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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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 Gillin's

USA, Hawaii, Kauai

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Exacto

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Latitude: 21° 53.308' N
Longitude: 159° 24.906' W

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Follow road out of Poipu east, Road turns to dirt, follow until road until it "T"'s into another dirt road. Turn right. After security gate, there is a fork in the road. Stay right. Follow to parking lot at end of road. Take trail straight out to beach. Break straight out from tail
Note - security gate is locked from 6 Pm to 7 AM - dont stay too late or you will be locked in

English (Translate this text in English): Follow road out of Poipu east, Road turns to dirt, follow until road until it "T"'s into another dirt road. Turn right. After security gate, there is a fork in the road. Stay right. Follow to parking lot at end of road. Take trail straight out to beach. Break straight out from tail
Note - security gate is locked from 6 Pm to 7 AM - dont stay too late or you will be locked in

English (Translate this text in English): Follow road out of Poipu east, Road turns to dirt, follow until road until it "T"'s into another dirt road. Turn right. After security gate, there is a fork in the road. Stay right. Follow to parking lot at end of road. Take trail straight out to beach. Break straight out from tail
Note - security gate is locked from 6 Pm to 7 AM - dont stay too late or you will be locked in

English (Translate this text in English): Follow road out of Poipu east, Road turns to dirt, follow until road until it "T"'s into another dirt road. Turn right. After security gate, there is a fork in the road. Stay right. Follow to parking lot at end of road. Take trail straight out to beach. Break straight out from tail
Note - security gate is locked from 6 Pm to 7 AM - dont stay too late or you will be locked in

DistanceDon't know

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomFlat rocks

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to Don't know

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementDon't know

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

This is a nice little uncrowded break. Not nearly as intense as many south shore summer breaks. Predominantly a rt hander, but be looking for an occasional left. Left is shorter but can have some good power. The wave is generally not hollow, but is fast enough to be fun. Watch out for the inside section - there is some very shallow rocks & coral that you can get thrown on to. Get in & out of the water in front of the beach house , just to the west of the break to avoid the rocks. We surfed it up to 8 ft & it held just that swell just fine. Not sure how big it could hold. Just off to the west, there is a little sandy beach break in front of the Gillin Beach House- it's a funky little wave, but it can get some power & hollow. Good place to do a little body boarding or body surfing with the kids

English (Translate this text in English): This is a nice little uncrowded break. Not nearly as intense as many south shore summer breaks. Predominantly a rt hander, but be looking for an occasional left. Left is shorter but can have some good power. The wave is generally not hollow, but is fast enough to be fun. Watch out for the inside section - there is some very shallow rocks & coral that you can get thrown on to. Get in & out of the water in front of the beach house , just to the west of the break to avoid the rocks. We surfed it up to 8 ft & it held just that swell just fine. Not sure how big it could hold. Just off to the west, there is a little sandy beach break in front of the Gillin Beach House- it's a funky little wave, but it can get some power & hollow. Good place to do a little body boarding or body surfing with the kids

English (Translate this text in English): This is a nice little uncrowded break. Not nearly as intense as many south shore summer breaks. Predominantly a rt hander, but be looking for an occasional left. Left is shorter but can have some good power. The wave is generally not hollow, but is fast enough to be fun. Watch out for the inside section - there is some very shallow rocks & coral that you can get thrown on to. Get in & out of the water in front of the beach house , just to the west of the break to avoid the rocks. We surfed it up to 8 ft & it held just that swell just fine. Not sure how big it could hold. Just off to the west, there is a little sandy beach break in front of the Gillin Beach House- it's a funky little wave, but it can get some power & hollow. Good place to do a little body boarding or body surfing with the kids

English (Translate this text in English): This is a nice little uncrowded break. Not nearly as intense as many south shore summer breaks. Predominantly a rt hander, but be looking for an occasional left. Left is shorter but can have some good power. The wave is generally not hollow, but is fast enough to be fun. Watch out for the inside section - there is some very shallow rocks & coral that you can get thrown on to. Get in & out of the water in front of the beach house , just to the west of the break to avoid the rocks. We surfed it up to 8 ft & it held just that swell just fine. Not sure how big it could hold. Just off to the west, there is a little sandy beach break in front of the Gillin Beach House- it's a funky little wave, but it can get some power & hollow. Good place to do a little body boarding or body surfing with the kids

Atmosphere

We stayed at the Gillin beach house - if you are looking for a quiet get a way with some uncrowded surf, this might be the spot for you. I don't think in the week we were there that there was ever more than 2-4 people out.

English (Translate this text in English): We stayed at the Gillin beach house - if you are looking for a quiet get a way with some uncrowded surf, this might be the spot for you. I don't think in the week we were there that there was ever more than 2-4 people out.

English (Translate this text in English): We stayed at the Gillin beach house - if you are looking for a quiet get a way with some uncrowded surf, this might be the spot for you. I don't think in the week we were there that there was ever more than 2-4 people out.

English (Translate this text in English): We stayed at the Gillin beach house - if you are looking for a quiet get a way with some uncrowded surf, this might be the spot for you. I don't think in the week we were there that there was ever more than 2-4 people out.

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By johnny1mounth , 10-11-2010

Kauai surf mission. Day 7 - Found it. Surfed It. Liked It. Poipu area is super tourist style but Gillin's beach access is 2 miles of dirt road so it keeps out the tourist/ riff raff. Nice break, Good surfing anytime. Not Busy. Rocky break for sure but not shallow. Just be aware of the wave break point and pull out early. If you are going to surf the Poipu area Gillin's is the gem. Not hardcore but good. 8/10 (Johnny rating)

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