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Power Plant Surf Guide

Power Plant in Oahu is a fairly exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Good surf at all stages of the tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Watch out for - Rips / undertow - Localism - Pollution - Sharks.

Power Plant Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
25.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Power Plant:

The best conditions reported for surf at Power Plant occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Power Plant with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 70% of the time in June while 2% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 28% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
70%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
2%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
28%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Power Plant Location Map

Interactive Power Plant 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 Power Plant is Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Usa Oahu Isl., 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Power Plant is Dillingham Airport (HDH), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 26 km (16 miles) away.

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Power Plant Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 10:11 Local Time
Sunday 29
11AM2PM5PM8PM
Wave (m)
1.5
NW
1.6
NW
1.6
NW
1.7
NW
Period (s) 18 18 17 17
Wind (km/h)
35
35
35
35
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Power Plant

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

Wind History at Power Plant

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

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