Be Ready for Reef Breaks
Many of the waves on Guam break in shallow water over coral reefs. In other words, make sure you know what you’re doing if you paddle out.
Talo’fo’fo Bay is an exception—a beach break. This bay’s sandy bottom makes it a more forgiving spot for beginners. Surf schools usually choose Talo’fo’fo Bay for this reason.
Put Safety First
Surfers should be strong swimmers, first and foremost. Guam is known for its strong rip currents. If you get separated from your board, you need to be confident in your ability to return to shore.
Never surf alone, and check the ocean conditions before you head out.
Know Your Surf Etiquette
Surfing follows a specific set of rules. These guidelines help keep everyone safe in the water, prevent collisions, and enforce basic courtesies that apply the world around.
- The person who takes off closest to where the wave breaks has priority over everyone else.
- Don’t paddle out right in the middle of the lineup (where other surfers are sitting and waiting for the wave). Instead, paddle wide, ideally in a spot where the wave isn’t breaking. This will keep you from getting in the way of someone who’s up and riding the wave. It will also make it easier for you to get past the breakers.
If you need a tutorial (or a refresher) on surf etiquette, check out this guide from our Pacific neighbors at Kahaluʻu Surf & Sea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.
Respect the Locals
The surf scene on Guam can be a tougher one to break into for a newcomer. Remember that you’re starting out as a guest. Offer the same respect to Guam’s local surfers as you would in someone else’s home.
Book a Lesson
If you’re new to surfing, an hour or two with an instructor will make a world of difference. If you’re new to Guam, booking a lesson with a local expert can give you a good lay of the land. We recommend Lotus Surf Shop in Tamuning.
Where to Surf on Guam