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Kuau Pipes ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.3
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0
Accommodation: 5.0

Overall: 3.8

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Kuau Pipes break guidePhoto by: Tom Schonhoff

Kuau Pipes Surf Guide

Kuau Pipes in Maui is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north northeast. A reef breaks left. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of urchins and rips.

Kuau Pipes Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kuau Pipes:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kuau Pipes occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

septemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Kuau Pipes with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 50% of the time in September while 29% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 21% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
29%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
21%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Kuau Pipes Location Map

Interactive Kuau Pipes 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 Kuau Pipes is Kahului Airport (OGG) in Usa Maui Isl., 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Kuau Pipes is Kapalua (Lahania-kapalua) Airport (JHM), also in Usa Maui Isl., 31 km (19 miles) away.

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Kuau Pipes Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 4 March 2021, 20:54 Local Time
Thursday 04Fri
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 1.6
NNW
1.6
NNW
1.7
NNW
1.7
NNW
Period (s) 16 16 16 16
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
ENE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

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Swell History at Kuau Pipes

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Wind History at Kuau Pipes

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: very consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Kuau Pipes:

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