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Longboard surfing at Pupukea, North Shore, Hawaii; Photograph by Sean Davey, Aurora

Hawaii: Catch Waves in Oahu

Learn to surf from the pros in a tropical paradise.  

What Is It? Never surfed before? Have a lot of experience? Either way, lessons or a full-immersion surf camp on Oahu’s legendary North Shore will improve your skills in no time. Beginners: You’ll gain confidence and all the information you need to catch your first wave. Those of you with more experience will acquire the knowledge needed to take your surfing to the next level.

Why Do It? School was never so sweet. Spend days learning to ride waves from the experts while staying in a serene, quiet family home near the surfing mecca of Haleiwa. In addition to daily lessons on renowned beaches around the island, you’ll be pampered with yoga classes designed to improve your surfing prowess. During your time in this tropical paradise, you’ll also have the opportunity to partake in mind-blowing sightseeing tours, horseback riding, hiking, and whale-watching.

Make It Happen: Contact Edison de Paula, owner and head instructor with over 20 years of surfing experience at Surf Hawaii Surf School.

What’s your favorite summer adventure in Hawaii?

50 Best Summer Weekend Adventures: Great adventures are all around us—and summer is the ideal time to seek them. To give you some ideas and inspiration, every weekday we will be sharing a different U.S. summer weekend adventure, state-by-state from A to Z. We invite you to share your favorite summer weekend adventures in the comments section below when your favorite state is featured. Report back after the weekend to tell us about the outdoor adventures you had.