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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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 Makena

USA, Hawaii, Maui

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drive past kihei.'Big Beach' they call it -- a huge stretch of coarse golden sand without a house or hotel for miles. Maui citizens campaigned successfully to preserve this beloved beach from development. At the right-hand end of the beach rises the beautiful hill called Pu'u Ola'i, a perfect cinder cone. A climb over the rocks at this end leads to 'Little Beach,' where the (technically illegal) clothing-optional attitude prevails.

English (Translate this text in English): drive past kihei.'Big Beach' they call it -- a huge stretch of coarse golden sand without a house or hotel for miles. Maui citizens campaigned successfully to preserve this beloved beach from development. At the right-hand end of the beach rises the beautiful hill called Pu'u Ola'i, a perfect cinder cone. A climb over the rocks at this end leads to 'Little Beach,' where the (technically illegal) clothing-optional attitude prevails.

English (Translate this text in English): drive past kihei.'Big Beach' they call it -- a huge stretch of coarse golden sand without a house or hotel for miles. Maui citizens campaigned successfully to preserve this beloved beach from development. At the right-hand end of the beach rises the beautiful hill called Pu'u Ola'i, a perfect cinder cone. A climb over the rocks at this end leads to 'Little Beach,' where the (technically illegal) clothing-optional attitude prevails.

English (Translate this text in English): drive past kihei.'Big Beach' they call it -- a huge stretch of coarse golden sand without a house or hotel for miles. Maui citizens campaigned successfully to preserve this beloved beach from development. At the right-hand end of the beach rises the beautiful hill called Pu'u Ola'i, a perfect cinder cone. A climb over the rocks at this end leads to 'Little Beach,' where the (technically illegal) clothing-optional attitude prevails.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

closeout most of the time

English (Translate this text in English): closeout most of the time

English (Translate this text in English): closeout most of the time

English (Translate this text in English): closeout most of the time

Atmosphere

fun spot, good place to learn how to ride the barrel. Good for skimming and bodyboarding mainly, has a few breaks that could be surfed with a shortboard

English (Translate this text in English): fun spot, good place to learn how to ride the barrel. Good for skimming and bodyboarding mainly, has a few breaks that could be surfed with a shortboard

English (Translate this text in English): fun spot, good place to learn how to ride the barrel. Good for skimming and bodyboarding mainly, has a few breaks that could be surfed with a shortboard

English (Translate this text in English): fun spot, good place to learn how to ride the barrel. Good for skimming and bodyboarding mainly, has a few breaks that could be surfed with a shortboard

General

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 Doc. Alex , 27-02-2007

Spinal Injuries - This beach along with Sandy Beach (Oahu) have the most severe spinal injuries in the world. I am not joking. I have seen two accidents where people got paralyzed for EVER! Watch out! I am for real. In addition, there have been many shark attacks all along this beach. I dive a lot around here and i have seen many many TIGERS.

By Anonymous , 20-08-2006

how man! - just got back from maui man this place got heavy it was only about 4 feet but heavey as hell my little bro popped his shoulder on a closeout and is still hurting now

By vlasaty.d@ghc.org , 02-09-2005

10 foot barrels - I grew up on Maui and hit this spot a lot with my surfboard. It's mostly shorebreaks for bodysurfing and boogie boards, but in the right conditions, you can surf the left reef when you don't feel like driving to dumps or La Perouse.During a storm, this kicks on Sandy Beach.

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