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Ripps Reef Surf Guide

Ripps Reef in Oahu is an exposed reef break Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown.

Ripps Reef Spot Info

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

Surfing Ripps Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ripps Reef 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 Ripps Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Ripps Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in March while 44% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 50% 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 Ripps Reef Location Map

Interactive Ripps Reef 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 Ripps Reef is Kaneohe Bay Mcaf Airport (NGF) in Usa Oahu Isl., 2 km (1 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ripps Reef is Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also in Usa Oahu Isl., 21 km (13 miles) away.

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Ripps Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 09:55 Local Time
Sunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 17
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Ripps Reef

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

Wind History at Ripps Reef

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

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