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Latitude: 21° 35.649' N
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Turn on side road next to Haleiwa Joes / Haleiwa Boat Harbor. Ali'i Beach Parl is on the Right. Paddle out left of Jetty.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Ali'i Beach Park
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
It's best on a good sized west swell. Once it gets past 6' it will stay open faced all the way across to the inside section of reef, called the Toilet Bowl. As more North starts to fill in the peak shifts over more and makes for a shorter ride, but gets more ledgy and sketchier on the take off. It also starts to section and close out. There is always a big rip current that constantly draws you in toward, and past, the take off zone if you don't constantly paddle to stay ahead of it.
When it is smaller there are perfect reforms on the inside for the beginning surfer to start out learning to surf.
From the beach, on a good sized day, this place will fool you into thinking that it is an easy wave. Looks are very deceiving here. Once you are out there you will realize that you have stepped into a heavy, and fast wave. You need to respect the ocean, as well as the locals even if they aren't Hawaiian, or you may bite off more than you can chew. If you are up for it, and you get it on a good day, you can easily get barreled and still have three or four good turns all on one wave. Keep an eye out for sneaker sets. It is really easy to get caught inside. You have to pay your dues to get this place wired.
If it is small though it is a mellow place, perfect for beginners and children.
On it's best days, it is one of the best right breaking waves in the world. You will either love it to death, or hate the place because it will definitely put you in your place if you don't watch out.
By wavesliding1 , 02-02-2010
Thank you! - Thank you for finally updating this spot. The old description wasn't at all accurate.
By wavesliding1 , 09-11-2009
Up date the description - I have tried twice to update this spot and I don't know why they won't post it. This description is not accurate. The best swell directions are more from the west. When there is too much north it sucks, as most of the pics show and the description talks about. There are guys that surf 2nd reef Pipe, that don't want anything to do with this place when it gets big.
This is a world class break and can easily hold waves that are triple over head and bigger. When it is going off it is one of the best rights in the entire world. There is a good reason why the Triple Crown Of surfing has this place as one of the jewels in it's crown.
It has a super heavy current that runs through the lineup, so if you aren't catching waves you have to paddle hard just to stay in one spot. If you are catching waves, you only have to paddle half way out, and the current takes you the rest of the way.
When it is small or when it has too much north, it will be small anyway because it is missed by most of the swell and only catches wrap around shadowed by Puena Point. That makes it perfect for the beginers.
If it only has a little bit too much north in it though, it becomes a nasty ledgy monster of a wave, It can be fun if you can survive it and are into heavy, heavy waves. It can also make you wish you never picked up surfing though, because the beatings can be severe.
Word to the wise; Looks are very deceiving here. Even when it is big it looks like an easy wave from the beach, but when you get out there it can be a whole different story.
It is at it's best when the swell direction has a lot of west and it is 10' maybe 12' (Hawaiian scale which means backs. The face is basically double that). It isn't even real Haleiwa if it is less than 6' (Again Hawaiian scale).
By Anonymous , 27-04-2007
Haleiwa, Hawaii - Great place to surf for beginners, especially at the river mouth!
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