Night Surf in Hawaii
Night Surf in Hawaii is by guest blogger, MT, a champion East Coast Surfer who is attending the University of Hawaii this summer. Be sure to subscribe to Hawaii Discount Blog to keep up with her Hawaii adventure “University of Hawaii – Hawaii Tours and College Life.”
My friends and I have been planning to night surf in Hawaii with the full moon for some time. We got lucky while we have been in Hawaii. The moon would be the closest to earth the night of the solstice. That meant it would be the best day of the year to night surf in Hawaii! It was Supermoon time!
We packed the van with the biggest boards we had but got side tracked in Chinatown. Chinatown throws the best block parties. Live music, dj’s, artists, art, and lots of food. We happened upon a vendor who was making the best looking gourmet spam musubi on planet Earth. And I had to try it! (by the way spam is my secret weakness.) After a great start to our night in Chinatown we hit the road at 10pm. It was raining really hard. We were getting worried that there wouldn’t be any moon at all. We arrived and parked at the Honolulu Zoo thinking that all hope was lost for our night surf in Hawaii adventure but then the rain passed! The moon was poking its head out side of the clouds; it was gorgeous. The silver light lit up the entire beach. You could clearly see out to the green, red, and blue glow sticks as they bobbed through the waves. Walking along Waikiki with our surfboards at night was such an interesting experience. The city was slow and quiet while we were making our way to the waves. Once we were on the beach a couple nice surfers that were coming in gave us their glow sticks.
We were complete. Looking like fishing lures we paddled out into the black and silver sea. There were about fifteen people out in the line up which was small for Waikiki. During the day, each peak could have fifty plus people out there. I was so excited! I got so many good waves without anyone else on them! The conditions were perfect the entire time. No wind and chest high easy waves rolling in. Since I could not quite make out the entire wave, my body was going on pure instinct. The adrenaline rush was amazing! Weaving through other surfers in the middle of the night. Crossing my fingers that no big animals decided to go swimming that same night. I scored some great rides that I will remember for a long time.
My group and I stayed out until we were the only ones left enjoying the night surf in Hawaii under the supermoon. It was 1:00 am when we finally made it back to shore. After surfing and walking through the deserted streets of Waikiki, I had a huge grin plastered on my face. Surfing just makes me smile. Surfing with a full moon makes me smile in my dreams! I can not wait for this month’s full moon to do it again.