3 Beginner-Friendly Surf Spots in Town (Waikiki)

So here you are, in sunny Hawaii ready to surf the waves that speak the stories of how surfing came to life, but you have no idea where to paddle out. O’ahu has a large number of surf breaks on offer and it can be truly hard to find a place to surf that would accommodate your skills and expectations. So here is Pata Sudaka coming to the rescue! 

We created a series of blogs for you to help you get around the island of O’ahu surfing the spots you’d love! These spots are best surfed during mid-to-high and high-to-low tides.

beginner SURF SPOTS Waikiki3 Beginner Friendly Surf Breaks in Waikiki

  1. Canoes

  2. Popular

  3. Tongg’s

Canoes surf SPOT

Is located in the heart of Waikiki and is considered one of the best beginner friendly spots in the world. This is a great place to go to build up some ocean time once you had a few surf lessons and have a little knowledge of how to paddle, pop-up, stand on a board and act around other surfers.

However, this being said – the spot gets filled with fellow like beginners trying to bring their surfing to the next level, so patience will be needed. Some beginners may be less experienced than yourself so you want to be aware of the other surfers in the water. 

Nonetheless, Canoes is an excellent surf break for longboarders and newly made surfers.

Did you know?

Back in the days, only royalty was allowed to participate in the sport of surfing. Canoe’s is located close by a beautiful statue of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku, who is believed to surfed this very break himself.

Location: In front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue (behind Moana Surfrider hotel)

Type of Wave: Reef break 

Direction of the Wave: Left and right 

Bottom: Sand & rocks

Difficulty: Beginners

Crowd Level:  Canoes could be the crowdiest line-up on the planet most days

POPULARs (POPS) surf SPOT

Is an easy super fun wave located heading west of Waikiki. It is a very forgiving wave, making it a great welcoming spot for long-board or short-board beginner surfers.  If you get lucky, the green sea turtles like to hang out at this spot too, so you might spot some peaking out to say hi. 

Despite its name, it’s not THAT popular, well maybe only among the turtles it is. The disadvantage of this fun break it the long paddle out. But don’t let this discourage you, long paddles are great for building up your strength and endurance. The good news is also that the loooong paddle out means most tourists and surfers won’t bother. OH hello, uncrowded surf spot!

This spot is a little more exposed therefore it picks up a swell a little better than Canoes and Queens, for example, depending on the swell of course. The right-hander offers you a nice big wall to play with and on big days the wave can barrel. 

Location: In front of the Duke Kahanamoku statue (behind Moana Surfrider hotel)

Location: Between the Royal Hawaiian and U.S. Army Museum

Type of Wave: Reef break 

Direction of the Wave: Left and right 

Bottom: Reef

Difficulty: Beginners (on a bigger swell – more experienced surfers)

Crowd Level:  Mellow

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TONGG’S surf SPOT

A clean and sheltered break heading east of Waikiki, offering you a fun left handed wave that works well for both long and shortboard surfers. It might be difficult to find the way to these soft and sloping waves as there is no beach. To get to this break you’d have to take down a set of stairs, get right into the water and paddle out to the outer reef where the waves break. 

Tongg’s is an easy wave to surf with less of a crowd due to its hard to find access. On a big swell the nice wall of a wave turns into closeouts, so make sure to check the report before you head out to Tongg’s. 

Location: The east of Kaimana

Type of Wave: Outer reef break (breaks like a beach break)

Direction of the Wave: Left and right

Bottom: Coral reef

Difficulty: Beginners 

Crowd Level:  Mellow (occasionally crowded) 

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