Little Waimea

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Love the spot.......big, powerful, hollow, empty.

As with all big wave spots, the utmost respect for the wave must be established before paddling out. It breaks both ways but tends to be a better right than left because of the close outs to the left. This break can also have Jet-skiers in the sets......although they ussually leave the guys surfing plenty of room, there's always a couple of kooks that will give jet-skiers a bad name. Had the lifeguards come out from Mission Bay and boot a couple Jet-skier kooks and ticket them for riding the same waves as we were.

Additional Info:
Only go when it's big and high tide. This break is seperate from the lighthouse break on the reef (which at low tide can become exposed) and is located south of that reef. It only breaks when it's big seeing as how the reef is deeper........but when it's's a nice clean right and a mental left. Have ridden the rights up to 15' and not one closed out.


Get a boat or shmooze someone with a boat. Have them take you down to shelter island. Drop the boat and head out to sea..........the break is at the tip of the outlet on your right side past Ralph's (the break....not the store.)

WalkShort walk (5-15 min)
Public accessUnknown
4x4 requiredNo
Boat requiredYes
Wave Characteristics
TypeReef (rocky)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc.)
FrequencySometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Swell size5ft-6ft - 16ft and over
TideHigh tide only
Tide movementRising tide

Rips / undertow, Rocks, Man-made danger (buoys etc..)



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