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Directly across from Hanalei Bay surf area and is the just off the main highway. Is located at the West side of Hanalei Bay. Parking is there at the side of the main highway through town and a very short five minute walk after parking.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
PowerFast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide position
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Easy to get to. Parking along the main highway. Easy walk to the spot. Paddle out very short to the lineup and you're assisted by the current, even on big swells. Makes it much easier than the 20 minute paddle at Hanalei Bay. Staying on the roadside of the break, there is a very steep right that is hollow at times. Further over, there is a few take-off spots for a fairly long left. That take-off is not as critical, more forgiving and tends to wall up in front of you as you race on down the line. Problem getting caught inside with reef and the sharp items in the shallow water though. Can be surfed by all surfers at small sizes, but experienced only at surf over 10'.
Will hold a large swell for the goofy footer. Has a very long left and a short but steep right during larger swells. Crowds are not as aggressive as Hanalei Bay and even at 3'-6' has a very playful break. But, at the much larger size 12'-22' can be a challenge, yet managable to the experienced surfer. Closes out when larger than this. In between size swells are handled by the spot too. Not nearly as crowded as the Bay and not much localism either.
Great overall spot for the surfer and his family. Not crowded at all. No problems with access other than the very short trail from road level to the beach where you have to climb down a tree. Easier than it sounds though. Handles small to large swells from a variety of angles, but with most Northshore spots, works best during the winter months.
By Anonymous , 23-04-2010
question - what is name of surf spot in movie island magic. on kauai i think had t shaped wood pier and then a reef out in front of it. it was the most beautiful place i have ever seen. hate to sound like a geek but im curious. didnt see it mentioned in any of these spots.....im from florida.....thanks.....
By Anonymous , 24-12-2008
- Tell a couple waikoko memories so one day it was kinda big... about 8' maybe...this was in the days when nobody used leashes... So I'm paddling like crazy so I don't get stomped by the approaching set...big set... and I make the first one... nobody knew about duck diving in those days...this was by the peak part...closest to the pali.... and then comes the second one...bigger.. and that beautiful waikoko dark green... and its clean and its big... and if i had tried i couldnt have picked the impact zone better... so I grab my board... wrapped my arms and legs around it in a bear hug for dear life.... didn't wanna go swim for my board... but faster than the blink of an eye the wave took the board out of my bear hug like i was nothing. 7'6 it was...yellow keo and osh special...it went flying and I hadda go chase it... so thats one story
heres the other... so one day i was out at Waikoko... ad i catch this wave...nice one...maybe 6 or 7 feet... and I'm like in the clear and having fun and then all of a sudden my board stops and I keep going.... i landed in such a way where i could bodysurf in on the same wave i was riding.... but heres the thing...it wasnt the reef that stopped my board... I was too high on the wave and still out far enough where the reef wasnt a factor.... I never did find out wht stopped my board...but it stopped cold... it came in on the next wave... I looked it over and no dings or anything.. never did figure it out....
nother waikoko story... theres a movie out there some place that Eric Johnson made one day... if its still around in some dusty box some place.... so i catch this wave.. and its not real bu=ig that day...maybe head or shoulder high...and i go for the head dip...and i never got out of it...it was like taking a shower for 50 or 75 feet... lip smashing my head all the way...couldnt see where i was going... musta looked hilarious on film.... i never got to see the movie...
that brings to mind another story... but it was pakala... maybe it was 6 or 8 feet.... so i take off and make the turn at the bottom and theres this section... and i almost make it...but not quite... so i'm in the foam trying to make the glass... but its like im not gaining ground and I'm not losing ground... just stuck in the foam about two feet from where i can get out of it and onto the face... but it must looked funny... there was these two guys paddling out and they came real close to where i had been on this thing stuck in the foam for maybe 10 seconds already...paddling with one hand hard to try to catch up the break... so as these guys get close i see they are laughing...and the one guy says when he gets within ear range..."what you doing haole? you nuts or what?" it was so funny i fell off my board laughing... we musta laughed for a couple minutes.... those were the days....
By hodad , 02-08-2007
jerkoffs - never seen such a disrespectful bunch of meth heads in my life. you greedy, ungrateful muhfuckas should show a little enthusiasm to those keeping your bum asses from starving and bringing some money to you. i can't believe you call yourselves surfers. you're no better than a bunch of thugs regulatin their turf. keep smokin that ice, you're goin nowhere.
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