Surfing Outfitters and Lessons on O‘ahu’s North Shore

If you’re looking for surfing on O‘ahu’s North Shore, there are plenty of outfitters, rental shops, pro lessons and even tours to suit both your skill level and the experience you want.

Hale‘iwa town is full of surf shops that sell apparel, boards, and surf accessories. Hawaiian Island Creations (66-224 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/637-0991, 10am-6pm Mon.-Sat., 9:30am-5pm Sun.) and Wave Riding Vehicles (66-451 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/637-2020, 9am-7pm daily) are two local surf brands with retail shops, and Xcel (66-590 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/637-6239, 9am-5pm daily) is a local wetsuit company where you can find all manner of wetsuits to stay warm and protect yourself from the sun.

A surfboard wedged in the sand on a blue-water beach.
If you didn’t bring your surfing gear with you, Oahu’s North Shore has many outfitters who can help you catch a wave. Photo © Pavel Ilyukhin/123rf.

Surf N Sea (62-595 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/637-9887, 9am-7pm daily) not only has apparel and new and used boards for sale, but they also rent shortboards and longboards by the hour, day, and week. Shortboards are $5 the first hour, $3.50 each additional hour, $24 daily, and $120 weekly; longboards are $7 the first hour, $6 each additional hour, $30 daily, and $150 weekly. Right across the street is Tropical Rush (62-620 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/637-8886, 9am-7pm daily). They sell apparel, new surfboards, and gear, and rent boards by the hour, day, and week.

Hawaii Eco Divers (61-101 Iliohu Pl., 808/499-9177, 7:30am-9pm daily) offers surf tours for experienced surfers and lessons for beginners. The surf tours include personalized surf coaching and a video of the session, $150 for a morning session or $250 all day for a group of up to three surfers. Surfboards are not included. Their surf lessons run $100 for a three- to four-hour session focusing on catching and riding waves. The lesson rate includes boards and transportation. Sunset Suratt Surf Academy (808/783-8657) gives beginner surfing and stand-up paddling lessons. With an arsenal of boards and vans, they drive to where the surf is best suited for learning. Book online.

Located across from Sharks Cove, North Shore Surf Shop (59-053 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/638-0390, 10am-7:30pm daily) has a huge selection of shortboards, new and used, and carries a lot of the professional surfers’ used boards. They rent shortboards for $25 daily, $60 for three days, $125 weekly, and $300 for a month; longboards are $30 daily, $75 for three days, $140 weekly, and $300 for a month. They also have a retail location in the town of Hale‘iwa.

At Turtle Bay Resort you can rent boards at Hans Hedemann Surf (57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., 808/447-6755 or 808/293-7779, 8am-5pm daily). They rent shortboards and longboards for $15 per hour, $40 for four hours, $50 all day, $60 overnight, $35 each additional day, and $250 per week. Two-hour private lessons go for $150, semi-private lessons are $125, and group lessons, for up to four surfers, are $75. All equipment is included.


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