In addition to the aloha spirit, one of Hawaii’s gifts to the United States and the world is surfing. And the two go hand-in-hand. The surfer who wakes at dawn to get the best break is in sync with the motion of the planet and the sea, living in the aloha spirit. After a day on the ocean, another side of aloha—the embrace of friendship and fun—is central to the surfer equivalent of après-ski. That can be found around a campfire on the beach or at a popular surfer hangout, where the only attitude you’ll find is a warm welcome. If you aren’t headed to Hawaii, the best aspects of surfer culture can also be found on Oregon’s rugged coast. Catch waves at Manzanita beach and then make friends at the Pelican Pub in Pacific City.
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