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Take a September Surfing Staycation

September 05, 2017

Long before Kauai was named as one of “The 65 Best Surf Spots in the World” by Men’s Journal, the island was a popular destination for both seasoned and novice surfers. With some of the heaviest waves on Earth to its credit, the surfing is always copacetic in Kauai, but the ideal place on the island to ride a wave often varies with the season. Ocean shifts can be radical with the change of the seasons, and even by the hour! Tides and local winds have an effect on wave sizes, and there are consistently large and smaller waves that appeal to beginners and surfing virtuosos.

From May through October, Poipu Beach on the south side offers slow waves ideal for newbies. Kalapaki Beach at the Nawiliwili Harbor on the southeastern shoreline has shallow sandbar breaks for novices and bodyboarders, with the outside area popular with skilled riders. Kealia Beach on the east coast is another good spot for both bodyboarders and surfers, and the west side’s Pakala, offers a long, left point break. These are only a few suggestions for surfers - any time during the year, Kauai is filled with prime surfing areas, and miles of beaches, all of them accessible to the public.