Following our series of what we love about the North Shore of Oahu….Turtles, turtles, turtles everywhere! When taking a surfing lesson or Stand Up Paddle Board on the North Shore of Oahu you will be sure to see turtles basking in the sun, swimming in the surf or cruising down the Anahulu Stream all the while popping there adorable turtle heads up to say hi. It’s hard to not stop teaching a surfing lesson if just for a moment to say hi back to our precious green friends. I call it TADD…Turtle Attention Deficit Disorder and have named all the turtles on the North Shore Nemo. Why did I name them all Nemo? Because I can!
Surfing Lessons with Geen Sea Turtles May Soon Be a thing of the Past for Oahu Visitors and Locals alike.
It’s no secret that the North Shore is teaming with green sea turtles… We see them at virtually every surfing lesson that we give. Weighing up to 700lbs and living as long as 80 years, they are gentle beautiful creatures that have graced the oceans for as long as 150 million years. With rare exceptions surfers don’t chase them, feed them or harass them in any way. The result is that surfers and turtles live in harmony in the surf and on the beautiful beaches of the North Shore and around the island of Oahu even including Waikiki.
When giving a surfing lesson, I often joke with my students that I have TADD, or Turtle Attention Deficit Disorder, because when ever I see a turtle I’m compelled to say “hi” as he or she pops it’s head up for a breath of air in the surf. One day we even rescued a little one that had fishing line wrapped all around it’s neck and flippers. Saving that young turtles long life was a beautiful moment for me and my friend, Christi.
It was not always that way back in In 1973, biologist researching the Hawaiian green sea […]
Surfing lessons in Hawaii are best on the North Shore of Oahu for a variety of reasons. First the crowds are way less then the most popular Waikiki surfing Beaches, but that’s only the beginning of the story. The North Shore’s beaches and waters are the cleanest on the Island of Oahu and where else can you learn to surf with sea turtles.