North Shore Oahu Best Surf Spots

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Kaunala Beach
Kaunala Beach, known to locals as Velzyland or V-land, is an excellent local surfing experience. Spot local surfers on occasion here. Phantom Reef is the allure, a mile from the coastline, which provides a tower of shade from the peak takeoff along shallow ledges. Beyond Backyards Beach, this beach offers parking along Kam Highway. You can enter through the gate at Sunset Beach. The places to stay vary in budget, with condos, rooms for rent, hotels, and Turtle Bay. Food is plentiful, with the popular food trucks. Velzyland is at the end of the renown Seven Mile Miracle.

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Sunset Beach
Storybook Sunset Beach is a reality, with world-class surfing year-round, plus competitions that build excitement for the surfers and spectators. Among the longest and broadest beaches in Oahu, Sunset Beach is also known for snorkeling and sunsets. The Sunset Rip, the currents that thrill with waves up to 20 feet, is what enthralls surfers of all levels.

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Ehukai Beach
Ehukai Beach is the site of the acclaimed Bonzai Pipeline. It’s another beach with shallow reef, picnic tables and terrific winter surfing opportunities. Sandy, rock-bottom beach, with hollow and fast waves, Ehukai Beach is one of the best sand bar breaks. If you’re in town in December, visit Pipe, as it is known to locals, for the third event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Laniakea Beach
Laniakea Beach, known for the endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, Honu, is often also called Turtle Beach. Located approximately two miles from Haleiwa, near Pohakuloa Way and Kamehameha Highway, the beach is shared by tourists seeking turtles and avid surfers. It’s quite a primitive beach, with no restrooms, showers, lifeguards, or picnic tables, but the surfing is wondrous with the rocky shelf, seaweed and powerful rip currents. Additional adjoining surf spots include Hultin’s and Himalayas.

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Kawela Beach
Waves up to 50 foot, reefs, tidepools and rocky areas make Kawela Beach a great surf spot for winter surfing and summer snorkeling and scuba. Kawela Bay, with is striking Banyan trees, has been featured in the Lost television series. The beach park has no lifeguards or facilities but incredible sunsets in the summertime.

Backyards Beach
A notable spot, Backyards Beach, best in winter is a surfing spot fueled by offshore winds and groundswells.

As always, check weather and surf reports for the surf spot you want to visit for a safe and unforgettable adventure.