Hanging loose on the North Shore of Kauai is the norm. As one of the meccas of surfing in Hawaii, there is no better place to learn, polish your skills, and even catch some waves with pros than Hanalei Bay in Kauai. For those that prefer to watch (surfing voyeurs), don’t worry. You have a gorgeous backdrop with lush mountains, beautiful bay, and a long, sandy beach to enjoy while the surfers paddle out, catch, ride, and rip the North Shore waves.
However, once a month on the first Saturday, a special event draws the surfing community away from the beach to the Old School Building in Hanalei (aka Hanalei Surf Company). From 9am-noon, surfers from all across the island convene at the Hanalei Surfboard Swap for a chance to sell, buy, or trade boards. At the board swap, the prices range from a little under a hundred dollars to well over a thousand bucks, but you can find just the right board for you and your ability, including fish boards, malibus, shortboards, guns, and even some other gear for other water sports like stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), outrigger canoeing, and wind or kite surfing.