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 Photo by Sergio GOes

Love Waikiki’s surf breaks, but hate battling the crowds? It really is possible to surf an uncrowded Canoes or a quiet Queens—at night. With the bright lights of Kal-akaua Avenue and a mostly full moon, night surfing is hardly scary. There are usually other thrill seekers in the lineup, and once your eyes adjust, it’s easy to see approaching waves. “Nothing beats standing up on your first wave in the dark,” says surfer Katie Richards. “It’s like eating with your eyes closed—every sensation is heightened.” Just make sure you surf well enough during the day before paddling out at night. 

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