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Kokomo Private Island Fiji
Opened last year, Kokomo Private Island Fiji is everyone's favorite Beach Boys song come to life, though that's not where it gets its moniker (the Australian owner actually named this stunning private island after his first sailing dinghy).
Learning to surf here is not for the faint of heart, with waves ideal for intermediate to advanced riders. But if you're up for the challenge, lessons are complimentary at the resort. Get your feet wet on the resort's beach, then board a boat to catch waves on the reef. All the boards used for lessons are made by local companies, including soft longboards that are great for first-timers.
Photo: Kokomo Private Island Fiji
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows In Santa Monica, California
Teaming up with the pros at Malibu Surf Shack, a local mainstay since 1972, Fairmont Miramar launched a package called "Miramar to Malibu" this summer, providing not only lessons but an immersive surfing experience. Take a short ride up the Pacific Coast Highway from the hotel for a day of surfing, including private instruction by local surfers, complimentary Vilebrequin rash guards and a beach picnic packed by the resort's Fig Restaurant to enjoy afterward. If you're looking for the quintessential SoCal surf day, this is the real deal.
Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina In Kapolei, Hawaii
If you're a beginner, summer is the time to surf in Oahu. This is when the smaller swells begin to roll in. Stay at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina and take a lesson from a local at nearby Pokai Bay Beach Park or Makaha Beach Park, whose name means "fierce" in Hawaiian. That's exactly how you'll feel, too, once you find your balance.
Want more surf culture? The luxury oceanfront resort has partnered with Welzie, a Hawaiian artist who creates resin surfboards, to offer guests the chance to commission an original art piece and even spend time with Welzie in his studio.
Photo: Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
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