Pull in at the guardrail heading down to Kalihiwai Beach Park and you have a grandstand to watch local surfers take a sweet ride into the bay—while trying to avoid a head-on with the cliff. This break is favored by some of Kauai’s best wahine (female) surfers.
Kauai has two of the state’s better spots to learn to surf, at Hanalei Bay on the north shore and at Poipu Beach on the south. But surfing is a great spectator sport. Events are always free, even at the famed pro surfing competitions on Oahu’s North Shore. But many events are unscheduled: when the surf is up, they will come. See page 22 of Kauai Trailblazer for the seven best places to watch surfers; all Trailblazer Travel Books include the best spots to be a spectator.