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Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor break guidePhoto by: Thomas Dean

Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor Surf Guide

Banzai Pipelines and Backdoor in Oahu is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the east southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Beware of rips and rocks.

Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor:

The best conditions reported for surf at Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 52% of the time in January while 29% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 19% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor Location Map

Interactive Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor is Dillingham Airport (HDH) in Usa Oahu Isl., 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 38 km (24 miles) away.

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Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 11 August 2022, 04:48 Local Time
Thursday 11
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor

Surf stats for Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor

Wind stats for Banzai Pipeline and Backdoor, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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