Tips For Watching North Shore Surfing

One of the most exciting things about visiting Hawaii in the winter is watching North Shore surfing. Seeing the mighty ocean in such beautiful form is quite a spectacle, but it can be a bit precarious… Here are some tips for staying safe while watching North Shore surfing.

Watching North Shore surfing

Use these tips to stay safe and get the best view watching North Shore surfing.

1. Follow posted beach signs

Lifeguards post signs near the water for good reason. The big waves breaking causes the waters to turn into a churning morass and people have been swept out when just going for a dip. Strong currents and dangerous shorebreak make even the water’s edge a dangerous place, especially if you’re not focusing on your surroundings.

2. Bring binoculars

Now it may not be on your ordinary Hawaiian packing list, but a pair of small binoculars are a great thing to bring. You can also pick up travel binoculars from many duty free stores in Waikiki. They really make the difference when surfers are out on the water 100 to 150 yards away.

3. Set up camp away from the water

Have you ever seen someone relaxing in their beach chair and a giant wave comes and wipes them out? It can be funny to see, but if it happens to you it’s a different story. Stuff can get swept away in the blink of an eye, and you don’t want it to be your stuff! Plus, the best vantage point for watching North Shore surfing is up on the slopes of the beach!

4. Bring a picnic lunch

One of the smartest things you can do for a day spent watching North Shore surfing is to bring a picnic lunch. Kamehameha Highway has only 2 lanes and traffic can become somewhat frustrating. Skip the mid-day congestion by enjoying your lunch with your feet in the sand!

5. Look online for the surf contest schedule

While watching North Shore surfing is exciting, it gets even better when you see a surf contest. Watching the best surfers in the world surf some of the best waves in the world is nothing short of awe inspiring. Seeing impossible “makes” and horrific wipeouts will surely make you cheer and cringe!

Need more travel tips for Hawaii? Check out our top travel-related posts here. Thank you for reading, enjoy the big waves! Alooooha!

 Want to experience more than just big waves on the North Shore? Check out North Shore tours!

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