Boost in swell means more customers for Waikiki businesses

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The last day of jellyfish influx and the high surf advisory weren’t enough to keep beachgoers away.

People packed Waikiki Beach looking for a bit of action on the waves and that always means good news for some businesses.

Visitors Mike Frame and Samantha Davidson took surf lessons before they hit the water.

“I suppose you’re in Hawaii, so surfing’s where it came from, so thought we give it a go here,” Frame said.

It’s not the first time for the visitors from New Zealand.

“We’ve surfed before a few times in Bali, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, but obviously no pro so thought we’d get lessons,” Frame said.

They’re just two of many people helping local businesses on Waikiki Beach.

On a day like Tuesday, a boost in waves means a boost in revenue.

“Another 25 to 30 percent maybe,” surf instructor Mike Sisiam said.

Business is steadily growing at Star Beachboys and it’s expected to remain that way for the next couple of days.

“It was smaller this morning, but it’s starting to fill in now, little better,” Sisiam said.

Another company on the beach, Hawaiian Oceans Waikiki, also credits the swell for an increase in customers.

“It’s really good because the waves coming in, so the tourists wanna go and try it,” surf instructor Kevin Okimoto said.

Surf instructors believe safety always comes first, warning tourists and making sure they don’t go out if it’s too dangerous.

“Sir, if it’s your first time, I wouldn’t recommend going out right now. going out too deep. Because the swell’s coming in,” a staff member said.

“We bring them on the inside where it’s safer so they don’t get hurt,” Okimoto said.

For those who went out, it was an unforgettable experience.

“Unbelievable feeling. Perfect,” Australia visitor Jackson Drewett said. “Got some good footage out there.”

“It’s a lot of paddling, but it’s also a lot of fun,” Sisiam said.

“Ready to have some fun,” Frame said.

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