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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Mahai'ula Bay

USA, Hawaii, Hawaii Island

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Off of Hwy 19 exit between mile markers 90-91. I think there is a sign that says Kona Coast State Park. The road is relly bad, but you DO NOT need a 4x4. I would suggest a truck or SUV though. However, I have seen rental cars drive it. It is about a 10 min drive to the end. If you are going to surf, DO NOT go to the Boat Launch, stop about 100yards before the boat launch parking lot and take the lava trail to the right. This trail will come out at the North end of the beach near the old Magoon house (abandoned, big red house). You can paddle right out to the point from here. BE WARNED, it is a good 10 min paddle out and at least 15 min paddle in!! Oh, the gate off the Hwy opens at 9am.

English (Translate this text in English): Off of Hwy 19 exit between mile markers 90-91. I think there is a sign that says Kona Coast State Park. The road is relly bad, but you DO NOT need a 4x4. I would suggest a truck or SUV though. However, I have seen rental cars drive it. It is about a 10 min drive to the end. If you are going to surf, DO NOT go to the Boat Launch, stop about 100yards before the boat launch parking lot and take the lava trail to the right. This trail will come out at the North end of the beach near the old Magoon house (abandoned, big red house). You can paddle right out to the point from here. BE WARNED, it is a good 10 min paddle out and at least 15 min paddle in!! Oh, the gate off the Hwy opens at 9am.

English (Translate this text in English): Off of Hwy 19 exit between mile markers 90-91. I think there is a sign that says Kona Coast State Park. The road is relly bad, but you DO NOT need a 4x4. I would suggest a truck or SUV though. However, I have seen rental cars drive it. It is about a 10 min drive to the end. If you are going to surf, DO NOT go to the Boat Launch, stop about 100yards before the boat launch parking lot and take the lava trail to the right. This trail will come out at the North end of the beach near the old Magoon house (abandoned, big red house). You can paddle right out to the point from here. BE WARNED, it is a good 10 min paddle out and at least 15 min paddle in!! Oh, the gate off the Hwy opens at 9am.

English (Translate this text in English): Off of Hwy 19 exit between mile markers 90-91. I think there is a sign that says Kona Coast State Park. The road is relly bad, but you DO NOT need a 4x4. I would suggest a truck or SUV though. However, I have seen rental cars drive it. It is about a 10 min drive to the end. If you are going to surf, DO NOT go to the Boat Launch, stop about 100yards before the boat launch parking lot and take the lava trail to the right. This trail will come out at the North end of the beach near the old Magoon house (abandoned, big red house). You can paddle right out to the point from here. BE WARNED, it is a good 10 min paddle out and at least 15 min paddle in!! Oh, the gate off the Hwy opens at 9am.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Kona Coast State Park

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

PowerPowerful, Fun, Powerless

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

The paddle is a killer, but well worth it once you get out and take a 5 min breather before surfing! This is 90% a right break, if you are crazy, you can shoot it left but it is short due to the rocks. You may want to paddle out from the south end of the beach parallel to the sand from the south point, it may be easier, than straight out, but the distance is the same.

English (Translate this text in English): The paddle is a killer, but well worth it once you get out and take a 5 min breather before surfing! This is 90% a right break, if you are crazy, you can shoot it left but it is short due to the rocks. You may want to paddle out from the south end of the beach parallel to the sand from the south point, it may be easier, than straight out, but the distance is the same.

English (Translate this text in English): The paddle is a killer, but well worth it once you get out and take a 5 min breather before surfing! This is 90% a right break, if you are crazy, you can shoot it left but it is short due to the rocks. You may want to paddle out from the south end of the beach parallel to the sand from the south point, it may be easier, than straight out, but the distance is the same.

English (Translate this text in English): The paddle is a killer, but well worth it once you get out and take a 5 min breather before surfing! This is 90% a right break, if you are crazy, you can shoot it left but it is short due to the rocks. You may want to paddle out from the south end of the beach parallel to the sand from the south point, it may be easier, than straight out, but the distance is the same.

