I saw several posts on the forums about splitting a longer amount of time in Kauai between several locations, and while I found them helpful, I wondered if given my specific interests, I could get anyone's opinion on the following.
I'm traveling with one other person to Kauai in mid September. We are both adventure lovers, surfers (longboarders), but also just wanna relax and chill on the beach in a lounge chair under an umbrella. While we have some prerequisite outings planned (Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Mt. Waialeale helicopter tour), we also will have a 4x4 rental and plan on seeing lots of the island.
A big focus of our trip will be on surfing (again, longboarding specifically). We are both beginner-intermediates and from what I can gather, there are good breaks around the island. We are basically looking for mellow, fun waves, keeping in mind we've heard from close friends about localism. I also realize certain shores get bigger swells in summer/winter but since we're going in the fall, it's been hard to find resources online that talk about September conditions. If anyone has any thoughts on that, it'd be great to hear!
We are also thinking of dividing our time between Hanalei/Princeville and Poipu and surroundings. If anyone wants to advise on best breaks for our level, or if you have any recommended shops to rent longbaords, please let me know.