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Kua Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.2

Overall: 2.7

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Kua Bay break guidePhoto by: Jakey1165

Kua Bay Surf Guide

Kua Bay in Big Island is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the southeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of - Localism.

Kua Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kua Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kua Bay occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Kua Bay 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 27% of the time in January while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 22% 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 Kua Bay 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 Kua Bay is Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 9 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Kua Bay is Waimea Kohala (Kamuela) Airport (MUE), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 41 km (25 miles) away.

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Kua Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 05:17 Local Time
Thursday 15
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 11 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 5
NE 5
NE 5
Wind State glass cross cross-

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Swell History at Kua Bay

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Wind History at Kua Bay

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Kua Bay Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s32.7
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.8
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.2
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Don Hurzeler from United States
“Some incorrect info on Kua here. Kua is nowhere near least 2.5 hours away by car. Stay in Kona or Waikoloa...Hilo would be a horrible choice for visiting Kua. Second, localism...what localism...I go every day and I never see it and I have seen it elsewhere all my life. We love tourists and visitors at Kua...please come and feel welcome. Third, the beach is one of the gems of the will love unless it is heavy surf in winter..then you might want to go elsewhere as the surf pulls out most of the sand. Last, it is not a board surf break...mostly body surfers and boogie boards...shore break and lots of fun. However, when it gets big...don't try it unless you are an expert in the ocean...can be a killer. If you like clear water that is warm all year round, turtles, dolphin, fish, and friendly people...come see Kua.”

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