Looking for the perfect wave? You'll probably find it on the North Shore, a surfers' paradise that offers up legendary big, glassy winter waves for world-class riders. Over 11 kilometers (seven miles) of beaches host the planet's top surfing competitions here: Catch the Super Bowl of big wave riding from November to February. Then from May to September, you're up! Waves are gentler and smaller, so grab a board, book a lesson and head out into the surf to join the Hawaiian heartbeat.