members will pick you up from your hotel and will bring you to the beach best suited for your surfing lesson. You will start with a half hour land lesson and then once you have all your techniques under your "bikini," we'll take you into the water for another fun and safe hour with the instructor. After your surf lesson you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Aloha Surfergirls can also conduct corporate events and themed parties like bachelorette and birthday parties so long as there are a minimum of 10 ladies.

Our only concern is how confusing the company's website is. For example, when you click on the Maui surf lessons, it says the surf lessons will take place on North or South Shore of Waikiki. That's on Oahu. So they could mean Maui's North Shore but it's not clear. We suggest calling Surfergirls at 858/427-0644 to avoid any confusion.

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· Aloha Surfergirls [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf School Map [Jaunted]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Lifeguards by Your Side

October 26, 2007 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

When you're new to riding the wild waves of Hawaii, it's smart to at least consider your safety. (Nothing ruins a trip faster than a hospital stay!) And we can't think of a much safer way to start surfing than with a crew of trained and certified Hawaiian lifeguards.

Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors specialize in two-hour beginner lessons that run three times a day. The school provides everything riders need to take on the waves, from board to rash guard. It's the safest way to test the waves and waters. And once you've learned the fundamentals safely, you'll be riding the Pipe in no time.

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· Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]

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Surfing In Hawaii :: Pipeline From The Sideline

October 22, 2007 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've brought you all the places where lei-wearing surf novices, fanny pack-toting tourists and five-year-olds can paddle over the gentle undulations of the ocean guided by the gentle hands of a seasoned instructor. But that's not really surfing, now is it?

The Banzai Pipeline, known as "Pipeline" or "Pipe", is a reef break located off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on Oahu's North Shore. It's that place where one can find the world's best surfers gliding through tunnels of sea. It's the pinnacle of surfing, says local surf shop owner James Cuizon:

Pipeline is the best surf spot in the world. It's the standard against which others are measured.

Visitors on the way to surf class can get schooled by the masters. Just gazing from the beach at those who stretch the boundaries of human strength and agility is a lesson in itself. The Pipeline challenges the world's best surfers to, you know, not die. So amateurs need not apply. It's a man versus nature face-off, and the odds are stacked squarely against man:

A good day at Pipeline means an encounter with fellow surfers who can be as friendly as pitbulls with migraines, and waves that can shatter boards into kindling. And then there's the reef. At Pipeline there can be 10-foot waves blasting over just three feet of water, so if you fall on the reef or get caught inside the break, you're lucky if you come out merely sliced up. In 2005 alone, Pipeline claimed the lives of two expert watermen, Tahitian surfer Malik Joyeux and photographer Jon Mozo.

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· Hawaii's Gnarliest Surf Spots [MSNBC]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]
· Oahu coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Hawaii Pictures]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Leave It To The Kids

October 19, 2007 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know Hawaii is a family friendly place, but sometimes mom and dad need a break, too. The solution? Pack up the kids and take them to Surf Camp Hawaii. This may be the only place on the big island to cater to the 10 to 16 year-old crowd. That's part of the reason we love it.

Kids get busy grubbing before heading out to the big (or little) waves. And instructors know how to get through to the children and teens. They'll spend the day, from 9 am to 2:30, doing stretches, land surfing and getting into the water, too. Campers learn the fundamentals of surfing, water safety and get up close with Mother Nature. It's the perfect learn-to-surf opportunity, and one that lets parents off the hook for a while, too.

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· Surf Camp Hawaii [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]
· Hawaii Surf Schools Map [Jaunted]

[Photo: rjones0856]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Ladies First

October 15, 2007 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, the Boys of Summer get all the press but it'd be a sin to overlook Hawaii's women of the waves. Exhibit number one might be Margo Oberg, one of the few female Big Wave legends who just so happens to run the aptly named Margo Oberg Surf School.

Margo and her staff put beginners and rising stars alike through their paces at Poipu Beach on Kauai's beautiful South Shore. Margo's been teaching in Kauai for thirty years, sharing the skills and love of the waves that have propelled her to seven World Championship titles.

The school itself comes highly recommended with an across-the-board flawless reputation and a prized spot in National Geographic Traveler's 25 Things to Do in Hawaii.

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· Margo Oberg Surf School [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Jeff K]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Nancy Knows

October 12, 2007 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

We know that not everyone lives for the big waves. But it's safe to say those who love the water would like to at least try their hand at hanging ten. For them, there's the Nancy Emerson School of Surfing on Maui. Nancy has been teaching people of all ages to surf since 1973, and while she offers clinics for advanced riders, her beginner classes are some of the best around.

