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Point Panic Surf Guide

Point Panic in Oahu is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. A reef breaks right. It's often crowded here. Watch out for rocks and pollution.

Point Panic Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Point Panic:

The best conditions reported for surf at Point Panic occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Point Panic 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 73% of the time in July while 3% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% 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).

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Interactive Point Panic 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 Point Panic is Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Usa Oahu Isl., 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Point Panic is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 20 km (12 miles) away.

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Point Panic Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 08:21 Local Time
Sunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 15 15 19
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Point Panic

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

Wind History at Point Panic

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

Point Panic Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Brandon from United States
“It is important to rate this place as a bodysurf spot, of which the high performance right is probably the best on the south side during the summer. No boards allowed on the right, although some surfers tend to disobey that ruling. For the most part, Point Panics is the mecca of longwave bodysurfing on Oahu.”

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