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Maui Surfing on Your Vacation

Maui is a great place to surf for all proficiency levels.
January 04, 2013

Maui Surfing on Your Vacation

By Kenneth Rothman

Kaanapali Beachfront Condos

January is one of the best months for surfing on Maui's North Shore. Advanced surfers will appreciate all the big beautiful barrel waves that January swells generate, but there are also places where the waves are ideal for beginners.

If you're just starting out, you might want to try South Shore or West Maui, where our vacation rental accommodations are located. You should book some lessons with one of the many local experts and surf schools. They will direct you to the best surf spot for your level based on conditions the day of your lesson. Another perk is that when you take an actual lesson, your chances of standing up during your first lesson are high. Our tip for the beginner surf areas is to bring reef shoes. Click for a list of Maui surf schools. On a side note, the South Shore and West Maui areas can be good for longboarding too.

Now on to the more advanced surf areas! North Shore Maui gets the largest and most consistent share of surf on the island. Hookipa is the most popular area to do it in, but it is also a local favorite, so it is really important that you are extra polite and don't drop in on anyone. You'll find 3-4 main breaks here, and two entrances on either end of the beach. There is reef here, and some of it is exposed by wave action, so make sure to avoid those areas. You might also try Honolua Bay, where the waves can be a bit inconsistent, but sometimes there are really good ones. Neither of these areas are ideal for beginners.

When you're surfing Maui, be aware that conditions can change more abruptly than coastal mainland areas. Conditions are calmest early in the morning, and the wind tends to pick up through the afternoon and evening, which makes the waves messy. South and West Maui are also calmer than the North Shore, and located conveniently close to our Kaanaapali beachfront condos. Use your best judgement when assessing conditions, and always check the surf reports. Sometimes there are jellyfish warnings and other notices you'll want to look for. Again, be careful of the reef, and also of sea urchins. Don't hang around in the water if you get cut, because you could attract a shark from a long distance away.

Maui is one of the most beautiful places in the world to surf, and the weather is warmer than anywhere else in the US coastal areas. We are referring to water temperature too, of course. Since it is January, you are likely to see humpback whales at play farther offshore. Be safe and enjoy the sights, sounds and surf of Maui! Mahalo for reading, and have a wonderful vacation!

Blogs for January 2013

Visit Maui's Waterfalls in Hana

Posted on January 25, 2013
Visit Maui's Waterfalls in Hana

By Kenneth Rothman

If you think the cascading waterfalls in the Maui postcards are an exaggeration of the beauty to be found here, think again! Take the long journey to East Maui from our Kaanapali accommodations, and you may find it difficult to count the number of… Continue Reading

Maui Valentine's Day

Posted on January 18, 2013
Maui Valentine's Day

By Kenneth Rothman

Valentine's Day is less than a month away! What better way to spend it with your sweetheart than on a vacation to Maui, one of the most romantic places in the world?

First of all, if you think you can't get affordable plane tickets unless you book… Continue Reading

The 8th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

Posted on January 11, 2013
The 8th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational

By Kenneth Rothman

As you may have heard us mention before, Maui is an artistic hotspot with Lahaina Town boasting more galleries per capita than any other town in the U.S. Many artists from abroad showcase their work here but many others live here… Continue Reading

Maui Surfing on Your Vacation

Posted on January 04, 2013
Maui Surfing on Your Vacation

By Kenneth Rothman

January is one of the best months for surfing on Maui's North Shore. Advanced surfers will appreciate all the big beautiful barrel waves that January swells generate, but there are also places where the waves are ideal for beginners.

If you're just starting out, you… Continue Reading


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