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Puaena Point break guidePhoto by: Kalani

Puaena Point Surf Guide

Puaena Point in Oahu is an exposed reef break that only works when conditions are just right. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. A reef breaks right. Often Crowded. Beware of urchins, rocks and pollution.

Puaena Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
24.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Puaena Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Puaena Point occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Puaena Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in January while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% 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 Puaena Point 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 Puaena Point is Dillingham Airport (HDH) in Usa Oahu Isl., 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Puaena Point is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 37 km (23 miles) away.

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Puaena Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 6 February 2023, 12:07 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 18 18 17 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Puaena Point

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

Wind History at Puaena Point

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

Puaena Point Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Dan from United States
“This place is great when NS is up. It holds a solid 6ft wave even when the swell might be 15ft. Surf schools bring tourists out in the bay area (for the small waves), but the good stuff is farther out. Come for the waves. The people here are not aloha and the beach is rocky. Most of the surfers think they're Kelly Slater or sumthin haha. Keep your stuff locked up too I had to get my stuff back from a bunch of ice heads last time I went.”

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