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Rockpiles is situated right in front of the first lifeguard tower before Off-the-Wall, Backdoor, Pipeline, and Ehukai Beach Park.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Park in the parking lot overlooking Off-the-Wall to the right. Paddle out to the right of the obvious rock boulders. Time the sets or you will get serious gas. Rockpiles serves a slopey takeoff that boils and creates a huge bowl on the inside that usually pinches. On its day, though, the wave will stay open. On a very rare occasion, the sand to the left of Off-the-Wall on a gigantic North swell will create a sand bar. This allows Rockpiles to accomodate four to eight foot waves to peel for a good 100 yards into Off-the-Wall territory. The right can also connect all the way to Log Cabins to the left. The right is very sketchy when there is no sand bar. Reef sticks out everywhere. Not worth riding the right unless it's breaking outside and at least four feet. Although the lifeguards have a close eye on the waveriders, it is highly recommended you do not get stuck on the inside. They do not call this spot Rockpiles for nothing.
Crowds are minimal. Lots of days go with none or only two people out. It's rare for it to even exceed twenty people in the lineup but it does happen.
Back in 1995 I saw Rockpiles get so epic that every single professional surfer in the world was out. The beach was littered with photogs and the left went so long that it barreled over a sand bar all the way to Backdoor. On this day, Off-the-Wall was part of Rockpiles. It was pretty amazing. The swell was solid northwest swell with a shit load of west swinging it in diagonally. I have never seen it like that again. Truly one of the best lefts when everything comes together.
By still standing , 15-03-2008
the 70's - rock pile and Logcabins....never went for the thrill big days bone crushing nut squeezing days...but had many chest high to head high days that were exciting...always looking for the boils and zipping around the heads gave good ride...the bottom will give you a nasty bump...gotta pay your dues
By anonymous , 16-04-2006
hi guys - Thanks for the heaps up in regards to directions. I'm a shithouse surfer/goat boater. you don't need to worry about the crowds anymore cause next time it is good, i'll bring a busload of surfers down (also kooks) and well get in everyones way. I'll be wearing a pink g-string if you want to paddle over and say hi
By anonymous , 01-12-2005
rock piles is hectic - ive seen footige of rockpiles on surf movies and it looks way more sketchy than pipe and off the wall is it?
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