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Makalawena ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Makalawena Surf Guide

Makalawena in Big Island is a quite exposed beach break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks consists of rights. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Hazards include rips and sharks.

Makalawena Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
24.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Makalawena:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Makalawena 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 11% of the time in January while 11% 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.
clean
11%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
11%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
78%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Makalawena Location Map

Interactive Makalawena 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 Makalawena is Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Makalawena is Waimea Kohala (Kamuela) Airport (MUE), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 45 km (28 miles) away.

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Makalawena Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 21:16 Local Time
ThuFriday 16
11PM2AM5AM8AM
Wave (m) 0.5
NNE
0.5
NNE
0.4
NNE
0.5
SW
Period (s) 7 7 7 22
Wind (km/h) 0
NE 5
SSW 5
WSW 10
WSW
Wind State glass cross cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Makalawena

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

Wind History at Makalawena

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

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