Surf's Up! Hit the Waves with Hilton Head Outfitters
Few things embody summer fun like surfing. This centuries-old water sport has drawn beach lovers and adrenaline junkies craving the thrill of the one-of-a-kind experience of feeling one with the waves. Surfing originated with Polynesian tribes, and is a huge part of Hawaiian culture, deeply woven into the fabric of the island’s society and spirituality.
Surfing has evolved from carved tree trunks to light, hydrodynamic surf boards, incredibly accurate wave forecasts, wet suits, and taking on bigger waves. Today, more than 20 million people worldwide practice the sport and take to the surf, chasing the high of riding the perfect wave.
The steady, small waves of Hilton Head Island are the perfect place to “wet” your appetite for surfing. The surf lessons offered by Hilton Head Outfitters are a fun addition to any Palmetto Dunes vacation. Our surf lessons emphasize ocean safety and surfing fundamentals. You can sign up for private instruction, or join a group lesson! Surf lessons take place twice a day, Monday to Friday, and are 90 minutes long. To best help you find your feet, the times for our surf classes vary daily depending on the tides.
Our surfing lessons are open to all experience levels. Whether you’re seven or 70, we know you’ll have a blast learning to surf under the summer sun on Palmetto Beach! Pre-registration is required for all surf lessons. Please call 866-380-1783 to book your spot.
If you already know your way around a wave, what are you waiting for? Rent a surf board from Hilton Head Outfitters and set out to sea! Our Surf tech surf boards come in 8 ft. and 9 ft. lengths and are available to rent by the day or week. Surf’s up, dude!
Our knowledgeable instructors can answer any questions you may have about this historic ocean sport, but to get your feet wet, here are five fun surfing facts you may not know.
5 FUN SURFING FACTS
1. Surfing was first described in 1778 by Joseph Banks, a botanist traveling with Captain James Cook aboard the HMS Endeavour. While docked in Tahiti, Banks made every effort to learn more about the locals, their language, and their customs. One morning in May he recorded in his journal that he came upon Tahitians amusing themselves “in a manner truly surprising,” paddling a light canoe out into the surf and jumping in to ride the waves towards the shore.
2. The father of modern surfing is Hawaiian athlete Duke Kahanamoku. He was an Olympic swimmer who started a surf club on Waikiki Beach in the early 20th century. He’s considered by many to be the greatest surfer of all time.
3. Many of the fibers and technologies that transformed surf boards, such as Styrofoam and fiberglass, were invented during World War II.
4. The record for longest surf ride is 3 hours and 55 minutes, set by Gary Saavedra surfing an artificial wave along the Panama Canal in 2011.
5. Even dogs love to surf! Proof of surfing dogs dates back to 1920. Today there are even dog surfing competitions—the most famous being the Annual Surf City Surf Dog Contest in Huntington Beach, California.