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Papaikou Mill Surf Guide

Papaikou Mill in Big Island is a reef break that has very consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the west northwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of - Rips / undertow - Rocks.

Papaikou Mill Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
26.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papaikou Mill:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Papaikou Mill with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in July while 80% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% 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 Papaikou Mill Location Map

Interactive Papaikou Mill 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 Papaikou Mill is Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Papaikou Mill is Bradshaw Aaf Airport (BSF), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 49 km (30 miles) away.

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Papaikou Mill Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 7 July 2022, 03:59 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Papaikou Mill

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

Wind History at Papaikou Mill

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

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