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Park at Kapiolani Park, walk in to neighborhood, beach acess in between houses.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Throngs, Thongs
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorth, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 1m+ / 3ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
Consistent, always has some sort of wave but often not as good as other spots nearby, when there is swell check other spots first. Actually just only a fun, funky, odd wave, sometimes (less than 10 days a year) can get very good, which will surprise you. Far inside left on a big longboard can be very fun and less crowded. Cannot hold any bigger than 3-4ft, ends up being a dangerous washout crowded with beginners who don't know any better spot, save yourself the anguish and pain and surf a better wave when there is swell. Take off lineup is very small, making drop-ins by beginners more and more common. Rights can be a bit hollow but very short, like 2 or 3 turns, lefts are softer and longer, sometimes very long on small days and a longboard. Used to be shortboard only until 95 or so when it got crowded. Always sharks in fall thru winter into early spring, you can see them in the deep water just outside the reef, once or twice a year the a shark clears out the lineup for a few days.
Used to be a cool little secret, now packed with dubious graduates of the surf school on the inside. Main hazards are the clueless. Watch out for the women, this is a very 'lady friendly' lineup, and lots of couples surf together so avoid drop-ins on women, her partner/husband/Local braddah will not like the infraction. There are a few people who have surfed out in this area for a very long time, they are easy to spot by where and when they catch the wave, nearly all are cool but crowds and drop-ins may make a few testy. Watch who is catching waves consistently and give them space and a smile, they will appreciate it and share. Shifty lineup, if you sit in the right spot the take-off and direction to go on the wave is obvious. Mellow vibes helps when surfing this spot, it is by far NOT a premium wave so no need to get all worked up, although a few locals can be quite short tempered at times.
Ahh, Tongg's...it used to be such a cool little wave, always something fun and never crowded, alas, now it is nearly always packed. The lineup is quite small and the ride short, so an extra few people can clutter up the wave quickly. Still, a fun wave to share with a girl and a longboard in the afternoon.
By anonymous , 22-04-2006
Something Extra re Tonggs - This spot has spawned some controversy recently. It is a residential neighborhood, and the residents obtained an injunction against Han Hedemann Surf School for bringing in too many students at one time.
By Don Ho , 30-01-2006
Agreed - Anonymous you nailed it. Te crowd here is very mellow. Lots of yong chicks and beginners. No hassles at all. Most people who surf Tonggs realize that and don't head out there expecting to set the surfing world on fire. Go out, enjoy the ocean and relax.
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