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Bay Front break guidePhoto by: David Prager

Bay Front Surf Guide

Bay Front in Big Island is a quite exposed reef break. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the south. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. A reef breaks left. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Take care of urchins, rocks, locals and sharks.

Bay Front Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
25.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bay Front:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bay Front occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Bay Front (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Bay Front with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 28% of the time in December while 26% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 46% 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 Bay Front Location Map

Interactive Bay Front 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 Bay Front is Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Bay Front is Bradshaw Aaf Airport (BSF), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 49 km (30 miles) away.

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Bay Front Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 23:23 Local Time
WedThursday 19
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass glass off cross-

Swell History at Bay Front

Surf stats for Bay Front, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Bay Front

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

Bay Front Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Ken from Nicaragua
“If this was the only surf spot around, there wouldn't be much surfing going on. The Hilo break wall blocks most potential swell, leaving an available swell window of only a few degrees. When the conditions line up though, the result can be magic. Mile long lefts and some exciting rights. The paddle out is long, but the paddle in can be short if you manage to connect the dots. Make the drop off the main peak and race through one section and it should be smooth sailing for the next 30-45 seconds. The spot is dominated on the outside by SUP's and long boarders. Shortboarders get some healthy scraps on the inside. May only break a dozen times per year, usually Oct-Nov will be at least half of these days. Easy in and out of the water. While locals will mostly be in the water, this is not a localized spot because of the irregularity of the surf: usually just a bunch of SUP's practicing in a nice quiet bay or on some ankle sized waves. Water is relatively clean and surprisingly (but not dangerously) shallow. River runoff is the main factor determining water quality. Sea lice are about the only real gripe out in the bay so I recommend a rash guard or light wetsuit.”

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