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Latitude: 20° 54.991' N
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Drive east from Kahului , towards Paia bay. The break is right off the highway on the left, just before Paia bay, next to the basketball courts and the Teen Center.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Ordinary, Fun, Powerless
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionDon't know
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementDon't know
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Very nice spot to go to during the winter. Summer time its a very small shorebreak, not worth your time, maybe just for swimming. But during the winter its a amazing wave. The main breaks are right outside in the middle. Line yourself up with the basketball courts for the middle break. Its a solid right, very long ride when its big.
Theres another break waay out to the right, but its a long paddle but well worth it. The left break is way out towards the rocks sticking out, paddle out past where you see the Youth/Teen center on shore. Thats the left break, its kind of sloppy , but can barrel very nicely once in a while.
Paia bay can be very deceiving as you paddle out. A 10-14 foot wave has the power of a 5 footer. A 10 foot face wave breaking in front of you while duck diving will do almost nothing to you. It really through me off how these waves were. They can get really big, very fast and glassy, but arent as strong as they look. Paia Bay is a fun spot to surf at , then eat some local grinds at the shops nearby.
Parking in Paia can be a pain. I used to work for Diamond parking and gave out thousands of tickets here lol. But Im no longer there so maybe the new guys are lazy about it, :p Saw Gwen Stefani here back in Sept. 07 just hanging out in Paia she was cool, goes to Mana foods alot too. The vibe in Paia is totally cool during the day, but turns to crap after dark, best to leave then.
By Anonymous , 20-05-2010
PAIA BAY - AKA Diarreha bay, brown water when big surf or alot of rain. Body board in front of youth center. surf to the right. Can get good rides but not the best wave to surf on the island. Beach has nice sandy slope and right next to Paia town.
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