Bodysurfing Makapuu Beach will stir you to your soul
Surfing and bodysurfing are two of the most iconic sports representing Hawaii. Bodysurfing Makapuu Beach is even more iconic. It’s a great workout and a lot of fun when you’re with friends. If you’ve got a photographer friend with a waterproof camera or a gopro for yourself you can also get some pretty good shots that are perfect for your Instagram.
Bodysurfing v. Surfing v. Bodyboarding
The difference between surfing, bodysurfing and bodyboarding has to do with what kind of equipment you’re using. Surfing uses the traditional surfboard that you see in all of the pictures. Bodysurfing Makapuu Beach requires fins, but no board. I think it’s more difficult to body surf because it requires a lot more strategy and body power to maneuver a wave and actually “catch it.” Bodyboarding uses a small body-board that’s about half of your body size. Bodyboarding is the easiest out of the three because it’s the same as surfing but without standing up. When I first started surfing, I practiced with bodyboarding because it taught me the sensation of “catching a wave” and the difference in feeling of being pushed by water compared to actually catching a wave.
Where to start as a newbie
If you’re a newbie to surfing, I would start off at Baby Makapuu. That’s where everyone learns how to surf, including myself. The waves are gentle, but strong enough to push you. There’s not any crazy current that’ll whip you out to sea, and the parking is relatively abundant. The break also isn’t that far from the shoreline so your paddle out won’t be for that long. When you’re first starting out surfing you’ll learn that you get tired pretty quickly because surfing employs a lot of your muscles. It’s a full workout, but a great one!