BODYSURFING & BODYBOARDING IN OAHU HAWAII
BODYSURFING is the art of riding a wave without using a surfboard or bodyboard. Most bodysurfers use soft swimfins (or flippers) to propel themselves quickly onto the face of the wave. Some bodysurfers also use a silicone webbed palm glove for better steering.
BODYBOARDING (or Boogie Boarding) – The surfer rides a short (around 4ft long) rectangular shaped foam board that can propel them quickly onto the face of a wave. Bodyboarders also use soft swimfins (or flippers) to aid in propulsion while riding the breaking wave.
Soft Swim Fins
Silicone Webbed Palm Gloves
THE BEST BEACHES FOR BODYSURFING & BODYBOARDING ON OAHU ARE – WAIKIKI BEACH
Waikiki Beach is an excellent place for beginners. Make sure you check surf conditions before you enter the water.
LIfeguards are on duty.
Showers and restrooms are available.
Waikiki Wall is situated just after the Kuhio Ponds at Queens Beach (just past Waikiki Beach).
It has consistent small surf but, be wary of submerged coral near the retainer wall.
The closest lifeguard is situated at Waikiki Beach.
SANDY BEACH – SOUTH SHORE
Sandy Beach is best left to the experienced surfers as during high surf it has rough shore breaks and strong undertow.
A lifeguard is on duty.
Restrooms, showers, picnic areas, phones and parking are available.
HOW DO YOU GET TO SANDY BEACH
BY CAR FROM WAIKIKI BEACH – Head southeast on Kalakaua Avenue towards Kaiulani Avenue. Keep left to continue on Monsarrat Avenue. Continue onto Diamond Head Road, Turn left onto Makapu’u Avenue. Turn right onto Kilauea Avenue. Turn left onto 16th Avenue. Turn right onto Waialae Avenue. Take the interstate H-1E slip road on the left. Merge onto I-H-1E. Continue onto HI-72.
11.3 miles/Twenty seven minutes.
MAKAPU’U BEACH PARK (WINDWARD COAST)
Makapu’u Beach is for experienced surfers it has a challenging riptide and shorebreak as well as dangerous offshore currents.
A Lifeguard is on duty.
Restrooms, showers, picnic areas and telephones are available.
HOW DO YOU GET TO MAKAPU’U BEACH PARK
BY CAR – FROM WAIKIKI – Head southeast on Kalakaua Avenue towards Kaiulani Avenue, Keep left to keep on Monsarrat Avenue. Continue on Diamond Head Road. Turn left onto Makapu’u Avenue. Turn right onto Kilauea Avenue. Turn left onto 16th Avenue. Turn right onto Waialae Avenue. Take the interstate H-1E. Continue onto HI-72. Turn left onto Keahole Street- Keahole Street turns slightly right and becomes Hawaii Kai Drive. Turn left onto Kaluanui Road.
10 miles/Twenty six minutes.
Makapu’u Beach Park
BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION (PUBLIC BEACH) WINDWARD COAST
Address: 41-043 Kalaniana’ole HIghway, Waimanalo
This beach is closed to the public on weekdays and only opened on Friday at noon until Sunday at midnight. It has small consistent waves and is suitable for families.
A lifeguard is on duty on weekends only.
Restrooms, showers, picnic areas and campgrounds are available.
HOW DO YOU GET TO BELLOWS AIR FORCE STATION
BY CAR – FROM WAIKIKI – Head southeast on Kalakaua Avenue towards Kaiulani Avenue. Turn left onto Kaiulani Avenue. Continue onto Kanekapolei Street. Turn left onto Ala Wai Boulevarde. Turn right onto McCully Street Turn left onto Dole. Turn left onto Alexander Street. Merge onto I-H-1W. Take exit 21B for HI-61N/Pali Highway. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Hawaii 61 N/Pali HIghway. Slight right onto HI-61N N/Pali HIghway. Continue to follow HI-61N. Turn right onto HI-72. Turn left onto Tinker Road.
19.6 miles/Forty four minutes.
Bellows Air Force Station Beach
Make sure you observe safety signs regarding beach conditions, if you are unsure ask the lifeguard.
For sun safety wear a hat and use sunscreen.
REMEMBER – IF IN DOUBT DON’T GO OUT
FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 911