Waikiki, Hawaii Surfing Culture
In addition to towering palm trees, white sand beaches and the graceful hula, surfing is an iconic element of Hawaii. It’s no coincidence, then, that a unique surfing culture has evolved into a way of life in Waikiki. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned surfer, riding the waves of Waikiki offers a refreshing rendezvous with Mother Nature and a fun way to experience the Hawaii surfing lifestyle.
Waikiki Surfing Inspired Hotel.
Taking its lead from the renowned surfing culture of Waikiki, Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki hotel embodies the surfing lifestyle of Hawaii. Upon arrival to our bright hotel lobby, images of world-class surfers capture the attention of new and repeat guests. Large-screen TVs play a continuous reel of classic surfing movies and thrilling surf videos. The casual, beachy ambiance of our hotel is thoroughly inspired by our soulful connection to the ocean through surfing. From the lobby to our stylish and comfortable accommodations, surfing is a theme reflective of the aloha spirit.
Surfing History of Hawaii.
While the history of surfing in Hawaii is centuries old, it wasn’t until the 1900s that surfing edged its way into mainstream recreation. Waikiki native Duke Kahanamoku and his friends are credited with popularizing surfing in Waikiki in the early 1900s. A statue of Duke Kahanamoku stands at Waikiki Beach to commemorate his life and his contributions to the sport of surfing and the preservation of Hawaiian culture.
Big Wave Oahu Surfing.
While Waikiki Beach is best known for its beginner-friendly surfing, it’s the North Shore of Oahu that boasts some of the biggest waves in the world. Winter is the season for big waves on the North Shore, when waves topping 20 feet with a 50-foot face are not uncommon. Witness the world’s best professional surfers challenge the Hawaiian Pipeline and other famous breaks in November and December when the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing contests bring out the best of the best. The Triple Crown series includes the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the O’Neill World Cup, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational requires waves of at least 20 feet and has only been held a few times in the past 25 years.