Nancy customizes programs for individuals, families, small groups and even hotel conventions. Students use new, soft surfboards, and class times depend on tides, waves and winds. Her students even receive a surfing diploma. Plus, this is one school that comes with a guarantee. According to Nancy, her method will transform and accelerate students' surfing ability. You've got her word on it.

Find it on our Hawaii Surf Schools Map.

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· Nancy Emerson School of Surfing [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]
· Maui Christmas [Jaunted]

[Photo: ewen and donabel]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Lessons With A View

October 9, 2007 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Surf Hawaii Surf School, located on the north shore of the island of Oahu, calls itself the most amateur-friendly surf school on the third-largest island in the archipelago.

The school has classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced surfers, including children and adults. Instructors are CPR-certified, open-ocean lifeguards. Plus, you'll feel like you're on an episode of Baywatch Hawaii when Edison de Paula, the lead instructor/owner pictured above, gently guides you along the water's surface. Private lessons with Edison start at $130 for three hours. A small price to pay, we say.

In addition, anyone who books a surfing lesson gets an optional sea turtle sightseeing tour for free. Edison also offers a day-long excursion dubbed the "around the island surfing tour." In addition to a surfing lesson, the package includes transportation, a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center followed by a stop at either the Aloha Stadium Flea Market or to the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The price is $195 for a minimum of two people. We were hoping for some more alone time with the younger, better-looking, chest hair-free version of David Hasselhoff, but we guess our friends can come along.

Find it on our Hawaii Surf Schools Map.

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· Surf Hawaii Surf School [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Hawaiian Fire is Red Hot

Where: 3318 Campbell Ave [map], Honolulu, HI, United States
October 5, 2007 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The way we see it, a lesson at Hawaiian Fire might be the hottest thing in the island. The seven-year-old surf school promises a wild experience that will rival the most memorable times of your life. And we believe them. Why? Maybe it's because this is the only surf school on Oahu that's run exclusively by fire fighters--get the name now?

They know what it means to coach newbies through the basics and since they're trained first responders, you can feel good about safety. After all, who wouldn't want a little mouth-to-mouth from one of Hawaii's bravest?

And it turns out the people who register for lessons love Hawaiian Fire just as much as we do:

The moment my toes touched the water, it felt like a dream. I was in paradise doing what I thought I'd NEVER do. Riding that first wave was the highlight of my whole Hawaii experience. After that, I just could not get enough.

Find it on our Hawaii Surf Schools Map.

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· Hawaiian Fire [Official Site]
· Hawaii Surf Schools coverage [Jaunted]
· Hawaii Travel coverage [Jaunted]

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Surfing in Hawaii :: Titus Still Reigns

October 2, 2007 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Titus Kinimaka, one of the last remaining professional big wave riders of pure Hawaiian decent, is a cult figure in the world of surfing. Rather than sitting high above mortal surfers on his throne of awards, watching newbies topple over the smallest of waves, he shares his wisdom. Now in his 50s, when not competing against punks half his age, Titus and his disciples pass down their skills through Titus Kinimaka's Hawaiian School of Surfing in Hanalei, Kauai.

Ninety-minute beginner classes start at $65 and go up to $250 for veteran surfers who want a little extra help mastering big wave riding. Because the winter waves in Hawaii are different than the summer waves, the surf school has two locations. Right now, the winter spot is the place to be: You'll find your instructors at Pine Trees Beach.

Find it on our Hawaii Surf Schools Map.

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· Titus's Hawaiin School of Surfing [Official Site]
· Hawaii Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: Soapbox Superstar]

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MTV's Living Lahaina Is Better In the Real World

Where: 117 Prison St # A [map], Lahaina, HI, United States, 96761
April 19, 2007 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

MTV's newest Hawaii based show is Living Lahaina, a psuedo surf reality show.

The show tries to use a Dukes of Hazard style narration, at least they did in the premiere episode, to tell the story of a half dozen Maui surf instructors. The first show featured a surf dude named "Gator" getting drunk, then angry at his girlfriend, then paddling Auau Channel, all in a night's work. Of course, Gator's early morning channel paddle blossomed into a full blown Cost Guard search for the lost reality surfer.

In any event, while the hot-bodied reality show may or may not hold your interest, it appears that the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy, the show's backdrop, is a good place to learn to surf, if you find yourself on Maui.

I stood up the first time i got in the water.. my teacher was the big kahuna! after my first time i went 3 more times it was a blast!! and i got some sweet shots of myself surfing! Oh and all the boys are good looking too!

Oddly, we couldn't find an official website for the surf academy, but if you want to bother Gator for a surf lesson, and have plenty of cell minutes, call 808.662.4664.

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· Roayal Hawaiian Surf Academy Comments [Yahoo!]
· MTV's Living Lahaina Site [Official Site]