We arrived just after lunchtime in Honolulu after a relatively short 4 and a half hour flight from San Francisco. The weather was beautiful – mostly blue skies, with a dash of clouds and the temperature was 28C. After a quick stop at our hotel to drop off our bags, we headed straight for Waikiki beach. Waikiki is the surf capital of the world, and it doesn’t take long to see why! The swell here is amazing: a constant stream of 1-2m waves. There were literally hundreds of surfers sitting on their boards out at sea waiting to time their next wave.
Our hotel offers complimentary body boards, so we were able to get straight in and give it a go. To catch a wave you have to start paddling towards shore, and get enough speed for the wave to catch you. If you time it right, then the wave can carry you hundreds of meters the whole way back to shore. After about half an hour of trying, I was struggling to catch any waves. I noticed that most of the other body boarders were wearing fins (flippers), so I decided to get some of my own.
The flippers made it a lot easier, both Aimi and I were able to catch some really long waves. We spent the rest of the afternoon practising our bodyboarding skills, but we still have a long way to go – some of the pro’s here can surf on their body board, even though it’s only half the length of a surf board!