Surfing on Kauai

Return to Experience Kauai

If I were to ask you what instantly comes to mind if I said, “Hawaii,” what would you say? The beach? The weather? The hula girls? No, because, “you is one smart buggah and said surfing instead.”

Surfing is to Hawaii, as hockey is to Canada.

Very much so that whenever I mentioned to people on the mainland that I live in Hawaii, it eventually reaches that point in the conversation of, “Oh, I don’t surf though.” The usual response is, “You live in Hawaii and you don’t surf?” Yes, I don’t surf, but let me go ahead and write you this surfing article anyway.

In comparison to our neighboring islands of Oahu and Maui, surfing on Kauai has been more recreational than competitive. We currently have two annual competitions: The Live Like Sion GromFest and the Iron’s Brothers Pine Trees Classic. The GromFest takes place in Poipu at Prince Kuhio Park, while the Pine Trees Classic is held in Hanalei at Waioli Beach Park or Pine Trees Beach. Now, before you start charging the waters, keep in mind that both events are for the kids and it is nothing but a friendly contest for all. If you’re in the area, you’re more than welcome to come out and support! If your children would like to participate, then by all means, let it be an absolute memorable experience for the family!

Dates may vary due to weather, but stay updated with our event’s calendar for more information, such as registration and contest dates, as they are made available. 

In case you were wondering, the annual events are in honor of two local Kauai surfers Sion Milosky and Andy Irons. Milosky, a respected big wave surfer; Irons, a highly decorated competitor. Both shared a great intensity for surfing and it was only appropriate for their legacy to be about giving back to those who share the same passion in their craft. 

"I surf because... it keeps my life at an even keel, without it I would tip into oblivion"

- Andy Irons