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China Walls Surf Guide

China Walls in Oahu is an exposed reef break that has consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Works best in offshore winds from the north northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the south. A reef breaks left. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and locals.

China Walls Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
25.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing China Walls:

The best conditions reported for surf at China Walls occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing China Walls with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 71% of the time in July while 5% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% 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).

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Interactive China Walls 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 China Walls is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF) in Usa Oahu Isl., 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to China Walls is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 23 km (14 miles) away.

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China Walls Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 23:58 Local Time
WedThursday 19
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-
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Swell History at China Walls

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

Wind History at China Walls

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

China Walls Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.2
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s43.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Lexi from United States
“I don't think the people at China Walls today at around 4pm would ever read this review but I just wanted to thank them immensely for their heroism today! I was the girl that knew the water was too dangerous for her to voluntarily go swim in but had no idea that ridiculously powerful waves could out of no where sweep people off the edge of the rocks (a warning to any visitors reading this before going). One thing that has made this place feel like a true paradise is how caring and good natured the people who live here are. The surfers in the water came to my rescue the second I fell in. One held my hand and told me to dive under a wave that would have damn near drowned me or thrown me into the rocks further. Another gave me his surfboard to stay afloat since my leg was all busted and directed me to the easiest way out. A man was waiting for me with an outstretched hand to help me out of the water. You have to get the timing just right with the waves or they will just smash you into the rocks and then pull you back out before you can climb up. Once out, there was so much blood gushing from my knee and select other cuts... one nice woman came over and gave us all of the ice she had in her cooler and another was ready to give me the shirt off her back to help stop the bleeding! Reading articles on this spot just made me realize how lucky I was to just have a few chunks of skin missing and not my life. I was fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing and genuinely caring people. Thank you thank you thank you and I hope that if you ever find yourselves in trouble like I did, karma will plant some good people there to help you as well.”

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