The Inspiration: The roar of the ocean and the adrenaline rush of riding killer waves at Pipeline in Blue Crush.
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When to Go: North Shore surf season is September to April.
Places to Stay: Turtle Bay Resort is the only North Shore-area resort on Oahu. Set on 880 oceanfront acres, it's home to Hans Hedemann's full-service surf school, offering free daily clinics as well as private lessons. Other must-do activities: a helicopter tour of Oahu's best surf breaks, a visit to the Dole pineapple plantation, and the Friday night luau complete with hula dancing. The resort offers a "North Shore Romance" package, which includes a daily breakfast buffet, wine and strawberries, a rental car, and accommodation (from $492.00 per night), or upgrade to a beach cottage with its own concierge and Hawaiian-style afternoon tea service (from $750 per night). If you're ready for bigger waves, sign up with Darrick Doerner's Surf Education Adventure. Meant for intermediate to advanced surfers looking to hone their skills, Doerner, a tow-surfing pioneer, will give you one-on-one instruction at Oahu's secret surf spots. Doerner will help find you a place to stay in North Oahu; expect private vacation rentals or a modest beachfront bungalow like those at Keiki Beach. Rates start around $185 per night, and lessons are $250 per couple, per day and up, based on intensity of training.
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