Hawaii, located 2,090 miles southwest of the U.S. mainland, is commonly recognized as surfing's birthplace, as well as its spiritual home. "If there's a church of surfing like there's a church of baseball," novelist Kem Nunn wrote in 1993, "certainly Hawaii is its Mecca." Hawaii's four major islands (Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii) have a combined 820 miles of coastline; air and water temperatures ...

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