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Makapu'u Surf Guide

Makapu'u in Oahu is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the east southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rocks/crowds.

Makapu'u Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
25.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Makapu'u:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Makapu'u with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in March while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 69% 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 Makapu'u Location Map

Interactive Makapu'u 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 Makapu'u is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF) in Usa Oahu Isl., 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Makapu'u is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 28 km (17 miles) away.

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Makapu'u Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 22 May 2022, 14:05 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 6
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Makapu'u

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

Wind History at Makapu'u

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

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