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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Waimea Bay

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Latitude: 21° 38.506' N
Longitude: 158° 3.78' W

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Off Kam highway look for Waimea Falls Park, the beach here is Waimea Beach Park.

English (Translate this text in English): Off Kam highway look for Waimea Falls Park, the beach here is Waimea Beach Park.

English (Translate this text in English): Off Kam highway look for Waimea Falls Park, the beach here is Waimea Beach Park.

English (Translate this text in English): Off Kam highway look for Waimea Falls Park, the beach here is Waimea Beach Park.

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Waimea can actually be split into three waves, 'Waimea' itself - a mountain of water, Pinballs (along the rocks on small days), and the Waimea Shorebreak, which is just about unsurfable (unless you have a bodyboard and a death-wish).

This is the original big-wave spot: it requires big boards, big balls and big arms. Just paddling out would be too much for most people on big days. Once out watch the rips, they are evil and can get you into big big trouble very quick.

English (Translate this text in English): Waimea can actually be split into three waves, 'Waimea' itself - a mountain of water, Pinballs (along the rocks on small days), and the Waimea Shorebreak, which is just about unsurfable (unless you have a bodyboard and a death-wish).<br /><br />This is the original big-wave spot: it requires big boards, big balls and big arms. Just paddling out would be too much for most people on big days. Once out watch the rips, they are evil and can get you into big big trouble very quick.

English (Translate this text in English): Waimea can actually be split into three waves, 'Waimea' itself - a mountain of water, Pinballs (along the rocks on small days), and the Waimea Shorebreak, which is just about unsurfable (unless you have a bodyboard and a death-wish).&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;This is the original big-wave spot: it requires big boards, big balls and big arms. Just paddling out would be too much for most people on big days. Once out watch the rips, they are evil and can get you into big big trouble very quick.

English (Translate this text in English): Waimea can actually be split into three waves, 'Waimea' itself - a mountain of water, Pinballs (along the rocks on small days), and the Waimea Shorebreak, which is just about unsurfable (unless you have a bodyboard and a death-wish).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This is the original big-wave spot: it requires big boards, big balls and big arms. Just paddling out would be too much for most people on big days. Once out watch the rips, they are evil and can get you into big big trouble very quick.

Atmosphere

Legendary wave - you've seen those photos of 6+ guys on *huge* guns, looking insignificant against a solid 30+ft wall of water?? Well this is it!

English (Translate this text in English): Legendary wave - you've seen those photos of 6+ guys on *huge* guns, looking insignificant against a solid 30+ft wall of water?? Well this is it!

English (Translate this text in English): Legendary wave - you've seen those photos of 6+ guys on *huge* guns, looking insignificant against a solid 30+ft wall of water?? Well this is it!

English (Translate this text in English): Legendary wave - you've seen those photos of 6+ guys on *huge* guns, looking insignificant against a solid 30+ft wall of water?? Well this is it!

General

Gets crowded when small (15ft !!), not unusual to see 5+ guys on one wave - maybe they're just good friends, who knows? Bigger days, it gets less crowded - but thats hardly news!.

English (Translate this text in English): Gets crowded when small (15ft !!), not unusual to see 5+ guys on one wave - maybe they're just good friends, who knows? Bigger days, it gets less crowded - but thats hardly news!.

English (Translate this text in English): Gets crowded when small (15ft !!), not unusual to see 5+ guys on one wave - maybe they're just good friends, who knows? Bigger days, it gets less crowded - but thats hardly news!.

English (Translate this text in English): Gets crowded when small (15ft !!), not unusual to see 5+ guys on one wave - maybe they're just good friends, who knows? Bigger days, it gets less crowded - but thats hardly news!.

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By Anonymous , 26-06-2008

a couple questions... - I have a couple questions about waimea.
1. How deep is it where the main wave breaks? Is it coral or sand?
2. How do you know when to exit and enter the water with the shorebreak?
3. Are there many sneaker sets that come through?

By Anonymous , 07-12-2007

sunny G - you guys are all soft. y dont yous all paddel out with the big boys wen its 30ft+ next time and well see whos tough. see you on the north shore . sunny

By Kawika , 29-10-2007

pronounce it correctly - stop saying "why-ah-me-ya". pronounce it correctly or don't say it at all. it's waimea!!! phonetically (why-may-ah). next time you say it wrong you going get cracks!!!

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