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Inside Poipu ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Inside Poipu break guidePhoto by: Mike Stevens

Inside Poipu Surf Guide

Inside Poipu in Kauai is an exposed reef break that is often working. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast.. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of rips, rocks, locals and sharks.

Inside Poipu Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
24.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Inside Poipu:

The best conditions reported for surf at Inside Poipu occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Inside Poipu with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 7% of the time in May while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
7%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
28%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
65%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Inside Poipu Location Map

Interactive Inside Poipu 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 Inside Poipu is Lihue Airport (LIH) in Usa Kauai Isl., 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Inside Poipu is Barking Sands Pmrf Airport (BKH), also in Usa Kauai Isl., 39 km (24 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Inside Poipu Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 17:35 Local Time
Saturday 10Sun
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 1.0
NE
0.5
SSW
0.6
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 10 20 19 19
Wind (km/h) 10
ENE 20
NE 15
NNE 15
NNE
Wind State cross cross cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Inside Poipu

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

Wind History at Inside Poipu

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Inside Poipu. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability:
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Inside Poipu:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.