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Richardsons ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.8

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Richardsons break guide

Richardsons Surf Guide

Richardsons in Big Island is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east southeast. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded. Take care of urchins, rocks, locals and sharks.

Richardsons Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Richardsons:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Richardsons 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 11% of the time in July while 72% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% 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 Richardsons 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 Richardsons is Hilo International Airport (ITO) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Richardsons is Bradshaw Aaf Airport (BSF), also in Usa Hawaii Isl., 57 km (35 miles) away.

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Richardsons Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 12:50 Local Time
Thursday 25
Wave (m) 3.0
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
SE 15
ESE 15
ESE 10
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Richardsons

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

Wind History at Richardsons

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

Richardsons Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.5
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Mark from United States
“Two surf spots the bigger channel to the east has waves most of the year. Flat in late summer.N or NE best.Closes out at 5-8 ft, but the inside left can be ridden almost any size or condition, 1-3 ft. The bay to the west is the real wave. NW,N best 2-4 juicy Rights going into a close out section then you go left on the semi hollow inside.Gets too big fast and can be dangerous due to shallow reef and rocks.5-8 + shoot the point all the way to the bathrooms. Good luck”

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