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Hapuna break guidePhoto by: Mark Forrest

Hapuna Surf Guide

Hapuna in Big Island is a reasonably exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east northeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and sharks.

Hapuna Spot Info

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

Surfing Hapuna:

The best conditions reported for surf at Hapuna occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hapuna 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 17% of the time in January while 5% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 78% 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 Hapuna Location Map

Interactive Hapuna 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 Hapuna is Waimea Kohala (Kamuela) Airport (MUE) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hapuna is Upolu (Opolu) Airport (UPP) in USA, 30 km (19 miles) away.

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Hapuna Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 January 2023, 05:41 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off cross-

Swell History at Hapuna

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

Wind History at Hapuna

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

Hapuna Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Benslanders from United States
“Hapuna is the first break I have ever surfed. It’s not the best wave but is really fun when it’s nice. There are lots of spots at hapuna so you don’t need to worry about to many people. Often times I won’t even go to the wedge (even tho it’s a really nice wave) most times I go to middle rock where there is excellent shore break and if the conditions are good glassy barrels. Or you could go to hotels with lots of backwash and even beteer closeouts not to mention the hot chicks! Overall hapuna is a great beach to come down with your friends and mess around. On a nice day it’s one of the best spots on the island but most of the time blown out or flat.”

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