Hawaii Surfing Beaches

During Winter, powerful swells pound the West and North Shore of the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s top surfers come to test their skills and catch some of the best waves on the planet. Summer brings large waves predominately to the south side. Though generally not as powerful as winter swells, the waves are still world-class.

Winter

  • North: huge, dangerous swells consistently
  • East: surf can get large and rough with strong trade winds
  • South: usually flat to small surf during winter, can be sunny even if it is raining up north
  • West: north swells wrap to the west side creating high surf, your best bet for sun and dry weather

Summer

  • North: usually flat to small waves except for areas exposed to trade wind waves
  • East: surf can get large and rough with strong trade winds
  • South: large south swells arrive frequently
  • West: south swells wrap around to the west side and can create high surf

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