Atmosphere

This wave is awesome!!!! This is by far my favorite place on the whole island to surf! It is wide open, mostly sandy bottom and even if crowded (10-15 surfers) there is plenty of room. On a big day this place rocks!!! Great right break with plenty of room. However, this is a cloud break not a hollow wave..not very steep. If the outside is too big for you, you can hang on the inside and get some great left overs. Body boards and all surfers welcome. The last day I was out was Christmas Eve 2001, it was 8-10 ft and sweet! I had the great opportunity to surf with Jerry Seinfeld who was staying at the 4 Seasons Resort and was out with a local surfing guide. I cannot say enough about this place, it is great....on 12/26, the surf was 12ft on the outside. Once out there it can be deceiving, the sweels look like they are 20ft+, but mellow out before they break....good stuff!!

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is awesome!!!! This is by far my favorite place on the whole island to surf! It is wide open, mostly sandy bottom and even if crowded (10-15 surfers) there is plenty of room. On a big day this place rocks!!! Great right break with plenty of room. However, this is a cloud break not a hollow wave..not very steep. If the outside is too big for you, you can hang on the inside and get some great left overs. Body boards and all surfers welcome. The last day I was out was Christmas Eve 2001, it was 8-10 ft and sweet! I had the great opportunity to surf with Jerry Seinfeld who was staying at the 4 Seasons Resort and was out with a local surfing guide. I cannot say enough about this place, it is great....on 12/26, the surf was 12ft on the outside. Once out there it can be deceiving, the sweels look like they are 20ft+, but mellow out before they break....good stuff!!

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is awesome!!!! This is by far my favorite place on the whole island to surf! It is wide open, mostly sandy bottom and even if crowded (10-15 surfers) there is plenty of room. On a big day this place rocks!!! Great right break with plenty of room. However, this is a cloud break not a hollow wave..not very steep. If the outside is too big for you, you can hang on the inside and get some great left overs. Body boards and all surfers welcome. The last day I was out was Christmas Eve 2001, it was 8-10 ft and sweet! I had the great opportunity to surf with Jerry Seinfeld who was staying at the 4 Seasons Resort and was out with a local surfing guide. I cannot say enough about this place, it is great....on 12/26, the surf was 12ft on the outside. Once out there it can be deceiving, the sweels look like they are 20ft+, but mellow out before they break....good stuff!!

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is awesome!!!! This is by far my favorite place on the whole island to surf! It is wide open, mostly sandy bottom and even if crowded (10-15 surfers) there is plenty of room. On a big day this place rocks!!! Great right break with plenty of room. However, this is a cloud break not a hollow wave..not very steep. If the outside is too big for you, you can hang on the inside and get some great left overs. Body boards and all surfers welcome. The last day I was out was Christmas Eve 2001, it was 8-10 ft and sweet! I had the great opportunity to surf with Jerry Seinfeld who was staying at the 4 Seasons Resort and was out with a local surfing guide. I cannot say enough about this place, it is great....on 12/26, the surf was 12ft on the outside. Once out there it can be deceiving, the sweels look like they are 20ft+, but mellow out before they break....good stuff!!

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Fun!

English (Translate this text in English): Fun!

English (Translate this text in English): Fun!

English (Translate this text in English): Fun!

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By Anonymous , 01-10-2009

If Velzy's and Honalua are macking - If its a huge west swell and your stuck on the Big Island then this place is figure eight city,from your first bottom turn to your cut back you've usually got one fin couple feet of rail in the water and throwing buckets.But if its under 4-6 it's not worth the paddle plenty other spots.I lived on Kona Coast in the early nineties access was alot more limited to this and most other spots in this area so I'm sure the crowd sucks BE HUMBLE if visiting and you will earn more RESPECT at any spot with locals.

By Anonymous , 16-01-2008

Miracle in paradise - Needs a lot of swell to work, there are NO lefts due to the rocks. The paddle out is very strenous and paddling back in after 3-4 hours will burn your arms. Deceptively big and powerful sets will trash the lineup, beware of boards dancing down the whitewash. Good leftovers on the inside. Difficult access and needs a large west swell, but worth it.

By pprider , 04-04-2002

it ain't j-bay - I surfed this wave Easter Sun. at a couple ft. overhead and it was fun. Be yourself but if you're a dick,be someone else

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