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Pakalas Surf Guide

Pakalas in Kauai is an exposed reef and point break that has pretty consitent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the north northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south.Surfers ride left hand point. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of urchins, rips and rocks.

Pakalas Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
25.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pakalas:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Pakalas with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 40% of the time in August while 7% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 53% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
40%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
7%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
53%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Pakalas Location Map

Interactive Pakalas 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 Pakalas is Barking Sands Pmrf Airport (BKH) in Usa Kauai Isl., 18 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pakalas is Lihue Airport (LIH), also in Usa Kauai Isl., 32 km (20 miles) away.

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Pakalas Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 January 2023, 05:10 Local Time
Friday 27
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m)
0.7
E
0.7
E
Period (s) 9 9 - -
Wind (km/h)
15
15
10
10
Wind State off off cross-
off
off

Swell History at Pakalas

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

Wind History at Pakalas

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

Pakalas Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.3
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.7
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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travis from United States
“Much better breaks on the island.

Dirty murky water, ankle deep reef, shark infested. Visitors should stay away and go to the south/north shore.”

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