Surfing and Hawaii are synonymous, particularly on Oahu where the island’s geography seems specifically carved for creating amazing waves. Oahu’s position in the island chain sets it up to receive waves that have built up over a fetch of a thousand miles or more.
One of the best moments of surfing, for both surfers and spectators, is the moment of consideration–slow, sure reflection on the gravity of getting headfirst into the ocean to ride waves, joining a fraternity that began with ancient Hawaiians.
The scenery isn’t too bad either.
Two thin lines of white water created by surfers trickle down the front of a giant wave in Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore. read more
A wave rider takes it easy on a shoulder high roller at Kahalu’u Beach Park in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. read more
The sun goes down on Kona town while surfers stay out in glassy waters waiting for one more wave to finish out the day. read more
Surfers make their way to the entry spot as they are greeted by a Big Island sunrise in lush surroundings. read more
A surfer hits the waves, jumping from the lava rock shoreline at Honolua Bay, Maui into a fall swell with overhead heights. read more
A pool of eager surfers sit in the line up between sets waiting for the next great ride at Ho’okipa on Maui’s north central shore. read more
A lone surfer takes off on a head high wave along the Kona coast of the Big Island with glassy smooth water and clear skies that compose a picture blending one shade of blue into another. read more
On a big swell day–some of us mere mortals may even call it a huge swell day–the Pipeline surf break on Oahu’s North Shore displayed the reason for its name. read more
Honolulu Surf Riders is another great Hawaiiana painting from Mr. Charles Bartlett. Put on canvas around 1918, his painting shows four surfers catching a wave in Honolulu, presumably in Waikiki. read more
Famous for long lines of great waves for surfing, the only line in the water at Waikiki this day was the line up of surfers waiting and watching the horizon in hopes of a little swell. read more
Sometimes getting to the surf is more difficult than others. Of course, that’s all part of the adventure that makes surfing what it is. read more