Surf's up! 10 of the best beaches for beginners to catch waves

Starting to get stoked for surfing has never been easier – as long as you know which U.S. beaches are best for catching your first ride. Many coastal areas across the country offer fantastic surfing and welcome beginners with laid-back waves, as well as surf schools with experienced instructors.

Most likely, you won’t be the only novice surfer on the beach. The sport is becoming more popular than ever, as for the first time in history, surfing will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Ready to catch some waves? You’ll need some practice before you can get barreled, do aerial tricks or perform cutbacks. Check out these great surfing spots across America that are ideal for beginners (also called "groms" in the surfing world).

These scenic coastal destinations feature beautiful beaches, friendly crowds and an overall fun wave-catching experience.

Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach, Oahu — Photo courtesy of Marla Cimini

Waikiki Beach, Oahu — Photo courtesy of Marla Cimini

With a backdrop of majestic Diamond Head State Monument, Waikiki Beach is a legendary surfer’s paradise with mellow waves, fascinating surf culture and plenty of aloha spirit.

Tammy Moniz is with Moniz Family Surf, an Oahu surf school that she runs with her husband and adult children – all professional surfers.

She explains, "We treasure our history here and we enjoy sharing our Hawaiian culture and love of surfing with visitors every day. Waikiki is one of the best places to learn how to surf and most importantly, to progress, because it offers long, rolling waves, as well as time and space on the wave to learn how to cross-step and actually think."

She added, "We have lifeguards, and warm water and air temperatures throughout the year. Plus, there are always waves here, even if they are small. It’s truly a playground for surfers, whether you’re just starting out or advanced.”

In addition to Moniz Family Surf, beginners can find surf lessons at several places along the beach in Waikiki, including Waikiki Beach Services and Gone Surfing Hawaii.