I’m trying to provide at least a little review of our experiences here in Oahu, Hawaii. In a couple of days we have checked out the Polynesian Cultural Center, swam in Waimea Falls, took some scenic drives, took a helicopter tour of the island with the doors off and my daughter took a 2 hour surf lesson with North Shore Surf Girls surf classes. The lesson took place a little south of Waimea Bay, which is known for it’s amazing waves in the winter months including the world famous “Banzai Pipeline.”
We met the North Shore Surf Girls at a local Boat Harbor and took a short drive to the lesson area known as “Chen’s.” It’s an area with some coral and rocky areas that create breakers for the waves. The instructors explain how far in you can surf and how to turn around and go back to surf a new wave.
All the photos below were taken by me with my Nikon D5200 and an 18-200mm lens until you see where I denote that another photographer took photos.
Our instructor was Kat. She is originally from Oregon and moved to Hawaii for college, but loved surfing more and loves teaching others to surf as well. The name “North Shore Surf Girls” can make you feel that they only offer female instructors, but they have great male instructors as well. I felt having a female instructor would put my daughter at ease. Kat began by showing my daughter the path they would take to reach the waves, that were breaking about 1 to 2 feet this morning. We opted for the 9:00am group lesson, but Kat worked exclusively with her throughout the lesson while a male instructor worked with 2 others. The two hour lesson was about $75.
She then showed her how to place her feet on the long training surf board.
You can’t surf, if you aren’t willing to do the work of paddling.
We learned that riding the back of the board slows you down and the front of the board speeds you up.
Kat said my daughter was a natural and she rode a number of waves. My daughter really enjoyed the surfing, but learning from Kat was a real bonus because she was so friendly and outgoing. They talked about a number of things while waiting their turn for a nice wave.
The North Shore Surf Girls even have a professional photographer named Willie who comes out on the waves with his camera to get some amazing shots. He only charged us $30 for all his photos on disk and we were eager for the purchase. You can view his work at www.williamedwards.photography
These smiles were easily worth the extra $30 to me. Willie is super nice guy and did a great job. I paid him in cash, but forgot to ask if he takes credit card. He is working from his truck :)
We finished off our two hour lesson with this photo that I took of Kat and my daughter. I HIGHLY recommend North Shore Surf Girls and Kat was an excellent teacher and really hit it off well with my daughter. I can tell you that my daughter did apply sunscreen before entering the water and still ended up with sunburn on the backs of her very white legs. You might want to bring along some surf pants or whatever they call them.