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Chinamans Hat/Mokolii Surf Guide

Chinamans Hat/Mokolii in Oahu is an exposed point break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the south southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. A left hand reef. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks/rips.

Chinamans Hat/Mokolii Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
25.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Chinamans Hat/Mokolii:

The best conditions reported for surf at Chinamans Hat/Mokolii occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Chinamans Hat/Mokolii (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Chinamans Hat/Mokolii 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 7% of the time in December while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% 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 Chinamans Hat/Mokolii Location Map

Interactive Chinamans Hat/Mokolii 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 Chinamans Hat/Mokolii is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF) in Usa Oahu Isl., 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Chinamans Hat/Mokolii is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 24 km (15 miles) away.

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Chinamans Hat/Mokolii Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 22 May 2022, 15:20 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 6 7 6
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Chinamans Hat/Mokolii

Surf stats for Chinamans Hat/Mokolii, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Chinamans Hat/Mokolii

Wind stats for Chinamans Hat/Mokolii, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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