I recently spent a week at Waikiki, where tourists go to hire SUPs or longboards and infest a bunch of small but otherwise fun-looking reef breaks. From the sand, it looks like absolute carnage. Here are five things I learned:
1. It’s not as crowded as it looks. That’s because it’s not so competitive. People don’t paddle out here trying to score the wave of a lifetime. If they’re tourists, they are just hoping to get some GoPro footage (there are more mounted GoPros here than there are at Backdoor) to show the folks back on the farm. The waves are fun, but not serious.