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Latitude: 21° 40.566' N
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Head north on Kam Hwy, pass the old Kammies Market location, Sunset is on your left. Beach parking
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityTotally Epic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
When in doubt, don't go out! Sunset can transform from 3' and sunny in the morning, to a biblical 15'+ in 3 hrs. Sunset proper doesn't start to cap until the swell exceeds 6', and racy boards in the 7'4" - 8'6" range are the norm. Watch out for the infamous cleanup rogue west peaks that loom out of the channel.
respect the locals. don't surf here unless you can duckdive and not bail your board. surf off the peak until you are confident
It's been said a million times, but don't get complacent. Sunset will kick your ass in a way you've never experienced. The wave is often twice as thick as it is high, and the open ocean energy pours in like a raging elephant. The lineup is vast, complex, and filled with blue water veterans who are never openly gracious to sharing. Hook into a good peak and realize that you have reached the pinnacle of the surfing experience.
Figuring out (much less ripping) this place takes time, and more time. How hard is it? It's hard enough that Kelly Slater has never properly figured it out, and has never won a contest here. Kelly doesn't like the place. It gives him trouble. Consider that, if you will. Looks deceptively easy from the beach, but trust me it isn't. Be patient and respectful. Completely master it at 6'-8' before you think about attempting it at 10'-15'. Let Peter Cole ride alone. Oh, and don't forget about that west peak.
By Anonymous , 30-01-2011
Think First - I have been playing with big wave dreams on & off. I love this spot. But it is break Im never comfortable in. Even when I thought I couldnt be more ready the 1st time I went out. It still kicked me hard. This spot is one you train for. Cardio & strength. Dont paddle out till you have done your homework. This is the most unpredictable spot on the N. Shore. Be prepared to paddle. Watch out for your fellow surfers. Have your "stuff" together mentally & physiclly before heading out. Have fun but be VERY awake.
By Anonymous , 01-03-2009
Aloha From Sunset Beach - I have two studios for rent if anyone is comming toHawaii to surf. The waves last until the end of May. I s not crwded this time of year because all the pros are in Austraia or somewhere else. Sunset proper and Sunset point are two different animals. The point can be fun at one foot and the real peak doesnt show until maybe 5with a 5 foot swell. There is a big chanel tht sucks youuout to the line up ad staying i the lineup is easy most of the time because te rip dissapears out there. If you come stay I can give what knowledge I have abut the different spots. I have people from all over the world say here ad nobody has had a bad time. firstname.lastname@example.org
By Manuel Sardá , 03-05-2008
You mus be in excelente condition - I lived in the North Shore for 6 months and it was a awesome expierence. If you ever think surf Sunset Beach big, you must be in excelent condition and have balls. No bull shit.... I almost died surfing this wave when a set of 10 waves crash into my head, THE WAVE IS POWER!
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